Apple Sauce Walnut and Date Cake

Apple Sauce Walnut and Date Cake

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This is a good old fashioned apple cake that uses premade apple sauce. It will fill your house with the spicy fragrance of autumn.

Cathy Brisco

Serves: 14 

  • 3 1/2 cups (450g) plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 teaspoons bicarb soda
  • 125g butter
  • 2 cups (375g) packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 cups unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup (90g) raisins
  • 1/2 cup (75g) dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup (125g) chopped walnuts
  • 125g butter
  • 1 cup (185g) packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (65ml) milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 cups (300g) sifted icing sugar

Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:1hour30min  ›  Ready in:1hour55min 

  1. Whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon, cloves and bicarb soda. Set aside.
  2. Cream together 125g butter or margarine and 2 cups brown sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Mix in eggs. Add flour mixture into creamed mixture alternately with apple sauce, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in the raisins, dates and walnuts. Pour into greased and floured ring tin.
  3. Bake at 150 degrees C for 1 1/2 hours, or until done. Cool.
  4. To make icing, melt 125g butter or margarine in a small saucepan over low heat and stir in 1 cup brown sugar. Boil for 2 minutes. Stir in milk and continue to stir until the mixture returns to a boil. Remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes. Beat in vanilla and icing sugar.

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