Date and walnut cake with coconut topping

Date and walnut cake with coconut topping


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About this recipe: A scrumptious twist on the usual date and walnut cake. This is a moist date walnut cake topped with a warm coconut topping, which is browned under the grill.


Serves: 12 

  • 250ml boiling water
  • 145g dates, pitted and chopped
  • 50g butter, softened
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 60g chopped walnuts
  • 75g desiccated coconut
  • 150g dark brown soft sugar
  • 90g butter
  • 4 tablespoons cream

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

  1. Pour boiling water over dates in a small bowl, and let stand until cool.
  2. Measure flour, baking powder, bicarb, salt and nuts into a small bowl. Stir to mix.
  3. Cream 50g of the butter and caster 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 mixture into a greased 22x33cm tin.
  4. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 30 to 40 minutes, or until an inserted wooden skewer comes out clean.
  5. Coconut topping: Mix coconut, dark brown soft sugar, 90g butter and cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Boil for three minutes. Spread over warm cake, and brown under the grill.

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