Auntie Anne's Matrimonial Cake

Recipe by oilpatchjo
READY IN: 1hr 5mins
YIELD: 12 squares




  • Date Filling: Cook dates in water with orange rind {grated} with sugar over a moderate heat until thickened and smooth remove from heat and add fruit juices mix well and cool before spreading.
  • Crumb Mixture: Sift flour, baking soda and salt rub in butter add sugar and oatmeal mix well spread 1/2 of the crumb mixture in a greased pan and press in smoothly. Cover with cooled date mixture evenly then cover with the remaining crumb mixture pat to make smooth bake 30 - 35 minutes in a cool oven 325 Fahrenheit then increase the heat to 350 Fahrenheit to lightly brown cake.
  • Cut in squares while hot allow to cool in pan.
  • Note: Date mixture can be cut in half if you do not want that much filling. Crumb mixture I blend the butter well with the crumb mixture then I put the mixture in my Kitchen Aid stand mixer on the lowest setting for about 3 minutes until well blended to crumb consistency only do not over blend in mixer it will happen quickly about 1 - 3 minutes depending on how soft your butter is in the beginning.
  • Note: I use cold butter for the crumble mixture. We like like this date crumble very delicately browned so we don't turn the oven up to 350 Fahrenheit just keep it at 325 for 10 more minutes after the 30 minutes. I also add quite a bit more lemon and just about a 1/4 cup of dates more that are chopped and pitted that's how our family likes this cake. I also let the date mixture marry for a couple of days in the refrigerator and then reduce it somewhat on very low heat then cool for baking the cake.