Don’t-worry-about-it Date Cake

This is one of those many tea cakes that I like with low sweet taste, but definitely able to satisfy the sweet tooth.  Some would argue that is is healthy, but more than that it provides a warm comforting taste reminiscent of the holidays.  Goes with everything and a cinch to make.  Looks more complicated than it is, which is ideal for the last minute guests coming over for a quick visit.


1 hour



Good For:

  • Low sweet, but satisfying dessert
  • Quick mashup of ingredients
  • Not the lowest on calories but healthier than most sweets


  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of pitted dates
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • ¼ cup of oil
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ cup of mixed nuts (almonds, pistachios, walnuts or any other mix)

Kitchen things you’ll need:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Loaf pan or bundt cake pan (the donut shaped one)
  • Mixer or hand mixer

Making it:

  • Soak the pitted dates in water for about 15 to 20min
  • Preheat oven to 175°C (350°F)
  • Mix all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder) into a large bowl and mix.
  • Add the wet ingredients (oil and milk) and the 2 eggs one at a time and mix, then add the soaked dates.
  • Adjust the amount of nuts to preference, and you can either process them into small bits or keep them chunky and add them as is into the mix.
  • Grease up the baking pan and pour the entire mix in, ensure that the inside is fully cooked after about 35min with a toothpick down the centre.
  • When done either top with powdered sugar, cinnamon or both.


  • You can add a pinch of nutmeg, cloves, and/or cardamom to the pix to give it more spice and warmth; even saffron for a more luxurious flavour.
  • As an alternative you can top with a little bit of diluted tahini sauce (with water) or honey and add more nuts on top. 
  • You can also serve this well as a hot cake with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

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