Fruit & Date Lumberjack Cake

A lumberjack cake is a type of fruit cake, usually with apples and dates mixed into the batter, and a coconut topping. In addition to traditional flaked coconut, we topped off this lumberjack cake recipe with glazed pears and kumquats.

Fruit & Date Lumberjack Cake
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Bake Time:
45 mins
Cool Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
40 mins
1 9-inch cake


  • 1 cup pitted dates

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 pear or apple, peeled and chopped

  • ½ cup flaked coconut

  • Powdered sugar

  • Glazed Pears and Kumquats

Glazed Pears and Kumquats

  • ½ cup water

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 1 pear, cored and cut into wedges

  • 3 kumquats, sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan; line bottom with parchment paper. In a small saucepan bring dates and 1 cup water to boiling; remove from heat. Stir in baking soda (mixture will foam); set aside. Cool to room temperature.

  2. In a small bowl stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  3. In a large bowl beat butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Slowly beat in date mixture until combined. Add flour mixture gradually, beating just until combined. Fold in pear or apple and coconut.

  4. Spread mixture evenly into prepared pan. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. If necessary, rotate pan; bake about 5 minutes more (center of cake may dip). Cool on a wire rack. Carefully remove sides of pan; remove parchment paper. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. With a slotted spoon, top with Glazed Pears and Kumquats.

Glazed Pears and Kumquats

  1. In a small skillet combine water and sugar. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture comes to boiling and sugar is dissolved. Add pear wedges and sliced kumquats. Cook and gently stir 10 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

374 Calories
11g Fat
69g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 374
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 312mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 69g 25%
Total Sugars 52g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 4.1mg 21%
Calcium 50.5mg 4%
Iron 1.3mg 7%
Potassium 208mg 4%
Folate, total 40.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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