Orange Date Cake

virginia duncan


Found this tucked away in the back of Betty's personal cookbook doesn't say who it's from but the paper it was written on was old.


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20 Min
1 Hr 10 Min


  • 1 c
  • 4
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 lb
    dates, finely chopped
  • 4 c
  • 2 Tbsp
    orange rind
  • 1 c
    pecans, in pieces
  • 2 c
  • 1 1/3 c
    buttermilk or can use sweetmilk with 2 teaspoons baking powder added to it.
  • 1 c
    orange juice
  • 2 c

How to Make Orange Date Cake


  1. Cream butter and sugar, add eggs one at a time. Beat well. Add milk and flour with baking soda alternately. Add dates and nuts. Mix well.
    Bake in slow oven at 250 for about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  2. Topping: Mix 2 cups of sugar,1 cup orange juice, and orange rind. Mix well. This will sort of candy. Let stand until cake is done and then baste over hot cake a spoonful at a time until it all goes into cake.
  3. Now this doesn't mention anything about pan type or size, so I assume it's a sheet cake because it never mentions removing it from the pan before spooning on topping.

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About Orange Date Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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