Date and Raisin Cake

Date and Raisin Cake


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About this recipe: This moist cake is no average fruit cake. It's made with dates and raisins, then topped with a butterscotch topping and grilled. It's perfect for afternoon tea.


Makes: 1 23cm square cake

  • 350ml water
  • 250g raisins
  • 110g dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 110g butter
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 60g butter
  • 75g dark brown soft sugar
  • 2 tablespoons double cream
  • 55g chopped walnuts

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:55min  ›  Extra time:3hr cooling  ›  Ready in:4hr15min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a 23cm square tin. In a saucepan, combine water and raisins. Bring to the boil and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in chopped dates and bicarbonate of soda. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together 110g butter and 150g caster sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour, salt and date mixture. Pour batter into prepared tin.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove cake from oven. Set aside and preheat grill.
  4. In a saucepan, melt 60g butter. Stir in dark brown soft sugar, cream and chopped nuts. Spread mixture over warm cake and place under grill until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Watch carefully - it burns easily. Cool before serving.

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Reviews (2)


This cake is just perfect, soooo squishy, squishy, and moreish. I made it for a friend coming to stay and 3 of us devoured the whole lot in 24 hours. Love it and will definately become a form favourite to whip together when in need of something sweet. THANK YOU soooo much for sharing this recipe. Oooooh one last thing, I used self raising flour by accident but the result was Devine so now have the dilemma of what to use next time.....the recommended plain flour or self raising! - 26 Jul 2014


This was really lovely at fter being left for a few days - 30 May 2014

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