Date Loaf with Sugar Sauce

    2 days 22 hours 10 minutes

    This recipe takes the tried and true date loaf and jazzes it up with a hot brown sugar sauce. Delicious!

    100 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • Cake
    • 1 cup dates, pitted and diced
    • 1 cup water
    • 125g butter
    • 220g white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 185g plain flour
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 125g chopped walnuts
    • Brown Sugar Sauce
    • 65g butter
    • 1/3 cup thickened cream
    • 75g brown sugar

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:2days22hours  ›  Ready in:2days22hours10min 

    1. Cake: Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour a 22x13cm loaf tin. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring dates and water to a boil. Add the butter and sugar and stir until melted. Remove from heat and stir in bicarb soda. Let cool for 10 minutes.
    2. Place date mixture into a large bowl. Blend in flour, egg and vanilla. Stir in chopped walnuts and pour batter into loaf tin.
    3. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out on to a wire rack and cool completely.
    4. Brown Sugar Sauce: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, cream and sugar. Heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and sugar is dissolved.

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    Simply amazing cake - so moist- subbed half cup of water for brandy - wow just like my Xmas pudding flavour with that mild hint of brandy - as I had hard dates I just soaked in the brandy for an hour before cooking on stove - such an easy recipe too 😀  -  29 Jun 2017


    This a delicious, MOIST date nut cake. I never thought I would find one! The only change I made was I substituted 1/2 C. of the water for 1/2 C. brandy. This made it awesome! Yummmmmmmy! Thank you for submitting this recipe. Susan in NC  -  17 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Wow! Soooo good! Will now be a repeat treat for me. I subbed 1/2 the flour with whole wheat flour and cut out 1/4 cup of the sugar. I think this recipe is a bit mislabeled as a "cake" because it's the texture of a sweet bread. Also, watch the bake time; mine was a bit dry and I only baked it for 40 minutes.  -  31 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)