Grandma's date cake was a favorite treat my brother and I enjoyed as children.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
50 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
1 8-inch round cake
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 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 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8-inch round springform pan.

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  • Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Add dates and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Drain dates and transfer to a food processor. Puree dates into a smooth paste.

  • Sift together flour and baking soda into a large bowl. Stir in chopped walnuts until combined and set aside.

  • Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Slowly add beaten eggs, allowing them to thoroughly blend into the butter mixture. Stir in ground dates and mix until combined. Pour in flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until just incorporated. Add 3/4 cup hot water or as needed to thin the batter into a pourable consistency. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.

  • Bake cake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

738 calories; protein 9.6g; carbohydrates 90.7g; fat 40g; cholesterol 174.3mg; sodium 465.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (4)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2013
This cake is moist and delicious! Love this recipe! I have made it about 10 times and each time it comes out perfect! I made no substitutions followed the recipe exact. Read More
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4 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2013
This cake is moist and delicious! Love this recipe! I have made it about 10 times and each time it comes out perfect! I made no substitutions followed the recipe exact. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2014
Awesome recipe!! very very yummy...everyone liked it and I got orders for the same... thanks a lot Tanya for sharing this.. Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2020
I have never baked with dates before so making this cake was exciting. There was a lot of sugar in it with the dates and 1 cup white sugar but it didn't taste overly sweet. Everyone enjoyed it but I couldn't help feeling like something was missing. Maybe some toffee sauce or creme fraiche to pour on top. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2019
This cake has a wonderful flavor and texture. My husband loved it and requested that I put it in my rotation for his treat with his morning cup of coffee. I agree it's perfect with a cup of coffee. Read More