Cardamom and Date Cake Recipe

Today I am sharing the recipe to the most delicious cake I have ever had. I love the taste of dates, Cardamom and cinnamon together in this cake.  I first tried it at a charity cake sale when my brilliant friend Tom made it. Since then, I have made it many times, and friends and colleagues seem to really enjoy it. The original recipe was taken from a cook book but Tom could not remember its name.

dates cake


175g pitted dates

1 freshly squeezed lemon juice

200g unsalted butter

225g light muscovado sugar ( I sometimes use just normal powder sugar)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons of crushed cardamom seeds (use pestle and mortar)

200g whole meal rye flour (can buy in Holland and Barretts) ( I also sometimes use normal ordinary flour)


  1. Put the dates in 200ml of water on low heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until soft. Stir in lemon juice and mix well until like a paste and then leave to cool.
  2. Set oven to 175C (325f/gas mark 3)
  3. Put the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and cream together (best with electric whisk) until fluffy and toffee like. Stir in the vanilla extract. Then add the eggs one at a time, whisking well.
  4. In separate bowl sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda and add the spices, then fold into the egg mixture. Then fold in the date paste until all is well combined
  5. Spoon the mixture into a prepared cake tin and smooth the top.
  6. Bake in oven for around fifty minutes, then Leave to cool for about 15 minutes before taking it out of the tin.

I sometimes sprinkle icing sugar on the top for a better presentation. Given that the cake has dates in it, it wont rise very high. So do not be surprised. And enjoy the heavenly taste!!!

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