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This recipe is sponsored by Jazz™ Apples though all opinions are my own. I only work with partners who I genuinely support, so I thank them for working with me!

With four kids at home, I feel like this long, long, lockdown has been easier for us than those who live alone. There is still a lot of action and always someone to spend time with. That said, food has become even more of a focus and there are days when preparing snacks and meals is such a chore.

Lockdown or not, fresh fruit is always a go-to snack for us. The kids enjoy it and I feel good giving it to them. And apples are an easy win – wash and go! We buy a LOT of apples every week and I enjoy discovering new varieties to try. Jazz apples have been one of our regulars since we discovered them last year. They are a hard apple with a good crunch when you bite them, and I find they have a brightness which is always refreshing.

Jazz apples are super as a simple, healthy snack on their own, but with food being one activity we can still go to town on, we’ve also been experimenting with different recipes. Everyone here loves cakes and I’ve been experimenting with adding different fruits to baking in an attempt to make it feel healthier or at least offer some nutrition. Finally, I came up with a winner that I hope you will enjoy as much as we did! This moist Apple Date Cake is a riff on a sticky toffee pudding and I definitely recommend it for an everyday snack cake. It was full of flavour and was still moist after three days. It probably would have been tasty for even longer but it didn’t last long enough for us to find out! Even my hubby who does not typically enjoy these types of cakes went back for multiple slices.

There are a few things I really enjoyed about this cake other than just eating it.

It was filled with fruit! Jazz apples are in the cake in two ways – plus dates. This cake has a lot of fruit (but is nothing like a fruitcake. LOL)

It is super as is, without icing for a snack cake.

It can be dressed up with a caramel sauce, with more chopped Jazz apples and toasted almonds to make it extra special; perfect for special occasions.

It is my recipe contribution to a collab with Jazz apples and other incredible Canadian food content creators! Honestly, I’m so excited and honoured to be included with the following superstars! Check out the others on our team!

If you want to try these apples and try out my cake, you can find them at many retailers including Walmart, Sobeys, Loblaws, Costco. Enjoy!

Jazz apple date cake with sauce

Jazz Apples & Date Cake

Without the sauce, this pan cake is a moist, flavourful treat for an anytime pick me up. Pack it in lunches or enjoy it with a hot coffee. With the extra sauce, it is transformed into an indulgent dessert worth sharing.
2 ¼ cups chopped, pitted dates
½ cup, chopped Jazz apple (skin left on)
2 ¾ cup water
2 ¼ tsp baking soda
1 tsp almond flavour
1/3 cup butter, room temperature
1 ½ cups brown sugar
5 eggs
½ cup Jazz apples, grated (skin on)
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 ½ tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp cinnamon
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

CAKE

  • 2 1/4 cup chopped, pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped Jazz apple (skin left on)
  • 2 3/4 cup water
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp almond flavour
  • 1/3 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Jazz apples, grated (skin on)
  • 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

SAUCE

  • 1 cup chopped Jazz apples, skin left on
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup whipping cream (35%)
  • 1 tsp almond flavour

OPTIONAL APPLE CHIPS TO GARNISH

  • 1 Jazz apple, sliced paper thin

Instructions
 

CAKE

  • Prepare 9×13 pan by lining with parchment paper. You will also need a baking tray to create a water bath during baking. Set aside.
  • Add dates, chopped Jazz apples and water in a saucepan and simmer over medium heat for approx. 15-20 minutes until the fruit is soft and has become a thick sauce. If the mixture is boiling too hard, turn heat down. Stir occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and almond flavour. Set aside to cool.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Add eggs one at a time and then fold in the grated apple. Stir in cooled date/apple mixture. Mix in flour, baking powder and cinnamon until just combined.
  • Pour into prepared 9×13 pan. Place in a water bath and bake at 350°F for 80-90 minutes. A toothpick will come out clean when the cake is done.

SAUCE

  • Cook chopped apple with water in small saucepan until apples are soft but still have their shape. This can be done in advance and stored in the fridge if you prefer. Toast almonds in a dry frying pan until golden. Set aside.
  • Put brown sugar, butter and cream into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to simmer and stir continually until smooth and thick, approx. 5-7 minutes.
  • To serve with the sauce, the cake can be warm or cold. It is delicious both ways! Stir apples into caramel sauce and pour over each piece. Sprinkle with toasted almonds.
  • If you have any cake left over, it is also delicious by itself without any sauce and will store well for up to 3 days at room temperature in an airtight container.

OPTIONAL APPLE CHIPS TO GARNISH

  • Slice Jazz apples into very thin slices and place on lined baking sheet in one layer. Bake for 2 hours at 200°F for about 2 to 21/2 hours until the chips are dry. When baking turn apples after one hour of baking time.
Keyword apples, cake, date, dessert, snack, special occasion