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Author Notes: My mom has been making a date cake since I can remember. I loved it each time she made it, this is my take on her recipe. I first made it for a friend who does not eat eggs, and since then it has been a favorite of family and friends. I make vegan/sugar free version if any guests have dietary restriction. I make another similar cake with dried Apricots and Almonds —Anagha
Makes 8 by 10 pan
- 18-20 pieces Dates
- 5 tablespoons Granulated sugar
- 1 cup All purpose flour ( I use 1/2 cup APF & 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup Oil ( I use Saffola)
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 1/2 cups Milk ( you can also use Soy or Almond milk to make a vegan version)
- 2 tablespoons Chopped Walnuts (optional)
- Remove the seeds from the dates if not using seedless.
- Soak the dates(save 2-3 to be chopped &added to the batter) in warm milk (3-4 hours is enough for the dates we get here)
- Blend them to a smooth paste along with the milk in which it is soaked in.
- Add oil and mix
- Preheat the oven to 350F
- Sieve together flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add the mixture one table spoon at a time to the date mixture and mix slowly
- Add sugar if needed. I don't add it if I am making a no- sugar version, and the dates add enough sweetness to the cake
- Chop the 2-3 saved dates and add to the batter
- Add the nuts, chopped dates and mix
- Grease a bread pan or a 8x10 Cake pan
- Pour the mixture in the pan and bake for about 35-40 mins (until the inserted knife comes out clean)
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