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Date and walnut cake on a cake stand, decorated with a glaze, walnuts and flower petals
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Date Cake with Walnuts (easy!)

This date cake with walnuts is so easy to do and the perfect sweet treat. We don't skimp out on the dates around here - it's loaded! And the best part is the easy glaze on top. Must try!
Course Desserts
Cuisine N/A
Keyword Date and walnut cake, Date cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 10 -14 pieces

Ingredients

Wet ingredients:

  • 5 eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup granulated sugar

Dry ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour level
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cardamom green
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground clove
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Add-ins:

  • 25 large pitted dates or 500g pitted weight (I used Medjool)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts + ¼ cup for decoration

For the glaze:

  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons thick cream solid form, typically from Carnation or Puck in a small can

Instructions

  • Start by cutting the dates lengthwise and take out the seeds. You should use approximately 500g of dates in order to ensure a good ratio in the cake
  • Add them to a bowl and cover them with boiling water. Leave to soak for 10 minutes
  • Preheat your oven to 325F
  • Mix your dry ingredients together in a bowl using a spoon or spatula
  • In a separate bowl, beat the wet ingredients with the sugar until well combined, about 2 minutes. You can do this using a stand or handheld electric mixer.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 2 portions, and continue to mix well until well combined. The batter will look quite thick
  • Drain the dates from the water and mash them with a fork or a potato masher
  • Add the dates and walnuts into the batter and mix until just combined using your hand or the mixer
  • Grease the 9" round cake pan with butter or oil, then dust it with flour all around, ensuring you get the edges. It helps to tap it against the counter.
  • Add the batter to the pan and place it in the oven.
  • Bake the cake for approximately 60 minutes. However, you should start checking your cake at the 45 minute mark because ovens vary. Check the cake by inserting a knife or toothpick in the middle of the cake and ensuring it comes out clean
  • Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes then remove it to a cake stand
  • Prepare the glaze just before serving by melting the butter in a saucepan, then whisking it with the sugar and cream until combined
  • Bring it to a boil on medium heat, then lower it to low and allow it to simmer for 2-3 minutes. It will thicken as it cools down.
  • Add the glaze to the cake and sprinkle it with chopped nuts. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Medjool dates will work best for this cake because they are really sweet and soft. However, other date varieties will also work, just ensure you add the same amount (500g)
  • You can also chop the dates into smaller pieces and this will help with mashing them. However I find that using boiling water when soaking them softens them enough to make the mashing process easy.
  • I used a 9" springform cake pan, but you can use any pan size as long as it's a similar volume as a round 9" pan.