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Date Walnut & Orange Cake

A moist floral orang cake spiced with cinnamon and a crunchy walnut crust. The dates are like little pockets of flavor running through the cake with a jam like texture.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 38 mins
Course Breakfast, Bread, Sweet tooth, Cake
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Slices


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Baking tin (9inch)
  • Heatproof bowl


  • 1 cup Dates (pitted and chopped)
  • ¾ cup Walnuts (roughly chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts (whole for the top of the cake)
  • 1 ½ tsp Baking soda
  • ½ cup Water (warmed)
  • ½ cup Orange juice
  • 2 nos Eggs
  • ¾ cup Brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp Butter (melted)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp All Spice powder
  • 1 ½ cup Flour
  • Pinch of Salt


  • Preheat the oven to 170°C. Line a 9 inch cake with oil and then baking paper.
  • In a heat proof bowl add the warm water, chopped dates, baking soda and orange juice. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl add the eggs and the sugar, whisk well until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture has gotten pale.
  • Add the butter and vanilla, whisk briefly.
  • Sift over the flour and spices, add the salt and chopped walnuts. Pour the date mixture with all the liquid into the bowl and using the spatula fold the ingredients together until combined.
  • Transfer to the baking tin and top with additional walnuts and granulated sugar.
  • Bake for 35 – 38 mins until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.