Lumberjack Cake

Have you ever heard of a Lumberjack Cake? I hadn't until I came across this recipe from ellimay over at Down to Earth. The ingredients sounded delicious and what I liked most about it was that the recipe doesn't contain any butter or sugar! I think this must be the first cake that I've made that doesn't include these two key ingredients. Tsk, tsk, shame on me, I know!

Lumberjack Cake

Here is the recipe:

This is a slightly healthier version of this favourite cake

1 cup (200g) dates, chopped
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon bi-carb soda
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons light olive oil or macadamia nut oil
2 eggs or 4 egg whites
3 medium sized apples, peeled and finely chopped
1 1/2 cups S/R flour
pinch of sea salt

Preheat oven 180c, prepare cake/loaf tin, line with baking paper or lightly oil and flour.
Place dates, water and maple syrup in a pan. Heat until just starting to boil, take off heat, stir in bi-carb. Lightly break up dates with a fork or masher. Cool for 10 minutes, add vanilla, eggs and oil, mix well.Place chopped apples in a large mixing bowl, pour over date mixture and mix well. Sift flour and salt together and add to fruit, mix to form a batter.Spoon into tin and bake for approximately 50 minutes until cooked through. Cover with foil half way through cooking if necessary.

Most lumberjack cakes have a coconut topping, the above recipe did not, however the following could be added.

30g butter, 20 g light olive oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded coconut

Place all ingredients in a saucepan bring to a low rolling boil for 4 minutes. When cake is cooked place topping over cake and return to oven to brown topping, approx 20 minutes. It's a good idea to place the cake tin on a tray after adding the topping in case any bubbles over.

Lovely for morning tea or served warm with custard or ice cream!

The verdict? The recipe is definitely a keeper! I baked the cake in a springform tin for easy removal and we ate it warm with cream for dessert after some hearty winter soup.

Thanks again for sharing the recipe, ellimay.


  1. Oh Christine that cake looks so good. Who would have thought a cake with no butter or sugar could taste so good!

  2. I used to see Lumberjack cake in my local bakery growing up, but certainly haven't seen it for a long time now. Tasty looking!

  3. Hi Christine, I have a version that is lumberjack cupcakes, that my school age reviewers all thought really good for lunch box food. it has a little bit of butter and sugar in, but so little it qualifies as healthy enough for lunch boxes.

  4. Thanks Lisa, the recipe was fantastic!

    CHFG, how funny! It must be one of those recipes that dissapear with the times...

    Thanks Linda, cupcakes always go down well. I'll take a look :o)

  5. Holy wow... just made this with gluten free flour (Coles brand) and didn't change the recipe at all. Turned out perfectly!!! 10/10


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