Walnut date cake

    50 min

    It's very rich so a little goes a long way. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

    35 people made this

    Serves: 24 

    • 200g (7oz) caster sugar
    • 200g (7oz) plain flour
    • 120ml (4fl oz) milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 175g (6oz) pitted dates
    • 75g (3oz) chopped walnuts
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 450g (1lb) brown sugar
    • 475ml (16 fl oz) water
    • 5 tablespoons butter

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C (gas mark 5). Grease one 23 x 33cm baking tin.
    2. Combine the sugar, flour, milk, salt, dates, nut, vanilla and baking powder and mix well. Pour batter into the prepared tin.
    3. In a saucepan over medium heat combine the brown sugar, water and butter and bring to boil. Pour brown sugar mixture over batter.
    4. Bake at 190 degrees C for 30 to 35 minute or until the cake tests done. Serve warm with double cream or custard.

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    Altered ingredient amounts. I was very sceptical about this recipe but I had some dates to use so I dedided to try it anyway. The only alterations I made were leaving out all the sugar in the cake itself (it was sweet anyway with the sugar on the dates and the v. rich sauce) and halving the sauce. It was still very sweet and yummy! Actually quite low-fat due to there being no eggs in it and only a small amount of butter in the sauce (which I halved anyway remember). You would never guess from the finished product the weird ingredient list. Please try this cake without prior predjudice!  -  18 Jul 2008


    Used different ingredients. I made this for Christmas lunch. Even guests who didn't like dates loved it. I was told that I now have to bring this to every family gathering. I did substitute pecans for the walnuts.  -  18 Jul 2008


    This is a favourite recipe for Christmas dinners at our house. Hard to find this recipe in cookbooks but it is really worth trying.  -  18 Jul 2008