Lumberjack cake (tray bake)

This cake was inspired by The Exploding Bakery in Exeter. I can’t recommend the place highly enough for a wonderful coffee and slice of tray bake scrumptiousness.

Having indulged in this a few times, and with a glut of apples, I attempted my own version. I can’t even feign modesty. The result was simply delicious and for my taste buds, better than the version I had been purchasing (although this may have more to do with portion control than anything else).

This was a huge hit at work and everyone wanted the recipe. I seem to remember a marriage proposal from one colleague!


450g chopped dates

6 eating apples (cooking will do)

700ml boiling water

3 tsp bicarbonate of soda

375g butter, cut into small pieces

525g caster and dark sugar mix

350g plain flour

100g self raising flour

3 eggs (whisked)

Pinch of salt

Coconut topping ingredients




Peel and chop apples and add to a bowl with the chopped dates, bicarb and boiling water. Leave for 45 mins to macerate a little.

During this time you can get cracking with the batter mix. Beat together the butter and sugar. Once light and fluffy, ass the eggs slowly. Once combined, add the macerated fruit mixture, along with one third of the water which you have macerated the fruit in.

Sift n the flour and salt and fold carefully. This is the part that requires a little time and attention, and makes all the difference.

Pour the wet mixture into a lined baking tray and put in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for approx. 1 hour.


Categories: Baking, Cakes