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This date cake is a simple coffee cake with a wonderful flavor and unique broiled topping.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
55 mins
1 hr 10 mins
1 9-inch square pan


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9-inch square pan.

  • Combine water and raisins in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, then stir in chopped dates and baking soda. Set aside.

  • Cream together white sugar and butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Add flour, salt, and date mixture; mix until combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Remove cake from the oven.

  • Set the oven to broil.

  • Make topping: Melt butter in a small saucepan. Stir brown sugar, walnuts, and cream into melted butter. Spread mixture over warm cake.

  • Place cake under broiler until top is lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Rotate cake as needed for even browning; watch carefully as the top can burn quickly under the broiler.

Nutrition Facts

366 calories; protein 4.1g; carbohydrates 53g; fat 16.7g; cholesterol 64.9mg; sodium 252.5mg. Full Nutrition