All the latest news and views from the CPSU team

CPSU Member recipe

THIS week’s CPSU recipe comes from Railton Primary School Teacher Assistant Deb Niaura. It’s a recipe Deb’s cooked for two decades, so no doubt tried and true!

Find Deb’s recipe for Lumberjack Cake here.


Lumberjack Cake

2 medium apples (peeled, cored and chopped) 1 cup sugar

185g dates (chopped into small pieces) 1 large egg

1 teaspoon bi-carb soda 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 cup boiling water 1 ½ cups plain flour

125g butter ½ teaspoon salt


Butter a 20cm square cake tin and line the base and sides with non-stick baking paper. Put the apples and dates in a bowl and add the bi-carb of soda. Pour boiling water over the top and leave to cool until tepid. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy then add egg and vanilla. Sift the flour into cream mixture alternately with apple and date mixture. Pour into prepared tin and bake in a moderate oven (180 degrees C) for about one hour and 15 minutes. It should be only slightly moist when a skewer is inserted in centre. When the cake is almost ready make up the topping



½ cup brown sugar 1/3 cup mild

60 g butter 60 g shredded coconut


Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and when the butter has melted spread over the top of the hot cake. Bake for another 15-20 minutes or until the topping is a rich golden brown.


History of this cake

“I found the recipe in a newspaper about 20 years ago. The article was sent by a lady who called the cake Godmother’s Lumberjack cake. Apparently her godmother was a hasty, impatient cook who, at 82 years old, preferred the golf course to the kitchen. She was famous for her roast dinners and jams and pickles and this recipe has appeared in The Age numerous times and is always being requested.”


The CPSU's Lauren Miller with the lumberjack cake from Deb!

The CPSU’s Lauren Miller with the lumberjack cake from Deb!



No Comments