Healthy apple date cake for kid’s birthday

by Daniela

Healthy Apple Date Cake with spelt flour and maple mascarpone frosting. The best cake for any kids party!
This healthy apple date cake with spelt flour is the most delicious healthy cake you could imagine. Its wonderful taste and great ingredients make it ideal for kids celebrations.

Healthy Apple Date Cake with spelt flour and maple mascarpone frosting. The best cake for any kids party!
Few weeks ago my son turned two! A kid’s birthday is obviously a great moment for every mother but this year for me it was also a stressful time, partially due to my poor organisation. The birthday by itself was a very hectic day from which I mainly remember packing 2 big suitcases of luggage for our vacation. On the next day we were supposed to host a kids party (organised at the last possible moment) and on the day after we were about to fly to Italy. So far so good but the night before the party our son woke up coughing a lot and it became clear for us that he had got some nasty virus. At a very convenient time!

Early in the morning on the party day I brought our toddler to a doctor (it was Sunday), just to make sure his condition was not serious. After returning home I sent a warning message to all the party guests informing that we had a mild virus. Then I headed to the hairdresser were I was hoping finally to have some relaxing time.

Healthy Apple Date Cake with spelt flour and maple mascarpone frosting. The best cake for any kids party!
Not surprisingly my message received lots of replies. 5 of the kids that were supposed to come to the party were already sick too, 4 of them with high fever! The parents of other two decided not to bring them to avoid possible virus complications, and this was completely understandable. Well, cancelling the party was already out of question so I decided just to go ahead and see what happens. At the end my hair was styled for first time in so many months and I couldn’t miss the occasion to show it!

Healthy Apple Date Cake with spelt flour and maple mascarpone frosting. The best cake for any kids party!
And we celebrated! The party was quite good, even with 4 kids only, including the birthday boy. The good thing was that he was still too young to understand the whole situation, so he wasn’t upsetter not having many guests. Everyone was happy, the adults drank red wine and eat tones of cake because the one I had ordered for the party was huge! Our son received fantastic presents (which we decided to give him gradually in order to avoid overexcitement).

Healthy Apple Date Cake with spelt flour and maple mascarpone frosting. The best cake for any kids party!
But apart from the commercial cake that we ordered for the party, I had made also a healthy cake for my son’s birthday! I was so excited about it as I am always when I make cakes for my loved ones. This time I knew in advance that I would not be able to do any fondant decorations due to my limited time. But it came to my mind that the cake could be special even without having a complicated design.
This healthy apple and date cake is so simple in its appearance but it is really great! I recommend it for any celebration and especially for the ones that involve kids. Same as the honey maple cookies, which I used for decoration, it is delicious and healthy. It is sugar free and contains mainly (if not only) good ingredients.

Healthy Apple Date Cake with spelt flour and maple mascarpone frosting. The best cake for any kids party!
Because we are in the winter season, just few days after Christmas, I used Christmas tree, star and gingerbread man shaped cookies as toppers. In addition I covered the top of the cake with lots of white frosting so that it resembles snow.
This cake tastes like something made by a grandmother – I guess that feeling is due to the spelt flour. It is also less sweet than any commercial cake so it reminds me of a nice homemade dessert eaten by the fireplace… I don’t have a fireplace but if there is one word I could use for that cake it would be “cozy”. And the second one would be “delicious”!

Healthy Apple Date Cake with spelt flour and maple mascarpone frosting. The best cake for any kids party!


Healthy Apple Date Cake with spelt flour and maple mascarpone frosting. The best cake for any kids party!
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Healthy apple date cake

Prep Time1 hr 10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Servings: 1 cake


Cake base:

  • 170 g whole grain spelt flour
  • 100 ml maple syrup
  • 200 ml hot water
  • 200 g dates, pitted
  • 2 eggs
  • 60 ml olive oil
  • 1 apple, grated
  • 100 g plain yogurt
  • 1,5 teaspoons baking powder




  • Place the dates in a bowl and pour the hot water on top. Cover with a plate or a lid and let stay for 1-2 hours.
  • In a food processor or blender puree the dates together with any remaining liquid from the bowl. It is ok if small chunks remain.
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Line the bottoms of two 17-20 cm cake pans with circles of parchment paper and grease well inside.
  • In a bowl combine spelt flour and baking powder and stir to blend.
  • In a large bowl beat olive oil and maple syrup until homogeneous. Add the eggs, one by one and continue beating. Add yogurt, grated apple and date puree and beat at lower speed until well combined. At the end fold in the flour mixture until just absorbed.
  • Divide the batter between the two pans as equally as possible. Bake the cakes for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let the cakes cool for 5 minutes before removing them from the pans. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • In a large bowl combine all ingredients and beat at high speed for 5 minutes.
  • Arrange the cake:
  • When the cake bases are completely cold, cut each one horizontally in 2 halves with a serrated knife. Place 1 half on a cake stand and cover with some frosting. Continue the process with the other 3 layers. Pour all the remaining frosting on top of the cake: if it is a lot, it will leak down and will look like snow. Decorate the cake with cookies, sprinkles or coloured sugar.


If you have only one pan, you can bake the cakes one by one. Let the batter stay in the fridge while the first cake is baking.
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ДИАНА Friday February 17th, 2017 - 01:14 PM

Здарвейте, харесах рецептата и смятам да я направя за първият рожден ден на дъщеря ми 🙂 Интересуваме ако сложа само жълтъците, нужни ли са 3 вместо 2 броя или евентуално да намаля нещо от течните съставки? Дали може да се замени кленовият сироп с кокосова захар или евентуално да увелича фурмите и с колко? Благодаря

Daniela Friday February 17th, 2017 - 08:06 PM

Здравейте Диана,
Радвам се, че сте харесали тортата 🙂 В този случай аз бих оставила жълтъците 2 и бих увеличила киселото мляко до 150г. Имайте предвид, че само с жълтъци блатовете стават по-крехки и трудни за обработка. Евентуално бихте могли изобщо да пропуснете яйцата и да увеличите киселото мляко до 200 г. Относно кокосовата захар: мисля, че няма проблем да се ползва вместо кленов сироп, без да се увеличават фурмите.
Не съм пробвала обаче тортата в такива варианти и не съм сигурна точно какъв ще е резултатът, за да ви го опиша 🙂
Надявам се да съм била полезна и ще се радвам да споделите резултата!

ДИАНА Monday February 20th, 2017 - 09:45 PM

Благодаря ви 🙂

Ваня Wednesday September 5th, 2018 - 07:52 PM

Здравейте, направих рецептата, кремът е невероятен… И вкусът на блатовете също… но за съжаление блатовете се получиха мокри и тънки, като за пица. Къде сгреших? Защо не се получиха? Да не би да е заради безглутеновия бакпулвер? Моля ви за помощ какво да правя? Предварително ви благодаря… Наистина стриктно спазих всичко от рецептата…

Daniela Wednesday September 5th, 2018 - 09:13 PM

Здравейте Ваня,
Определено нещо се е получило при набухването: или с бакпулвера, или при печенето. Надали проблемът е, че бакпулверът е бил безглутенов, защото липсата на глутен не би трябвало да се отразява на набухващия елемент в него (содата). Но тя от своя страна има някакъв срок на годност, доколкото ми е известно. Честно казано, трудно ми е да се изказвам относно видовете бакпулвер, защото не съм имала проблеми, но и не съм използвала безглутенов.
Много често проблеми с набухването се получават при печенето. Ако температурата на фурната не е била достатъчно висока, когато сте сложили блата да се пече, или ако сте отваряли вратата на фурната твърде рано, може блатът да не набухне. Аз съм съсипвала не един и два блата с отваряне на фурната твърде рано, затова вече си имам обица на ухото. Важно е да отбележите, че високите малки торти се пекат по-бавно от широките и ниските.
Трета приична би могла да бъде не достатъчното разбиване на продуктите, преди печенето, или твърде много бъркане накрая, което е довело до спадане на въздушните балончета.
Надявам се да съм помогнала. Пожелавам Ви успех следващия път!

Yana Monday November 19th, 2018 - 07:31 PM

Здравейте, имам едно питане, дали брашното от спелта би могло да се замени с някой безглутенов вариант или от него идва чудесния вкус на тортата? Благодаря

Daniela Monday November 19th, 2018 - 09:55 PM

Здравейте Яна,
Определено брашното от спелта допринася до голяма степен за вкуса на тортата, но това не означава, че не може да се замени с безглутенов вариант. Вкусът и консистенцията на блата ще са по-различни. Аз не съм пробвала, така че не съм сигурна за най-подходящия вид безглутеново брашно и пропорциите, но ми се струва, че трябва да е комбинация от няколко брашна, за да се постигне най-близък до спелтата ефек. Ако експериментирате, много ще се радвам да споделите резултата!

Ралица Monday March 11th, 2019 - 11:07 AM

Здравейте, според вас могат ли да бъдат напоени с нещо блатовете? Притеснява ме да не останат сухи.

Daniela Monday March 11th, 2019 - 07:56 PM

Здравейте Ралица,
Блатовете на тази торта са доста влажни сами по себе си, не стоят сухи, като някои блатове с бяло брашно. Освен това кремът също ги овлажнява, защото съдържа заквасена сметана. Не смятам, че има причина да се напояват допълнително.

Ивелина Thursday April 18th, 2019 - 08:26 AM

Здравейте, според Вас бих ли могла да заменя брашното от спелта със брашно от лимец?

Daniela Thursday April 18th, 2019 - 09:00 AM

Здравейте, Ивелина!
Смятам, че ще се получи добре и с брашно от лимец, въпреки че аз не съм изпробвала още този вариант. Двете култури са много подобни, разликата ще бъде вероятно в аромата на печивото.
Ще се радвам да споделите резултата, ако пробвате варианта с лимец!

Ивелина Thursday April 18th, 2019 - 11:24 AM

Добре, утре ще я направя и ще споделя резултата. Благодаря много за бързия отговор 🙂

Zornitsa Martinova Sunday July 14th, 2019 - 11:28 PM

Здравейте. С какво мога да заменя кленовия сироп за да става за бебе на годинка?

Daniela Monday July 15th, 2019 - 07:48 AM

Здравейте Зорница, кленовият сироп е подходящ за деца на една година. Може би се бъркате с мед, който е силен алерген.


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