Finnish Date Cake (Taatelikakku)

Total Time
1hr 35mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

A lovely moist cake traditionally served at Christmas time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 150°C.
  2. Grease and flour a loaf pan.
  3. Place dates, water and butter in a saucepan, bring to boil and simmer for about 20 minutes (I like to break down the dates a bit for smoother jam). Let cool.
  4. Pour date mixture into a mixing bowl, add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  5. Add egg, mix well.
  6. Sift together flour, baking powder and vanilla sugar. Add flour mixture and cream alternately to the mix.
  7. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 75 minutes.
Most Helpful

WHAT A WONDERFUL CAKE! Definitely something I want to make again during the winter holidays! I did chop the dates before including them & also used the light cream! Decided to let it age slightly, so wrapped it & set it aside for a week before serving it with a topping of homemade cranberry sauce! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! [Tagged, made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in the current Pick-A-Chef]

Sydney Mike September 26, 2008

A great recipe for a lovely cake. Thank you. BUT: Why waste power heating the oven up before cooking and cooling the dates? I would recommend switching it on AFTER cooking the dates, which gives it plenty of time to heat up while cooling the dates and making the cake mix.

English Sunset August 08, 2010