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Date Cake

Date Cake is simple and delicious. It's flecked with chocolate chips and walnuts and topped with sparkling sugar.

Date Cake is simple and delicious. It’s flecked with chocolate chips and walnuts and topped with sparkling sugar.

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At our house, we love recipes that remind us of family and bring back childhood memories, like the No Bake Cookies my mother used to make my brother and I. This recipe for date cake has been in Eric’s family for years and it’s one of his absolute favorite desserts because it reminds him of his grandma. In the very early stages of our relationship, Eric sent me a photo of this cake and asked me to go on a date with him. Looking back, I think his little pun and love for cake might be what sealed our fate.

Date Cake is loaded with sweet chocolate chips and crunchy walnuts. The dates make it super moist - especially after it's covered and sits for a day.

Now that Elle is almost two, she’s really starting to understand the holiday season. She’s pretty much obsessed with every Christmas song she hears and adores every single Santa she sees – even the teenage Santa wearing gym shoes we bumped into at Walmart. Christmas through her eyes has made this magical time of year even more special. And we’re pretty sure it’s only going to get better as each year passes.

We really want to create meaningful memories and traditions for her to look forward to each and every year. Things like visiting Santa, driving around to see Christmas lights, picking out items for the toy drive and delicious family recipes that she’ll associate with the holiday season. And there was really no better place to start than with Eric’s grandma’s date cake.

Eric has such fond memories of his grandma making the holiday season extra special – merrier, brighter. One of his fondest memories was her Christmas Eve buffet featuring a delicious array of food like sweet meatballs, pumpkin roll, cranberry chicken and this date cake all made with grandma’s TLC.

Date Cake is flecked with sweet chocolate chips and crunchy walnuts. A family favorite!

This date cake couldn’t be easier to make. It’s loaded with sweet chocolate chips and crunchy walnuts. The dates make it super moist – especially after it’s covered and sits for a day. A sprinkling of coarse sugar adds a little sparkle that is perfect for the season.

I love using Fisher Nuts in this recipe because they’re preservative-free. Nothing in the bag but the nuts as they came off the tree. That’s something this dessert lover can get behind. The zip top, stand up bag is a little added bonus!

We hope this delicious cake can become part of your family’s traditions too, because it’s just that good.

Date loaded with sweet chocolate chips and crunchy walnuts. A sprinkle of coarse sugar makes it extra special.

Date Cake is simple and delicious. It's flecked with chocolate chips and walnuts and topped with sparkling sugar.

Date Cake

Yield: 24 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Date Cake is simple and delicious. It’s flecked with chocolate chips and walnuts and topped with sparkling sugar.

Ingredients

  • 1 8-ounce package chopped, pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 cup vegetable shortening (I use butter-flavor Crisco)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 larges eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup chopped Fisher walnuts
  • 1/4 cup coarse sparkling sugar, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place dates into a medium, heat-resistant bowl and pour boiling water over the dates. Stir in baking soda. The mixture may foam up a bit, this is completely normal. Set bowl aside to cool for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Once dates have cooled, use an electric mixer to cream together the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix until fully incorporated. Stir in the dates and liquid.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  6. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the shortening mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread the batter evenly. If desired, sprinkle the top of the batter with coarse sugar.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes.
  9. Tightly cover leftover cake and store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Notes

  • We use Sun-Maid chopped dates in this cake.
  • I have not tried this recipe with butter instead of shortening, so I cannot attest to the outcome.
Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 236Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 20mgSodium 155mgCarbohydrates 33gFiber 2gSugar 22gProtein 3g

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lucy adams

Sunday 24th of January 2021

It was a good recipe. But too many chocolate chips in my opinion. It detracted from the natural flavor of the dates.

Rima

Monday 7th of September 2020

Excellent recipe! I used butter and guesstimated on the dates (medjool) and added a brown sugar crumble on top and it was so so good.

Jamie

Thursday 10th of September 2020

So happy to hear you enjoyed the cake, Rima! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie

Ellen

Thursday 27th of December 2018

 My mom gave me this recipe and we use 1 cup butter instead of Crisco and it turns out just fine!

Jamie

Thursday 3rd of January 2019

So happy to hear you enjoyed the cake, Ellen! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie

Jo Unden in Guernsey

Monday 3rd of September 2018

Substituted half the flour for dessicated coconut, used butter instead of shotening and used a mixture of pecans and walnuts as didnt have enough of either. Absolutely amazing! Already a family favourite.

Jamie

Sunday 9th of September 2018

So happy to hear you enjoyed the cake, Jo! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie

Ayesha

Monday 7th of May 2018

Hi! I've never used shortening and just wondering if regular butter a good substitute for it? Thanks so much!

Jamie

Thursday 10th of May 2018

Ayesha- We have not tested this substitution, so I am not sure how it will turn out. However, I am thinking it'll be just fine. If you give it a try, let us know. Thanks so much for stopping by! -Jamie

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