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.

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Ingredients

11
Original recipe yields 11 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

Nutrition Facts

458.2 calories; protein 8.1g 16% DV; carbohydrates 74.3g 24% DV; fat 15.9g 25% DV; cholesterol 20.6mg 7% DV; sodium 181.8mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2003
this recipe was given to me many many years ago. i was delighted to see that someone else had it and enjoys it as much as i do. it's really one of the best cakes that i have made. all cake lovers must try it. it deserves 10 stars. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/03/2005
Since I bake alot I really should have paid more attention to the ingrediants.A tablespoon of butter is not enough oil for this cake.And 4 tablespoons of flour in a icing?And that is what the icing tastes like.Flour.I actually used less that the recipe called for and still thats the taste.Dry flour tasting not good at all.Possible the worst cake I have ever baked. Read More
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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 1 stars
02/02/2005
Since I bake alot I really should have paid more attention to the ingrediants.A tablespoon of butter is not enough oil for this cake.And 4 tablespoons of flour in a icing?And that is what the icing tastes like.Flour.I actually used less that the recipe called for and still thats the taste.Dry flour tasting not good at all.Possible the worst cake I have ever baked. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2003
this recipe was given to me many many years ago. i was delighted to see that someone else had it and enjoys it as much as i do. it's really one of the best cakes that i have made. all cake lovers must try it. it deserves 10 stars. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/03/2003
Although the cake is good I wouldn't give it 5 stars. It didn't "wow me" as I thought it would. My husband really liked it and we both agree that it is the icing that makes it. I feel that it isn't really moist enough right after the baking process. The cake is predominantly a nut cake and not a date cake. The dates only seem to accent it which isn't unusual as the recipe calls for 2 cups on nuts and only 1 cup of dates. As it stands I have to say that taste is entirely a personal matter and I can only speak for myself. It tastes fine but I prefer a meatier tecture when it comes to a date cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2003
I was crushed when I lost my mother's date cake recipe and could not find another we liked as well- Guess what- this one is even better. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2007
great! I did add a extra tablespoon of butter but everyone loved it. Very easy to prepair & looked nice with drizzled frosting. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2014
This recipe looks really good and easy to make. However it is important to clarify on the recipe that the ingredients on the left side are for the cake and the ingredients on the right are for the glaze. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/09/2012
I made this for my mom's 82nd birthday; it is an old-fashioned recipe and it was just right! The user who mentioned the glaze tasted like flour was correct -- there was more than a faint hint of flour taste to it. Maybe cornstarch or another thickener would do better? The cake is also quite sweet; nice with a strong cup of coffee. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/23/2016
No changes made. A very heavy batter resulting in a very heavy bread- like end result which was rather tasteless to say the least. Discarded it in its entirety and I am not one to waste! The sauce recipe is very non-descript other than a tasteless over-sweet goo that did no service to the cake whatever. If one could eat it I would recommend eating it plain with no sauce. Butter only as one would do with a date bread instead....I would recommend you find another recipe. Sorry! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/13/2014
I love dates and have been looking for a good recipe for date cake. This cake turned out rather dry. It definitely needs more butter & dates and less flour. As for the topping I omitted the flour and used molasses sugar which turned out just fine. It claims to become more moist as the day goes. So far that hasn't happened. Read More
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