British Date and Walnut Loaf Cake


This date and walnut cake is an easy recipe to follow and it's great for any occasion. It's a very moist loaf cake, which works well when cut into slices and buttered. It keeps very well in an airtight container, but it usually doesn't last longer than a day in my house before it's all gone!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
1 large loaf


  • 4 ounces pitted chopped dates

  • 2 ounces margarine

  • 1 cup boiling water

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 8 ounces self-rising flour

  • 6 ounces brown sugar

  • 2 ounces chopped walnuts

  • 1 large egg, beaten


  1. Place dates and margarine in a bowl with boiling water and baking soda. Gently mix with a wooden spoon until margarine has melted and dates are plumped up. Let cool to room temperature, at least 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a 2-pound loaf pan with parchment paper.

  3. Combine flour, brown sugar, and walnuts in a separate bowl. Add to bowl with the date mixture. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Add egg and mix in. Spoon mixture into the prepared pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 60 to 75 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.


This cake freezes very well and can be made in advance.

I have found this recipe is perfect when used with a metal loaf tin, rather than a silicone one. As silicone loaf tins can sometimes lose shape, and the cake mixture may spill out over the sides.

I much prefer to use the loaf pan liners that are readily available in supermarkets, dollar stores, and kitchen specialty shops. I've purchased from different shops and all have been the same excellent quality; the only difference has been the cost.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

324 Calories
11g Fat
53g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 324
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 595mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 131mg 10%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 197mg 4%

* 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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