My Grandmother made something she called Dutch cakes..

the cake was dark and contained dates. cut into 4 inch squares finished with a meringue type frosting/icing they were made early and packed away in a big tin until Christmas. The meringue crumble all over you face on first bite.. does any one know what I'm talking about .. looking for a recipe

Anno
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  • December 17, 2021
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aargersi December 17, 2021
Maybe something like this?
https://marilyndishes.com/2017/05/18/meringue-cake-with-dates-nuts-chocolate/

Or this - it seems to be a British / Australian thing:

https://www.taste.com.au/recipes/chocolate-date-meringue-torte/27fc6322-6771-4f27-b405-33068f748aab?nk=54e98977a15950bd30e31179d2dd4a84-1639774884

 
HalfPint December 17, 2021
By any chance was your gran from Pennsylvania? Could this be an Amish cake and mislabeled as "Dutch"?
 
Anno December 17, 2021
Texas born and reared. I would love to find the recipe for them. I have her cookbook and many hand written recipes but nothing of this sort. Do you know where I might find the recipe for the Amish cake?
 
HalfPint December 17, 2021
Unfortunately, I don't have a recipe for what you are looking for. Sorry. I thought that maybe the "Dutch" part might have been a bastardization of "Deutsch". Much like "Dutch" Pennsylvania.

I did see a recipe for Amish funny cake but it does not sound like your gran's cake (no meringue). Perhaps your gran was a creative baker who developed this herself :)
 
Anno December 18, 2021
thank you for your input and interest
 
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