Queen Elizabeth Cake

    Queen Elizabeth Cake


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    A scrumptious date nut cake that is truly fit for a queen. It is crowned with a grilled coconut topping.

    Serves: 12 

    • 1 cup (250ml) boiling water
    • 1 cup dates (180g), pitted and chopped
    • 65g butter, softened
    • 1 cup (220g) white sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 1½ cups plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bi-carb soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup (60g) chopped walnuts
    • For the topping
    • 1 cup (45g) flaked or shredded coconut
    • ½ cup (90g) packed brown sugar
    • 120g butter
    • 1/4 cup (65ml) cream

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

    1. Pour boiling water over dates in a small bowl, and let stand until cool.
    2. Measure flour, baking powder, bi-carb, salt and nuts into a small bowl. Stir to mix.
    3. Cream the butter and white sugar together in a mixing bowl; beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture in three parts alternately with date mixture in two parts, beginning and ending with dry mixture. Spread batter into a greased 23x33cm baking or cake tin.
    4. Bake at 180 degrees C for 30 to 40 minutes, or until an inserted wooden pick comes out clean.
    5. To Make Topping: Mix coconut, brown sugar, butter and cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Boil for three minutes. Spread over warm cake, and brown under the griller.

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