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!

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    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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    Very moist,good flavor. Wonderful topping. Good old fashioned cake like my mother used to make.  -  23 Feb 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is OUTSTANDING. Fun to make with kids, too! I made the recipe as directed except that I didn't have cream on hand, so our topping was made with milk instead. It was delicious! The topping was starting to burn under my broiler after 1 1/2 minutes so watch it carefully. Did I mention how good this is?? It would be great with some spiced whipped cream!  -  22 Nov 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Ok, I made quite a few adjustments (sorry!!!), but it was a delicious cake, and I am sure it would be amazing as written as well. I used 2 cups chopped dates and a half cup raisins. I boiled the fruit in 3/4 cup water and 3/4 cup orange juice with some cinnamon. When I added the baking soda it had a mini lava effect like a science fair project (I didn't think about the acid from the orange juice and baking soda, oops), but not enough to be a mess, and it didn't ruin the flavor. I used almond extract instead of vanilla, and I also added nuts to the cake. I messed up the topping the first time I made it (adding the cream to the hot butter wasn't pretty) so I just did a topping of butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Anyway, my whole family loved this recipe. They said they would buy it in a coffee shop. I didn't think it was that pretty, so if I made it for company I would increase the recipe and make it in a bundt pan, or slice it like a loaf cake and serve with sauce and whipped cream.  -  27 Feb 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)