29 Sep 2014

Date Walnut Cake

I like to add something healthy in my bakes and dates and nuts definitely qualify as healthy! There are many ways to make a date cake, you can add chopped dates or blend the dates and then add. In this recipe, I chose to blend the dates and make a puree and add to the batter. My family loves nuts so I add lots of it to the batter! This made an awesome soft, moist nutty cake!


Date Walnut Cake

DATE WALNUT CAKE
Preparation time 15 mins | Baking time 35 mins | Makes one 9" cake

Ingredients
  • Dates - 2 cups, chopped
  • All purpose flour/maida - 1 cup
  • Wheat flour - 1 cup
  • Eggs - 3
  • Sugar - 1 cup (I used 3/4th cup)
  • Milk - 1/4 cup
  • Oil - 1 cup
  • Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp
  • Vanilla - 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Walnuts - 1/2 cup to 1 cup (as per preference)
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Hot water - to soak dates

Date Walnut Cake


Method
1. De seed the dates and chop them into small pieces. Soak the dates in just enough hot water. Add baking soda and mix well. Let this rest for 30 mins to 1 hour. This is to soften the dates. After 1 hour, add 1/4 cup milk and blend to a fine paste and set aside.



2. Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and line a 9 inch baking pan. In a large mixing bowl, add the vanilla and eggs one at a time and beat using an electric mixer until light and frothy.



3. Add the sugar and beat again. Add the oil and beat again.
4. Now add the dates puree and beat again. 



5. Sieve the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon powder. Add in small batches and fold with the wet ingredients.



6. Coat the chopped walnuts with 1 tbsp of flour and mix well until it is well coated. Add the walnuts to the batter and mix in.



7. Pour the batter into the greased pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a tooth pick/skewer comes out clean.



8. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then turn onto a cooling rack and cool completely.



Date Walnut Cake


Notes
1. You can add 2 cups of all purpose flour instead of wheat flour.
2. Add any nuts of your choice. 1/2 cup is more than enough but we like nuts so I added more.
3. Coating the nuts with flour prevents it from sinking to the bottom of the cake.
4. The cake tastes awesome after a few hours when all the flavors have seeped in.
5. I used only 3/4th cup sugar since the dates were very sweet. Adjust the sugar depending on the sweetness of the dates. I used 3/4th cup of granulated white sugar but powdered it after measuring to make it easy to dissolve.



Until next time,



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28 comments:

  1. Simply such a stunner. I like the technic; mix, stir and fold. Need to try one of these days.

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  2. Healthy cake,and addition of wheat flour is so impressive.wil try it soon

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  3. cake looks soft and moist .How many days can we keep the cake at room temperature ?

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    1. I have always kept the remaining cake refrigerated since it has eggs and milk but you could keep it out for a day or two.

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  4. healthy and delicious date cake, bookmarked to try!

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  5. Totally agree that both dates and walnuts are healthy ingredients and nice that you have added these to bake this cake :D

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  6. wow i jus love walnuts in cakes they give a nutty flavor n texture .. bfully baked..

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  7. Walnut cakes are my favorite....looks so moist and soft!

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  8. Wat if i dun use oil? Ny othr option to oil?

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  9. My family isn't very fond of nuts...If I make this without nuts, do I have to make any other changes in the ingredients or method? Thanks in advance, and LOVE your blog!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comment :) You can leave out the nuts and bake the cake as it is or add anything else that your family enjoys like chocolate chips or raisins... the choice is yours!

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  10. Hi
    What can substitute eggs in this receipe? Is it ok to bake the ready batter in two batches?
    I want this to b my first bake in my brand new oven tomorrow.

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    1. I don't think replacing 3 eggs in a recipe will work out. Choose an egg free recipe and try out. Good luck :)

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  11. The cake came out so so well. It's moist, has a beautiful crumb and the aroma is just heavenly. Thanks for such an amazing recipe.

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