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slice of cake showing dates and walnuts in the cake

Date And Walnut Cake Recipe

Delicious, tradditional classic recipe from my Granmother's handwitten recipe book
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Cake
Cuisine British
Servings 12
Calories 230 kcal


  • 2lb loaf tin


  • 250 g dates, chopped
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 55 g butter or margarine, cut into small cubes
  • 170 ml 6 fluid oz boiling water
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 55 g chopped walnuts
  • 250 g self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence optional


  • Pre heat the oven to 160 degrees C
  • Place the dates, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and butter/margarine into a mixing bowl
  • Pour the boiling water over and mix to melt the fat
  • Allow to cool a little
  • Add the egg
  • Add the walnuts, flour and vanilla essence if using and mix to a smooth batter type consistency
  • Grease and line two small or one large loaf tin
  • Bake in the oven for about 75 minutes or until firm
Keyword classic cake recipe