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Sticky Date Cake

Sticky Date Cake

I love this for dessert, or afternoon tea or morning tea or… well, you get the idea!  You can serve it hot with yummy caramel sauce or cold with lashings of butter and a cuppa.

What You Need:

  • 250g pitted dates
  • 1 teaspoon bi-carb soda
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups self raising flour

Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 300ml thickened cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 60 butter

What You Need To Do:

First of all, preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius and grease a 22cm base cake tin.  Roughly chop the dates, sampling many as you go!, and put them into a bowl with the bicarb and pour over the boiling water.  Let this stand for 20 minutes or so.

Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla, using an electric mixer, until pale and creamy.  This is the part that the kids always want to dip their fingers in even though you tell them that it is just butter!  Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.  In a larger bowl, sift the flour and fold in the dates and the butter mix.  Mix well so it is all combined.

Pour the mix into the cake tin and bake for about 30 to 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Making the caramel sauce is really easy!  Put all the ingredients into a saucepan over medium heat and cook until the sugar dissolves and then let it boil.  Reduce the heat to medium low and let simmer for a couple of minutes.  Do not be tempted to taste it at this stage, even though it looks delectable, – cos its really hot!!  Let it sit for 5 minutes and then serve it with the cake and some whipped cream or icecream!