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Chocolate-Date Cake with Chocolate Sticky Toffee Glaze

July 10, 2013
5 Ratings
  • Makes a 21 cm (8,3 or 9 inch) round cake pan
Author Notes

Moist and extra chocolaty date cake. With the most irresistible STICKY TOFFEE GLAZE ever! Can't stop eating.
Adapted with few changes from Martha Stewart —mookies

What You'll Need
  • For the Cake
  • 1 cup water
  • 11,6 ounces (330 gr.) whole Medjool dates, pitted, plus 4 more, pitted and halved, for garnish
  • 3,6 ounces (100 gr.) chopped Medjool dates
  • 3 tablespoons brandy
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • 2 tablespoons strong-brewed coffee
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups (200 gr.) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or more
  • 9 tablespoons (130 gr.) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 4,3 ounces (120 gr.) packed dark-brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 ounces (110 gr.) bittersweet chocolate (66% cacao), coarsely chopped
  • For the Glaze
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons (50 gr.) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup (60 gr.) packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup (80 gr.) cream
  • 3,6 ounces (100 gr.) bittersweet chocolate (66% cacao), finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  1. Make the cake: Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F) degrees. Butter a 21 cm (8,3 or 9 inch) round cake pan. Line with parchment, and butter.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Meanwhile, combine dates, brandy, coffee, and 2 tablespoons cocoa in a heatproof bowl. Stir in boiling water. Let cool, stirring occasionally. Puree cooled date mixture in a food processor (you should have about 2 1/2 cups). Place puree in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk flour, salt, cinnamon, and remaining 2 tablespoons cocoa in a bowl. Beat butter and dark-brown sugar with a mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition (batter will look curdled). Stir baking soda into reserved uncovered date puree. On low speed, beat flour mixture into egg mixture in 2 additions, alternating with the date mixture. Beat in chocolate and chopped dates. Transfer batter to prepared pan, and smooth top.
  4. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Run a knife around edge of pan to loosen, and invert cake onto rack.
  5. Remove parchment, turn cake right side up, and let cool completely. (Cake can be wrapped in plastic and stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.)
  6. Make the glaze: Bring butter, dark-brown sugar, water, and salt to a boil in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Boil 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Whisk in cream. Add chocolate, and whisk until smooth. Whisk in brandy. Let cool until thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. Place cake on stand and pour glaze over top, letting some drip down sides. Garnish with halved dates.

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3 Reviews

traveller48 April 19, 2021
hi girls :) I came to you with a great recipe. I tried the recipe in this ingredient, but there are a few missing, but it's okay, you can get a delicious cake by trying the recipe I left, and it's much simpler to make :)
MichelleMags September 1, 2014
What are these measurements? 11,6 ounces dates? 4,3 ounces dark brown sugar? Please correct this recipe!
mookies September 1, 2014

Thanks for the remark, I tried to be accurate. Now with the metric system (grams) I hope you don't have a problem!