Apple, Date and Sultana Cake

    Apple, Date and Sultana Cake

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    Stewed apples are added to this fruit cake to keep it moist. Rather than buying a mixed fruit blend I make my own including cherries, sultanas, dates and walnuts.

    Serves: 12 

    • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
    • 1 cup butter
    • 2 eggs
    • 3 1/4 cups (400g) plain flour
    • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
    • 1 1/2 cups sultanas
    • 1 1/2 cups dates, pitted and diced
    • 1/2 cup cherries, coarsely chopped
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups applesauce, or stewed apples
    • 6 cherries, halved
    • 6 pecan halves

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:1hour15min  ›  Ready in:1hour35min 

    1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Grease a 25cm ring tin. Line bottom with baking paper and grease again.
    2. In large bowl cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs and blend well.
    3. Combine 1/2 cup of flour with nuts, sultanas, dates and cherries; stir until coated. Set aside.
    4. Add remaining 2 3/4 cups flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and salt to egg mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened then beat 2 minutes on medium speed.
    5. Fold fruit and nut mixture and applesauce into batter. Pour batter into the prepared ring tin. Arrange cherry halves and pecans on top.
    6. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes clean.
    7. Cool upright in pan for 5 minutes. Turn onto wire rack and remove cake tin and baking paper. Cool completely.

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