Date And Walnut Cake

Serves: 10 - 12
Preparation: NA
Cooking Time: NA

A moist, sticky sponge cake, incorporating the classic combination of fruit and nuts.


  • 200g dates
  • 40g unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 250ml boiling water
  • 140g light muscavado Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 280g Co-operative plain Flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 115g walnuts (chopped)
  • pinch of salt


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease a deep cake tin, and line the base with baking paper.
  2. Place the dates, butter and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl, and cover with boiling water. Stir everything together until the butter is melted. Let it cool.
  3. In a bowl, mix the sugar and eggs and beat until combined and fluffy. Add in the date mixture, followed by the flour, baking powder, ground ginger, and salt.
  4. Add the walnuts and mix everything together.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the cake tin. Bake for an hour, or until the cake is risen and browned. If you insert a skewer into the center, it should come out clean.
  6. When cooked, leave to cool, and serve.

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