Date-Nut Apple Cake Recipe
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Date-Nut Apple Cake Recipe

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WE have enjoyed this recipe for many years. It was given to me by a college friend. It looks like a standard fruit cake, but the rich, moist texture of apples, dates, raisins and nuts makes it a very satisfying dessert. A slice of this cake, topped with whipped cream, whipped topping or a big scoop of ice cream will have your guests coming back for more.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) chopped dates
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-3/4 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup chopped peeled tart apple
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 461 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 497mg sodium, 79g carbohydrate (54g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine dates and raisins. Add 1 tablespoon flour and toss to coat; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the baking soda, salt and remaining flour; add to creamed mixture alternately with boiling water. Stir in the apple, walnuts and reserved date mixture.
  3. Transfer to a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Date-Nut Apple Cake in Reminisce October/November 2006, p49

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kckamargo63 User ID: 7981779 219160
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"Very delicious and moist!"

mlucas User ID: 1599761 73334
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2011

"great flavor, everyone loved it. Have made it several times."

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