Thursday, January 8, 2009


I guess most would have a recipe for this luscious, decadent cake. Or, perhaps, like me you didn't know of it. It was labelled a 'healthy option' to the Christmas fruitcake. I 'whipped it up' yesterday and, as fortune would have it, we had visitors in the afternoon, ravenous, hot and thirsty after a shopping trip in 30+ heat. So in the air-conditioned comfort they partook of Lumberjack and ice-cold soda water with a dash of lime. Hoping for more visitors today....don't get me wrong, it is delicious and that's our problem! Here is the recipe.

2 medium apples, chopped
180g pitted dates, chopped
1tsp bicarbonate soda
1tsp mixed spice
75ml oil (olive, sunflower, canola)
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1tsp vanilla extract
1 cup wholemeal flour
Cup rolled oats
Cup sunflower seeds

Cup brown sugar
Cup skim milk
Cup shredded coconut

  • Preheat oven to 180C. Spray a 19cm cake time with oil and line the base with baking paper.
  • Combine apples, dates, bicarb soda and one cup of boiling water in a small bowl and leave to cool
  • Blend mixed spice, oil, sugar, egg and vanilla in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  • Sift flour and return husks to flour. Combine sifted flour, oats and sunflower seeds.
  • Fold flour mix and date mix into egg mixture. Pour into tin and bake for 35 minutes.
  • Combine topping mix and gently spread over partially cooked cake.
  • Return to oven and bake for a further 20 minutes or until top is brown.
  • Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out. Cool before slicing.
For extra wellness: Use soy milk for dairy-free.

For gluten-free:
Substitute gluten-free flour for flour and rolled amaranth for rolled oats.

Mmm, even nicer today!


willow said...

This looks heavenly! I love cakes with oatmeal in them. I'm going to take the recipe back to the Manor and restrain from making it. I am now on a mean eating regime.

Coccinella said...

That's what I need, inspiration! My mean, eating regime will have to start next Monday, after a weekend of double birthday celebrations. Put it away until next Christmas, Willow. You're a good girl; keep it up!

Betsy said...

oooh..thanks for sharing this! It looks so delicious! I'm bookmarking it right now! xo

Betsy Brock said...

I bookmarked this way before pinterest and tonight I'm pinning all of my bookmarks! This is calling my name...must make soon.

Hope you are well! miss you!

alaine@éclectique said...

Hello Betsy,

How lovely to hear from you! I only just shared this recipe on my Facebook page for a friend of mine. She made it on the weekend and said that 14 people loved it at a Birthday party! It is a scrumptious cake!

I am very well and hope you are too! I miss my bloggy friends also...maybe one day I'll blog again.

Cheers from Oz,
Alaine xx

alaine@éclectique said...

Ignore the typo "Cake time" - I only noticed that last week!! :)