Date cake on a white wooden background
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Date Cake Recipe

The dates in the recipe give this cake a mellow richness. This is a cake fit for a festival treat. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British, Middle East
Keyword: Date Cake
Appliance: Hand mixer
Servings: 10 people
Author: Paromita Datta


  • 1 1/4 cups dates pitted and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
  • 150 ml water hot
  • 1/2 cup muscovado sugar
  • 75 grams butter
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 egg


  • Heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease and line a cake or loaf tin. 
  • Add the bicarbonate of soda to the dates in a bowl. Pour over the boiling water and keep it aside. 
  • In a large bowl, cream the sugar and butter together with a hand mixer till its fluffy. For this quantity, you can also do it by hand. 
  • Break the egg into this mix and whisk briskly. Add the nuts and mix again.
  • Fold the flour into the cake and date mix. Make sure all the flour is incorporated, but do not overbeat it. Bake this in the oven for about 1 hour 15 minutes. 
  • The cake is done when the top springs back when pressed gently. Take out the cake from its tin and let it cool on a wire rack. 
  • Enjoy your cake with friends and family!
    Homemade date and walnut loaf cake isolated on white background


You can add spices like ground nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger for a festive touch.
For a decadent treat, serve this with caramel or toffee sauce. 
If you don't have muscovado sugar, use any other brown sugar.