Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

Serve sliced and topped with butter and a cup of tea. I have had this recipe for about 7 years, a girlfriend made this and I HAD to have the recipe. This makes either 1 square cake OR two small loaves.


  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the dates, sugar and ginger. Bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer for 2 minutes. Add the bicarb, transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the egg and sifted flour - fold carefully to mix.
  3. Pour into a well greased and lioned 20 cm square tin and bake at 180oC (360F) for 40 minutes (or until cooked when tested with a skewer).
  4. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and turn out.
  5. Best served warm with butter.