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Date and toffee cake

I defy you to make this cake and not eat a minimum of two pieces – it is a real winner and even improves being kept for a couple of days, in an airtight tin.

I made this as our Easter cake because I knew that everyone would eat it and I was right. I finished the last piece on Friday!!!

My next recipe will be a slimming one to fight off the Easter pounds!


Date and toffee cake

Serves 10

  • 225g chopped dates
  • tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 225g granulated sugar
  •  90g butter
  • 1  egg
  • 1 tps vanilla essence
  • 1 tps baking powder
  •  275g plain flour
  •  Topping
  •   50g walnuts
  • 5  tbls demerara sugar
  • 2  tbls butter
  • 2  tbls double cream



Grease a 22cm tin and line with silicon.

  1. Pour over one breakfast cup of boiling water over the chopped dates. Add on tsp of bicarbonate of soda and leave to stand.
  2. Cream sugar, butter, egg, flour, baking powder and vanilla essence. Add mixture to the chopped dates.
  3. Bake in a moderate oven 180 for 30-35 minutes. Until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool.
  4. Meanwhile, mix together all topping ingredients except walnuts and boil for 3 minutes – until the mixture starts to thicken and go pale – it should coat the spoon. Pour over the cooked cake and decorate with halved walnuts.

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2 comments on “Date and toffee cake


13 Apr 2015

Hi Sally! By sheer co-incidence, I was thinking this morning that I had lots of work to do, but also wanted to make a cake before a load of teenagers came for tennis and tea! I got your email – knew I had some dates in the larder, made this at lunchtime and WOW – it was simply DELICIOUS! Very, very quick and easy to make. I slightly gave up on the ‘creaming’ as that was never going to happen, and just added the liquid date mixture and popped it in the Aga! Thank you for a very successful recipe! Jenny x



    22 Apr 2015

    Delighted you liked it!


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