Orange and Date Cake

Orange and Date Cake


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About this recipe: A festive alternative to Christmas cake, this fruit cake is chock-a-block with glace orange bits and dates, and soaked in an orange drizzle. Ice with royal icing, if desired.


Serves: 12 

  • 225g butter, softened
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 110ml buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 310g plain flour
  • 450g dates, pitted and chopped
  • 450g glace orange slices, chopped
  • 240g chopped pecans
  • 100g desiccated coconut
  • 225ml orange juice
  • 250g icing sugar

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:3hr  ›  Extra time:8hr soaking  ›  Ready in:11hr30min 

  1. Preheat oven to 120 C / Gas 1/2. Lightly grease and flour one 25cm tube cake tin.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and caster sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Dissolve bicarbonate of soda in buttermilk and add to the creamed mixture.
  3. Place flour in a large bowl and add dates, orange slices and nuts. Stir to coat each piece. Add flour mixture and coconut to creamed mixture. This makes a very stiff dough, so it will be necessary to stir with a wooden spoon.
  4. Pour mixture into the tube cake tin. Bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. As soon as cake comes from oven, combine the orange juice and icing sugar and pour over hot cake. Let stand in tin overnight.

Cake tins

You can use two 900g loaf tins OR three 23cm round cake tins instead of the tube cake tin. Simply adjust baking time as needed.

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