This is a classic English dessert and is an absolute favourite of mine. A moist and light date sponge is served warm with a simple toffee sauce. I think it's even better with a bit of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top too!
Preheat the oven to 350F, grease and flour a 7 x 10-inch baking dish.
Soak the dates in boiling water for 15 minutes to soften. Drain and blend until you get a smooth paste.
Add the date paste to a large bowl along with the dark brown sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, milk and salt. Stir together with a whisk until smooth. Add the baking powder, baking soda and flour. Stir until just smooth.
Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Meanwhile make the sauce:
Place the sugar, butter and half of the cream into a pot. Place over a medium heat and stir until it comes to the boil. Turn the heat down to medium low and let the mixture simmer for 2-3 minutes until smooth and slightly thickened. Take off the heat and stir in the remaining cream.
Cut the cake into 8 portions and serve warm with the warm toffee sauce. You can add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream as well.