Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

This is one of my sister's contributions to the family cookbook. It makes a deliciously moist cake and is wonderful with a dollop of cream.


  1. Put dates in boiling water with baking soda and leave to cool.
  2. Cream sugar, butter and vanilla extract.
  3. Add egg and dates and mix in well.
  4. Add all dry ingredients.
  5. Place in prepared baking pan and ake at 180C for 45 minutes.
  6. 5 minutes before cake comes out of oven, boil topping ingredients together for 3 minutes.
  7. Stab cake with knife and pour topping over as it comes out of the oven.
  8. Serve warm or cool.
Most Helpful

Don't try this cake! I have made many cakes and this recipe is the worst for date cake. Waste of time!

cake2013 May 29, 2013

the smell is amazing and the taste divine. i once had a recipe for date cake but couldn't find it. my recipe called for brown sugar for both the cake and the sauce so i used it in this one. otherwise kept the same. thanks bunches for posting......

sallee in Kingsville, Ont January 12, 2010