Gluten-free Sticky Date Cake

By • February 11, 2011 • 6 Comments

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Author Notes: This recipe was inspired by a family favourite, and I have adapted an old recipe to make this cake gluten-free. It uses healthy almond and millet flours, also making it grain-free. Naturally sweetened with dates and a little honey, it is moist and deliciously dense.

After a few trials with these new flours, we were all happy to have our favourite back on our plates (warmed and nestled next to a generous scoop of vanilla-bean ice cream!)

Inspired by ‘sticky date & oat cake’ in ‘the So Good cook book’ by Sanitarium SoGood, Central Coast Printing, (2007). - KateAlice.

Food52 Review: I imagine this could have been served at a lord’s table in the 1400s. While its large dense crumb may seem more like that of a quick bread, the dates lend it the richness of cake and the drizzle of maple syrup adds the perfect last touch of sweetness. This cake’s flavors are very well-balanced. Almond and millet flours weave gluten-free magic together for a final texture that will disappoint no one, gluten-free or otherwise. Dates are already so sweet that some desserts abuse them with added sugar but here, they sing. Note: I used 110g almond flour and 100g millet flour, which seemed just right. - Syronaibeyondcelery

Serves 8

  • 2 cups pitted dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda/bicarb soda
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • .75 cups millet flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F/175 °C. Line or grease either a 8-inch cake tin or a 9-inch by 4-inch loaf pan.
  2. Place the chopped dates and boiling water in a small saucepan. When it comes back to the boil, add the cream of tartar and baking soda; stir as it froths. Turn off the heat and set the saucepan aside
  3. In a large bowl, combine almond and millet flours (using a whisk or a fork is best)
  4. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the eggs, then add the grapeseed oil and honey
  5. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry
  6. Pour in the dates and use a wooden spoon to combine the mixture thoroughly
  7. Pour the batter into the cake tin or loaf pan
  8. Bake for around 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean
  9. While it is still warm, poke holes with a toothpick on top of the cake, and pour the maple syrup over the cake
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10 months ago Dianne

I've been making something very similar (before gluten free) for years. I would top it with Chocolate Chips and chopped walnuts. Even ones that didn't (think) they liked dates, loved it.


11 months ago Kateq

Delicious!! I used almond meal and millet I ground in my coffee grinder.


about 3 years ago Midge

Just saved this; sounds great!


over 3 years ago susan g

I made the cake, using mini-muffin papers so they could be finger food for a group. I had 28 of the babies, and we loved them! Note for bakers: I took whole millet and ground it in the coffee grinder I usually use for flax seeds, to make millet flour.


over 3 years ago susan g

Hoping to try this soon! I like the adaptations you are making, probably improving the wholesomeness over the originals.
I assume step 4 means "a medium bowl"?


over 3 years ago KateAlice.

Hi Susan, yes you're right-that's definitely "bowl" and not "boil"! Thanks for spotting the typo, I'll be sure to fix it.
Great to hear you'd like to try it; I hope you enjoy. It definitely makes a frequent appearance in our house:)