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Author Notes: A fragrant walnut cake, dotted with dates. Can be baked in sandwich tins and layered with cream cheese frosting or hazelnut chocolate spread to make a birthday cake. —Amrita
Makes 1 9-inch cake
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup olive oil (not extra-virgin please)
- 1/2 cup boiled water
- 1 cup pitted dates, chopped
- Whipped Cream or frosting of choice, optional
- Pre-heat oven to 180 deg C.
- Grease and line a 8-9? baking tin with parchment paper. Grease the paper as well.
- In a bowl combine flour, walnuts, baking powder and salt and mix with a fork.
- In a larger bowl whisk the eggs till light and fluffy, for about 3 minutes. Add in the sugar gradually, whisking continuously.
- Pour in oil and boiled water, fold in the flour mix with a whisk till just combined. Do not overwork the batter.
- Pour the batter into the greased tin. Place the dates in a layer on top and bake for 30-40 minutes till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the top is firm and springy to touch. Cool completely on the rack.
- The cake is fine just by itself, but you could spread a bit of frosting on top or serve with a dollop of unsweetened softly whipped cream.