Orange, date and walnut cake

    11 hours 25 min

    A rich and delicious date and walnut cake with the addition of coconut and chopped candied orange bits.

    11 people made this

    Serves: 24 

    • 225g butter
    • 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 walnuts
    • 100g desiccated coconut
    • 225ml fresh orange juice
    • 250g icing sugar, sifted

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:3hr  ›  Extra time:8hr soaking  ›  Ready in:11hr25min 

    1. Preheat oven to 120 C / Gas 1/2. Grease and flour one 20x30cm baking tin.
    2. Cream the butter and the sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time beating after each addition.
    3. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the butter milk and add it to the egg mixture, beating well.
    4. In a large bowl mix the flour, dates, orange bits, walnuts and coconut. Mix to coat. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and combine well. Mixture will be very stiff and may require mixing with your hands. Place mixture into the prepared pan.
    5. Bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Mix the orange juice and icing sugar together and pour over the hot cake. Let cake stand in tin overnight before serving.

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    My mother made this every Christmas since the 1960's. A few slight differences - her recipe called for pecans instead of walnuts, 2 tablespoons of grated orange peel, and only 8 oz. of dates; it was baked at 325. She always used a large (16 x 5 x 5) loaf pan. In recent years, I've been the one who bakes it each December. The cake always collapsed when the glaze was poured over it, so a couple of years ago, I tried heating the glaze in the microwave first. It works! The cake remains full size.  -  05 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Delicious..... Had it first hand and Glenda was kind enough to share the recipe.  -  21 Feb 2013  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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