Saturday, November 26, 2005

Date Cake

Very easy to put together, suitable for surprise entertaining. Even during CHAOS (Cannot Have Anyone Over Syndrome). Also the cake is eggless!!! It doesn't get any better :-)

Date Cake
12 dates, pitted and chopped
1 1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup oil
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda (not baking powder)
12 walnuts, chopped

To Proceed:
1. Boil the milk in a saucepan. Remove from heat.
2. Add the dates and let it stand until cool.
3. When cool put into a blender or food processor and process or blend until the dates are ground.
4. Add the oil into blender/food processor and blend/process again until incorporated and mixture becomes thick. Add sugar to the mixture in the blender/food processor and blend until incorporated.
5. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl. Seive flour and baking soda well. Fold in the flour until it is mixed well.
Note: You can at this point add a little more milk in case you find the batter a little thick. The batter should be of pouring consistency like most cake batters.
6. Pour batter into a greased baking dish and bake at 375F for 25 - 30 mins depending on your oven.

We loved this cake and ended up making it twice in one week. I bet you could try this with dried apricots, figs etc for similar results.

As an end note, keep posted for experiments on slow cookers and how slow cooking is/isn't better than regular stove top cooking for Indian cooking.


Manisha said...

GM, just wanted to tell you that I am currently suffering from CHAOS! I couldn't stop laughing..I personify CHAOS right now!!

Rashmi said...

Hi GM...
first time on this blog...found ur avocado parathas very interesting on Mahanandi...shud try that soon...
just a suggestion to your date cake...y dnt u try soaking the pitted dates in wine overnight or for 2 days???it gives a good taste...and any cake aftr it is baked if u poke small holes and pour a little orange juice or wine or diluted rum or something like that soaks it well and tastes even better too!!!

Garam Masala said...

Rashmi - Thanks for your excellent suggestions. I will try soaking dates when I make them next!

Anonymous said...


Your cake sounds interesting. But I wanted to know when the walnuts should be added??

Can I add them to the batter just before pouring into the baking dish?

Please advice.

Anonymous said...

Date cake sounds interesting. Would have been better if you could have uploadedthe photo as well. Thanks for sharing such iron rich cake.
Chk here for date halwa: