Moist Date Cake


This cake becomes more moist each day that it is covered. This recipe was my Grandmother's and we always had this cake at Christmas. I know the recipe is at least 60 years old.

10 to 12 servings


  • 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup boiling water

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C). Grease and flour two 8 inch round cake pans. Set aside. Put dates in a bowl with soda and pour boiling water on top. Set a side.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together 1 cup sugar, 2 1/2 cups flour and 1 cup chopped walnuts. Add egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla, pinch of salt and tablespoon butter. Mix to combine. Finally, stir in chopped dates with liquid. Mix well. Pour batter into prepared pans.

  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Cake will pull away from sides of pans and be golden brown.

  4. In a medium saucepan, combine buttermilk, 1 cup sugar, pinch of salt and 4 tablespoons flour. Cook on medium heat until thickened. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and remaining cup of walnuts.

  5. Spread mixture between layers and on top of cake. Let filling run down the sides of cake.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

458 Calories
16g Fat
74g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 11
Calories 458
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 182mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 74g 27%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 47g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 257mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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