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Kindness Cake

From the November 2002 issue of Canadian Living Magazine: In January 2001, in honour of the United Nations International Decade for the Culture of Peace, Monica Mueller of Burnaby BC started a progam that provides cakes for conferences and cultural events that focus on developing kindness. The cakes hark back to many cultures with their traditional ingredients (almonds, from the Jewish mandelbrot; dates, eaten to break the fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan; cranberries, from the cuisine of Canada's native peoples). She hopes that on World Kindness Day (Nov. 13) people will make these cakes and--in the spirit of kindness--give one away. Well, Recipezaar members -- are we up for that?! :-)

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F; line 2 8x4 loaf pans with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar until mixture is fluffy.
  • Next, beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then stir in orange rind.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda and powder, and salt.
  • Stir dry mixture into butter mixture alternately with buttermilk (dry, buttermilk, dry, buttermilk, finally dry).
  • Into this batter, stir in dates, cranberries and almonds just until combined.
  • Scrape batter into the two prepared loaf pans and bake in the centre of preheated oven until a tester comes out clean, about 75 minutes.
  • Turn out onto cooling racks and cool completely.
  • You could now wrap cakes in heavyduty foil and freeze for up to one month, if you wish.
  • To make icing, beat butter with just 1/4 cup of the icing sugar, then beat in orange juice.
  • Beat in remaining sugar until icing is smooth.
  • Spread icing over tops of both cakes.
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"From the November 2002 issue of Canadian Living Magazine: In January 2001, in honour of the United Nations International Decade for the Culture of Peace, Monica Mueller of Burnaby BC started a progam that provides cakes for conferences and cultural events that focus on developing kindness. The cakes hark back to many cultures with their traditional ingredients (almonds, from the Jewish mandelbrot; dates, eaten to break the fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan; cranberries, from the cuisine of Canada's native peoples). She hopes that on World Kindness Day (Nov. 13) people will make these cakes and--in the spirit of kindness--give one away. Well, Recipezaar members -- are we up for that?! :-)"
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  1. Sydney Mike
    ABSOLUTELY ENJOYED MAKING THIS CAKE (not to mention eating it)! Really liked the combo of nuts, dates & orange (used a very rounded measure of the orange zest in the batter)! Definitely a winning recipe, & a keeper, too! Thanks for sharing it! [Made & reviewed in Healthy Choices tag]
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  2. moxie
    I really loved the concept of this cake, and that drew me in. However, I wasn't sure it would be a favorite from reading the ingredients -- I expected a heavy, dense cake. Boy was I wrong! This cake is light and delicate-tasting, and perfect for fall. The sweet dates are the perfect foil for the tart cranberries, and it is just delicious! I made it in a bundt pan instead of two loaf pans, and brought it to my daughter's school after I sneaked a slice. Thank you for sharing this recipe, which is sweet in more ways than one!
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  3. paulamatt
    What a beautiful idea!!!!!
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  4. Lennie
    From the November 2002 issue of Canadian Living Magazine: In January 2001, in honour of the United Nations International Decade for the Culture of Peace, Monica Mueller of Burnaby BC started a progam that provides cakes for conferences and cultural events that focus on developing kindness. The cakes hark back to many cultures with their traditional ingredients (almonds, from the Jewish mandelbrot; dates, eaten to break the fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan; cranberries, from the cuisine of Canada's native peoples). She hopes that on World Kindness Day (Nov. 13) people will make these cakes and--in the spirit of kindness--give one away. Well, Recipezaar members -- are we up for that?! :-)
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