Date Cake

Date Cake

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This date cake is a little different from your usual because it has a topping which is cooked under the grill. Serve warm but not too hot!


Makes: 1 cake

  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) water
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 3/4 cup dates, pitted and diced
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 125g butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 1/2 cups (185g) plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Topping
  • 60g butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons thickened cream
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, diced

Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour a 23cm square cake tin. In a saucepan, combine water and raisins. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in dates and bicarb soda. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together 125g butter and 3/4 cup white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour, salt and date mixture. Pour batter into prepared tin.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove cake from oven and set oven to grill.
  4. In a saucepan, melt 60g butter. Stir in brown sugar, cream and diced walnuts. Spread mixture over warm cake and place under grill until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Watch carefully - it burns easily.

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