Lumberjack Cake

Serves 10-12 Prep Time 20 minutes   Cook Time 1 hours 20 minutes   Rated:

There isn't a lot you can do to make this a pretty cake. But trust me, you won't care about that at all once you have a piece. Call it an apple and date cake with a coconut topping if you like. Apparently the topping has a resemblance to wood chips and that is how it got its name, and well, it is about as appealing to look at as a pile of woodchips. It is however, much much more delicious.

Steaming this cake makes it so good. It is light, with the caramel chewy topping. Edge pieces are premium real estate, so get in early! Enjoy!

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  • 2 medium apples, peeled, cored and quartered
  • 200 Grams dates, pitted
  • 230 Grams water
  • 1 Teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 125 Grams unsalted butter BUY
  • 200 Grams raw sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla bean paste BUY
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 180 Grams wholemeal flour, sifted
  • Pinches salt
  • Icing
  • 60 Grams butter BUY
  • 120 Grams milk
  • 150 Grams dark brown sugar
  • 60 Grams shredded coconut BUY



Place apples and dates into the Thermomix bowl. Chop 6 sec/speed 6 Add water and cook 10 min/100°C/speed 1. Add bicarb and stir quickly with spatula to combine. Set aside to cool.


Preheat steam oven to 130°C. If you don't have a steam oven, use your regular oven, but place a baking tray filled with water on the bottom rack of the oven as you preheat it, also to 130°C.


Place butter and sugar into the Thermomix bowl and chop 20 sec/speed 5 or until smooth. Insert Butterfly and whip 2 min/Butterfly/speed 3. Scrape down as needed.


Add eggs, vanilla, baking powder and baking soda and mix 1 min/Butterfly/speed 3. Remove Butterfly.


Add sifted flour and salt 12 sec/Interval or Dough setting.


Add the cooled fruit mix, combine with a spatula.


Pour into greased 20cm square cake pan.


Bake in steam oven for 1 hour.




Place all ingredients into the Thermomix bowl and cook 6 min/80/speed 1


Spread this mixture over hot cake and bake under fan grill (160°C) for 10 minutes or until golden brown.


Egg custard, (see recipe on this site) a scoop of vanilla ice-cream or a

dollop of whipped cream.

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