Dates and Cream Cake

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Karena – this recipe is from an aunt who died over 40 years ago.


  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 75 g butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup dessicated coconut
  • 4 tablepsoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 180 C.
To make cake pour boiling water over dates, add baking soda, and allow to cool. Cream butter and sugar, add egg, then sifted flour and baking powder.
Stir in cooled date mixture and vanilla essence. Bake for about
1 hr, or until skewer in centre comes clean. While still warm, pour over topping. Make this by melting butter, stirring in other topping ingredients, and simmering in pan for 3 minutes.

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  1. The cake is quite similar to date loaf. The topping is delicious – similar to a sweet muesli slice in flavour. It’s a thick mixture that presses onto the cake quite well. It seems an odd thing to put on top of a date cake, but it’s very nice. I think the topping could be used for other types of cakes and slices, too, instead of icing.