Date-Nut Apple Cake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 65 min. + cooling


12 servings

Updated: Oct. 14, 2022
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.


  • 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


  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 in 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.

Nutrition Facts

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