Old Hermit Cake


This recipe is over 100 years old and it tastes like hermit cookies. Use only butter in this recipe.

1 tube cake


  • 2 cups butter, softened

  • 3 cups packed brown sugar

  • 6 eggs

  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 4 teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 3 cups dates, pitted and chopped

  • 3 cups chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).

  2. Cream butter and sugar together well. Beat in eggs one at a time. Mix in lemon juice and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients. Stir well.

  3. Turn into greased and floured 10 inch angel food tube pan. Bake in oven for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours until an inserted wooden pick comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

848 Calories
45g Fat
106g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 848
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 45g 58%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 149mg 50%
Sodium 413mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 106g 38%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 67g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 6mg 32%
Calcium 187mg 14%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 474mg 10%

* 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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