Monday, October 7, 2019

Apple Date and Nut Cake

After having a record high of 97 degrees yesterday,  I have good news to share...our "Hotumn" (a new word I learned!) is over, at long last, and I'm celebrating with a recipe that I have been searching for in my files for sooooo long.  I made this cake from a recipe that I clipped from the newspaper in Columbus, Ohio, in the early 70's.  I remember making this for my Aunt Kitty and Uncle John.  It's a very moist cake, and I was so happy to finally find this clipping again.  Yes, I put a dollop of Cool Whip on top, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I love that stuff.  I also have equal love for whipped cream. 

 I'm using this favorite Autumn teacup that my friend, Rosie, gave me from her late Mother's collection.  It's Woodland Series Robin by Royal Albert.  Isn't it a beauty?  I love getting out my seasonal teacups to sip from.

 I was sitting out one evening, near dusk, and birds were flying to my waterfall like crazy.  Can you spot the cardinal on the left, and the tiny goldfinch on the right?  I had never seen goldfinches visit before, but I think they're living in the shrub behind the waterfall.   Bluejays were darting in and out, too, but I wasn't quick enough to get a picture of them.  This little waterfall gives me so much enjoyment. 


My grandson will be starting The Crucible on Tuesday morning.  Please, if you can, keep him in your thoughts and prayers. 

Yield: About 15-18

Apple Date and Nut Cake

This is a nice, moist, delicious cake, and I was happy to find this in my files. You could easily serve this for brunch or dessert.


  • 1 can apple pie filling
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • about 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1-8 ounce package of whole dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts


How to cook Apple Date and Nut Cake

  1. In a large bowl, cut the apple pie filling into fine pieces. 
  2. Add the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla and stir.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, salt and baking soda and spices together. 
  4. Turn the dry ingredients into the first mixture and mix well.  Stir in the dates and nuts.
  5. Bake in a lightly grease and floured 13x9" pan in a 350 degree oven (if you use glass, turn the oven down to 325 degrees), for 35-40 minutes or until cake tests done. 
  6. Cut into squares and serve with whipped cream, or sprinkled with powdered sugar.
  7. I grated some fresh nutmeg on top.
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I am sharing this with these lovely parties:


  1. That’s an apt name for your grandson’s event. Praying right now.

    The cake sounds delicious...very autumnal.

  2. Hi Kitty, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that our ‘Hotumn’ is over too! I can imagine your waterfall draws all kinds of wildlife...perfect for sitting next to while sipping a cup a tea and enjoying a slice of delicious apple cake! Keeping Connor in my thoughts and prayers. ♥

  3. What a lovely setting and I do see the birds! I think our goldfinches and hummingbirds have flown south for the winter :( Your cake sounds delightful and love that you made it for your Aunt Kitty too ♥. Good luck and positive thoughts for your grandson, Kitty!

  4. I have that same teapot! Now I need that apple cake. It looks amazing, and perfect for fall. Trying this!

  5. Oh, your apple date cake sounds scrumptious, Kitty! I must try and make that soon. Thank you for sharing the recipe. You have a cozy tea there with your cottage teapot and lovely robin teacup. Wonderful waterfall too and the birds visiting, makes it very special! Hugs...Sandi

  6. That gorgeous teacup made me swoooon!You have a cozy and beautiful home!Delicious cake too.Blessings,dear Kitty!

  7. So glad you found the recipe for this tasty cake. It infuriates me when I can't find something that I know is just around somewhere (and my place isn't that big!)...

    I'm also admiring your fall RA teacup. Glad that "hotumn" ended. We finally turned on the furnace this weekend!

  8. Kitty, you have so many lovely teacups and saucers and teapots. Love these for the changing weather. We've been setting record highs too, thankfully got a little rain today and cooler temps coming in tomorrow. Your cake was worth the search, I'm printing this one. It sounds delicious! Prayers for your grandson, bless him!

  9. I can see why that sweet little water fall gives you such joy, it's perfect and yes, I see the birds.

    Oh boy...dates...I love those as much as I love pumpkin!
    I will certainly be making this and likely eating it all by myself as my dear hubby does not like dates.
    Maybe with the apples he will never know, I'll try it out on him. ;)

    I will be praying for your grandson.
    It's so nice to see your grandkids involved and for you to enjoy them.

    Take care Kitty~

  10. Hi Kitty,
    I used to have the most delicious recipe for a cake with dates and pecans and of course I can't find it! 😊 Thank you for sharing this one!

    I feel sure you meant the lowered temperature in the recipe to be 325° vs 235.😂

    I will certainly pray for Connor and you remain in my prayers! I am hoping we can continue with cooler wx.


  11. That cake looks and sounds delicious, Kitty. That setting, with the angle of light/shadow and the cozy textiles looks so inviting. I think we're ALL joyous for fall's arrival!

  12. Oh kitty, I know how good it feels to find a lost recipe! It sounds delicious. I am sure I would love it. Your teacup is a beauty. How delightful to sit and enjoy the birds near your fountain. This little temperature drop is so pleasant. Hoping the heat is gone, gone, gone! We are still in a terrible drought. Hope you have gotten rain.
    I will pray for your grandson. That sounds very challenging! I know you are proud of his commitment and dedication.

  13. Oh, this cake sounds delightful! I thought of making an apple cake last night for some friends who were in an accident, but then I opted to make homemade pumpkin cake, instead. I love anything apple or pumpkin, and it just seems so appropriate to eat them in the fall! I have been praying for Connor and you, too, dear friend. God bless you!

  14. Just look at that big 'blob' of cream on that yummy cake. Kitty, every time I visit you I am always licking my lips. =) Love your autumnal setting. I have the very same teapot; it is a pretty one, isn't it. The teacup and saucer is a lovely one...perfect for an autumn tea party. How lovely you can enjoy all those sweet little birdies visiting your pond. I did smile at the term 'Hotaumn'......wish oh wish it would get hot down here!

  15. Prayers for your grandson!!
    And that cake looks devine!!!

  16. Such a pretty setting Kitty. Waterfalls are so calming. The birds love it. It is so fun to watch them. I do spot them. Love the tea cup, of course you have so many lovely tea cups. prayers for your grandson. Happy Sunday.

  17. OMGOSH- That cake sounds decadent and SOOO good. Saving that recipe. I had not heard the term hotaumn before--too funny and so true in so many places.
    Will keep your grandson in my thoughts and prayers. xo Diana

  18. Your Apple Date and Nut Cake will be perfect for the season! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,453. Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  19. I hope things went well with your grandson. That had to have been nerve racking for the family. I'm so glad "hotumn" is over. It was horrible. Thanks for linking to Keep In Touch.


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