A scrumptious date nut cake that is truly fit for a queen. It is crowned with a broiled coconut topping.

Carol

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
40 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
9 x 13 inch cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pour boiling water over dates in a small bowl, and let stand until cool.

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  • Measure flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and nuts into a small bowl. Stir to mix.

  • Cream 1/4 cup butter or margarine and white sugar together in a mixing bowl; beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture in three parts alternately with date mixture in two parts, beginning and ending with dry mixture. Spread batter into a greased 9 x 13 inch pan.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 40 minutes, or until an inserted wooden pick comes out clean.

  • To Make Topping: Mix coconut, brown sugar, 6 tablespoons butter and cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Boil for three minutes. Spread over warm cake, and brown under broiler.

Nutrition Facts

372 calories; protein 3.6g; carbohydrates 54g; fat 16.9g; cholesterol 47.7mg; sodium 339.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2006
This is the recipe that I use with one small change. Instead of using 1 cup pitted chopped dates I use 1 375 gram package of jaffa dates. I hadn't made this cake for some time and inadvertently made the cake first with the 1 cup called for in the recipe. The next time I made it I tried 2 cups of dates. Finally I realized that I had always used one full 375 g package. This makes all the difference in taste! Try it and enjoy! Read More
(63)
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2006
This is the recipe that I use with one small change. Instead of using 1 cup pitted chopped dates I use 1 375 gram package of jaffa dates. I hadn't made this cake for some time and inadvertently made the cake first with the 1 cup called for in the recipe. The next time I made it I tried 2 cups of dates. Finally I realized that I had always used one full 375 g package. This makes all the difference in taste! Try it and enjoy! Read More
(63)
Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2004
I have made this cake many times and each time it is a hit, young and old. I like to serve it with a dallop of fresh whipping cream. It's easy to make and take and trust me not a crumb will remain. (I also substituted milk for cream in the broiled topping and it turned out just as good) Read More
(38)
Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2009
I used pecans instead of walnuts and depending on my mood sometimes I "double up" on the topping...doing this makes for a VERY rich cake but super moist! One of my favorite recipes! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2009
One of the best cakes I've ever made. You can make as is but to make it a bit more adult I soak the fruit in 3/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of dark rum brandy or cognac. Any dried fruit works great too. I use apricots and dates dried cranberries or even dried apples. NEVER is any cake left when I make this. Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2002
This is a wonderful cake that my grandmother had been making for over 60 years. It's in demand for Xmas at our house. It's a treat for the adults, not a kiddie cake, althought they love it too. I use the topping on a cookie base for squares as well. I came in to add this recipe and was really suprised to see it here. DEFINATELY A MUST MAKE! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/10/2005
This is a great standard cake recipe. To fancy it up I add sliced almonds with the topping with or without the coconut.Looks more impressive with the almonds and tastes even better. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2002
I truly enjoyed this cake it is so delicious.I was happy to find the recipe after trying it at a bake sale they charged 2.85 for small slab. Thanks again Carol it really made my day when I finished baking the cake I fell in love with a month early. Katherine Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2008
I have made 4 of these cakes in the last week. It is WONDERFUL!! My boss asked me to make it for his B-Day. He said his Grandmother made it for him every year and he had not had it since he was a boy. I doubled the recipe and made some cupcakes worked great. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/25/2008
I toasted the coconut and almonds for the topping (which I added per earlier recommendation). Otherwise, I made it as given but I felt it was a bit dry and it cooked in less than 25 min when using 2 9x9 pans. Next time I will use more dates and cook in one pan. Very good recipe. Read More
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