Apple-Date Cake


Stir up a quick cake featuring dates, pecans, and apples for a sweet treat.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
12 servings
Nutrition Profile:


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • cup fat-free milk

  • cup chopped pitted dates

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup coarsely shredded peeled cooking apple

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • ½ cup chopped pecans

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar (see Tip)

  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened

  • 1 teaspoon flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 ½ cups flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

  2. In a small saucepan, combine milk, dates, and salt; heat until steaming. Remove from heat. Stir in apple and vanilla; cool. Add egg and oil; stir until combined. Set aside.

  3. In a small bowl stir together pecans, brown sugar, butter, the 1 teaspoon flour, and the cinnamon; set aside.

  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the 1 1/2 cups flour, the baking powder, and baking soda. Add milk mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until combined. Spoon batter into the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle evenly with pecan mixture.

  5. Bake about 25 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool slightly. Cut into 12 pieces and serve warm.


Tip: If using sugar substitute, choose Splenda(R) Brown Sugar Baking Blend. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to 1/4 cup brown sugar. Nutrition per serving with substitute: Same as below, except 171 calories, 24 g carbohydrate, (10 g sugars), 152 mg sodium. Exchanges: 0 carb.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

179 Calories
7g Fat
27g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 1 piece
Calories 179
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 3g 7%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Vitamin A 88IU 2%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Folate 52mcg 13%
Sodium 153mg 7%
Calcium 63mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 16mg 4%
Potassium 143mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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