Date Cake

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"This cake becomes more moist each day that it is covered. This recipe was my Grandmother's and we always had this cake at Christmas. I know the recipe is at least 60 years old."


servings 458 cals
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Original recipe yields 11 servings



  • Calories:
  • 458 kcal
  • 23%
  • Fat:
  • 15.9 g
  • 25%
  • Carbs:
  • 74.3g
  • 24%
  • Protein:
  • 8.1 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 21 mg
  • 7%
  • Sodium:
  • 153 mg
  • 6%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C). Grease and flour two 8 inch round cake pans. Set aside. Put dates in a bowl with soda and pour boiling water on top. Set a side.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together 1 cup sugar, 2 1/2 cups flour and 1 cup chopped walnuts. Add egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla, pinch of salt and tablespoon butter. Mix to combine. Finally, stir in chopped dates with liquid. Mix well. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Cake will pull away from sides of pans and be golden brown.
  4. In a medium saucepan, combine buttermilk, 1 cup sugar, pinch of salt and 4 tablespoons flour. Cook on medium heat until thickened. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and remaining cup of walnuts.
  5. Spread mixture between layers and on top of cake. Let filling run down the sides of cake.
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  1. 9 Ratings


Since I bake alot,I really should have paid more attention to the ingrediants.A tablespoon of butter is not enough oil for this cake.And 4 tablespoons of flour in a icing?And that is what the ic...

this recipe was given to me many, many years ago. i was delighted to see that someone else had it and enjoys it as much as i do. it's really one of the best cakes that i have made. all cake lo...

Although the cake is good, I wouldn't give it 5 stars. It didn't "wow me" as I thought it would. My husband really liked it and we both agree that it is the icing that makes it. I feel that i...

I was crushed when I lost my mother's date cake recipe and could not find another we liked as well- Guess what- this one is even better. Thanks!

great! I did add a extra tablespoon of butter but everyone loved it. Very easy to prepair & looked nice with drizzled frosting.

I made this for my mom's 82nd birthday; it is an old-fashioned recipe and it was just right! The user who mentioned the glaze tasted like flour was correct -- there was more than a faint hint of...

I love dates and have been looking for a good recipe for date cake. This cake turned out rather dry. It definitely needs more butter & dates and less flour. As for the topping, I omitted the fl...

I'm glad to see this old recipe. My grandmother, born in 1886, made this cake in a tube pan every Christmas when I was growing up. I have her old recipe, but it is only a list of ingredients w...

This recipe looks really good and easy to make. However, it is important to clarify on the recipe that the ingredients on the left side are for the cake and the ingredients on the right are for ...