Date Cake

Catherine Cappiello Pappas


This is a perfect and delicious cake for the holidays.


★★★★★ 2 votes

10 Min
25 Min


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    for date cake:
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    1 cup dried pitted dates
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    ¼ cup brown sugar
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    1 cup white sugar
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    5 tablespoons butter
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    1 apple, cored and sliced
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    ¼ cup yogurt
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    1 1/3 cup ap flower
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    4 teaspoons instant espresso powder
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    2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
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    ½ teaspoon baking soda
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    4 large eggs
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    1-2 tablespoons milk
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    for espresso swirled buttercream frosting:
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    1 cup confectioner’s sugar
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    4 tablespoons softened butter plus 1 tablespoon, melted
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    2 ½ teaspoons instant espresso powder (dissolved in 1 tablespoon boiling water)
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    3 tablespoons brown sugar
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    1 teaspoon ap flour

How to Make Date Cake


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 8 inch cake pans and set aside.

    In your food processor, blitz dates and sugars. Add butter, apple, and yogurt until a smooth batter forms.

    Next, add in the flour, espresso powder, baking soda, baking powder and eggs. Finally, add the milk, pouring it down the funnel with the motor still running. The result should be a very smooth and light batter, so add more milk if need be.

    Divide the batter evenly between the two cake pans and bake for about 25 minutes or until the cakes have risen and set in the center.

    Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

    In a large bowl, whisk together confectioner's sugar, 4 tablespoons softened butter and instant espresso. Set aside. In a small, microwaveable bowl, melt a knob of butter. Let cool slightly then add brown sugar and flour, mix until smooth.

    Place 1 cake upside down on your cake stand or serving plate and spread with about 1/2 the icing. Place the second cake, right side up and cover the top with the remaining icing. Drizzle the brown sugar mixture over the entire cake to create a marbleized pattern.

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About Date Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Hashtags: #date, #dates, #autumn, #espresso

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