Saturday, 3 October 2009

Lumberjack Cake

I know, I know, it's strange name for a cake! But imagine this - it's luscious apple and date in the base layer, it's toasted and caramelised coconut on top - think sticky date pudding - but in a cake!

I was asked to share this ages ago, so here it finally is.

2 large apples, peeled, cored and grated (or finely chopped) {I've also used pears which were yummy too}
1 cup chopped dates
1 tsp bicarb of soda
1 cup boiling water
125g butter softened (or I zap the butterbriefly in the microwave on a low heat, if I've forgotten to take it out of the fridge)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup caster sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups plain flour
60g butter
1/2 cup brown sugar (I like using the dark brown sugar)
1/2 cup milk
2/3 cup shredded coconut (you can use dessicated, but the shredded gives a better result)

Grease and line a cake tin (I have successfully used a 21cm round springform tin, and an 18cm square tin)
Combine chopped apples and dates, add hot water and then bicarb - mix and leave for 10-15 minutes.
In a separate bowl, combine butter, sugar, vanilla and egg and beat until creamy and light.
Add apple mixture to butter mixture and carefully fold in flour.
Pour into cake tin and bake in a moderate (180C) oven for 50 minutes.
While the cake is cooking, prepare the topping - combine topping ingredients in a saucepan over low heat, and stir until thoroughly combined.
Remove cake from oven after 50 minutes, and pour/spoon topping mixture over the cake. It will look quite runny - don't worry - it's meant to!
Bake for another 20 minutes, then remove and stand for at least 5-10 minutes before turning out.

Delicious with rich cream!

Be warned, you may spontaneously break into this song at any given moment during the baking process, or indeed, while eating... ;)


BonTons said...

This is my husbands favourite cake, I make it every year for his birthday!!! So delicious

TMCPhoto said...

That looks so Yummy, John Cleese dressed as a Mountie, (I'm a bit of a Cleese lover) plus the cake looks good too.

Quercus Silver said...

Ya! Any excuse for The Lumberjack Song. The cake looks fabulous!

planettreasures said...

Yum! Looks like a great recipe and we all love singing here!