Rating: 4.64 stars
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

This has been a favorite of my husband's since I can long remember. His mother always manages to bake him one every year (she's 75) for Christmas...though she claims it's always his last.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr 30 mins
additional:
1 hr 10 mins
total:
3 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
1 10 -inch tube pan
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan.

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  • In a large bowl, combine dates, walnuts, sugar, baking powder and flour. Stir in egg yolks. In a large glass or metal mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the whites into the fruit/nut mixture until no streaks remain. Spoon into prepared pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 90 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

633 calories; protein 12.6g; carbohydrates 70.7g; fat 38.4g; cholesterol 51.2mg; sodium 81.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (13)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2003
I experimented with this cake having had one of a similar name at a wedding. This was different but wow was it great! I took it to work and everyone wanted the recipe. I enjoy it without icing but added for work an icing made of 1 and 1/4 c. icing sugar sifted 2 tbsp. softened butter and maple syrup until it was the consistency to drizzle over the cake. I found by purchasing chopped dates separated by a little flour that the prep time was considerably shortened. I also found that I could make some extra cupcakes as the recipe was quite large. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/18/2006
i'm not sure why it turned out like it did but it wasn't even a "cake" anymore. more like a combination of walnut and dates clumped together. still quite yummy but i would recommend a bit more sugar. maybe make sure that you have enough flour and eggs to have a more cakelike consistency to the batter before baking. definitely will try again even thought the ingredients are slightly expensive. Read More
(15)
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2003
I experimented with this cake having had one of a similar name at a wedding. This was different but wow was it great! I took it to work and everyone wanted the recipe. I enjoy it without icing but added for work an icing made of 1 and 1/4 c. icing sugar sifted 2 tbsp. softened butter and maple syrup until it was the consistency to drizzle over the cake. I found by purchasing chopped dates separated by a little flour that the prep time was considerably shortened. I also found that I could make some extra cupcakes as the recipe was quite large. Read More
(84)
Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2003
I am new to baking and this was just the third cake I tried ever. It came out really well. I took it to a friend's place for dinner and the cake got over in no time. I scaled the recipe for 8 servings instead of 16 and reduced the amount of dates and walnuts by half since the ingredients are expensive and I am not very experienced. The cake still came out really well. The one thing I realized half way through was that there were very little wet ingredeients and after I added the yolk the batter was still not wet and homogenous. I almost gave up at that point. If you are new to baking don't worry about this the cake turns out yummy despite this. Another hurdle was the dates; they were really soft and were sticking to each other. I dusted each piece with flour before mixing them with the other dry ingredients and the remaining flour. This can be time consuming but worth the effort. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2005
This is more of a confection than a cake - and it is wonderful. Unbelievably delicious and extremely beautiful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2005
Absolutely delicious! This has become a Chritmas time favourite in our family. I use light muscovado sugar instead of white sugar for a more wholesome flavour. I also often halve the recipe and bake the cake in an 8 inch tube pan. Turns out perfectly every time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2008
This cake is absolutely amazing! I had my doubts while mixing the ingredients because after adding the yolks it stayed quite dry. Next up were the egg whites and THEN it all made sense. It began to stick together. I didn't press it all together or pat it down in the pan but I think I'll do so next time. I followed the recipe exactly and didn't change anything. This is such a simple recipe but wonderful and old fashioned-ish. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/18/2006
i'm not sure why it turned out like it did but it wasn't even a "cake" anymore. more like a combination of walnut and dates clumped together. still quite yummy but i would recommend a bit more sugar. maybe make sure that you have enough flour and eggs to have a more cakelike consistency to the batter before baking. definitely will try again even thought the ingredients are slightly expensive. Read More
(15)
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2006
I made this for Christmas and everyone raved about it! I also made a granadilla flavoured icing that i drizzled over it and the tanginess really complemented the cake flavour. Will definately be making this every year for christmas now. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2008
I made this for Christmas this year and got good reports on it from friends. It is an easy cake to make. I had to pit and chopped the dates by hand - this took a while but otherwise it is not time consuming to make. I used a bundt pan. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2010
This is a recipe I have been searching for to make for my hyusband. His mother made it at Christmas. Her recipe added marishino cherries so i ADDED A 16 oz jar to the recipe with the other ingredients...Awesome!! Read More
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