Date Cake with Walnut and Chocolate Chip Topping

    1 hour 10 minutes

    This is a rich date cake that is topped with a combination of walnuts, chocolate chips and brown sugar before being baked.

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    Serves: 24 

    • 1 cup dates, pitted and diced
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 cup (250ml) water
    • 1 cup (220g) white sugar
    • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 pinch salt, to taste
    • 1/2 cup (90g) brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hour10min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly grease one 20x30cm cake tin.
    2. Bring water to a boil. Pour over diced dates and bicarbonate of soda. Let stand until cool.
    3. Stir into the dates the sugar, flour, mayonnaise and salt. Mix until just combined. Pour batter into prepared cake tin.
    4. Mix the brown sugar, nuts and chocolate chips together. Sprinkle over top of batter.
    5. Bake at 180 degrees C for 40 to 45 minutes.

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    Has anyone tried this? My family was very disappointed as the only good about it was the topping. It was heavy and chewy and tasteless.  -  23 Jan 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This recipe sounds like the one my Mother use to make when I was a young girl. After her death her recipes were lost in the moving. I do remember that my mother never did anything with the topping until after the cake was baked, she would put the topping on after the cake was baked then popped it back in the oven and broiled it. It always came out wonderful. I will try this recipe and see if it is the same as my Mothers. Thank You so Very Much for posting this recipes. God Bless.  -  20 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This recipe is easy to make and is a very moist cake. My Mom has made this for years and it is a family favorite. Even people that say they don't like dates,just love this cake.  -  16 Mar 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)