Cake & Cookie Recipes > Date and Walnut Cake

How to make date and walnut cake:
A big, fruity, nutty cake. The cake is bursting with flavour and texture and the icing is rich and smooth and flavoured with coffee the flavour that goes so well with walnuts.


6oz butter
6oz soft brown sugar
8oz all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
2oz chopped walnuts
8oz chopped stoned dates
2 tablespoons milk

for icing:

2oz butter
3 tablespoons milk
8oz icing/confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon coffee essence
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- Sieve together the flour and baking powder.
- Cream the butter and sugar until light in colour and fluffy in texture.
- Add the eggs to the creamed mixture one at a time adding a little flour after each egg.
- Beat well.
- Add the rest of the flour.
- Add the walnuts, dates and, milk.
- Mix well to a dropping consistency.
- Put into a round, greased, 7 inch cake tin.
- Bake at 170oC 1 1/2 hours.
- Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
- Turn onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

To make the icing:

- Put all the icing ingredients into a basin.
- Place over a saucepan of hot water.
- Stir over the water until the mixture is smooth.
- Remove from the heat.
- Beat until thick.
- Spread onto the cake.