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Sunday, 11 January 2015

Eggless Dates Cake

Eggless Dates Cake


Dates Cake - This is the cake I baked for my Neha's 2nd birthday. This is the cake that was enjoyed by my SIL who never likes any other flavour other than chocolate when it comes to cakes and ice cream. And to top it all, my hubby liked it. He doesn't like cakes at all. Even in a party, he just takes a small piece unlike me where I will be gobbling :) To get a thumbs up from him means this is a winner recipe!!!
Some cakes are enjoyed by selected people only. For instance, Chocolate cakes are so special for chocolate lovers like me...But this cake is so special....It will be loved by everyone. In Our family ( where most of them enjoy different taste ) this is one of the dishes that is liked by all.
The buttery flavour and the richness that comes from milkmaid ,with just enough sweetness can win anyone's heart. The walnuts add little crunch and the date pieces tie all the different flavours together. Even without any icing you will be having a really hard time to stop you from grabbing the next piece.

Eggless Dates Cake



Eggless Dates Cake Recipe

Eggless Dates Cake
Soft, Rich and Moist Dates Cake with nice little crunch from Walnuts.
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Yield: 1 8 * 8 pan ( 16 squares )
Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour - 2 cups + for dusting the pan
Baking Powder - 1 tsp
Baking Soda - 2 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Butter - 3/4 cup ( room temperature )
Oil - 1/4 cup + for greasing
Milkmaid - 1 tin ( 400 g )
Powdered Sugar - 5 tbsp
Vanilla essence - 1 tbsp
Milk - 1 cup
Dates - 15 ( finely chopped )
Walnut - 1/3 cup
METHOD:
1) Preheat oven to 190 C for 10 minutes. Sieve flour, baking powder and baking soda and keep in a bowl. Add salt to it and mix well ( As my sieve is super fine, I don't sieve salt together with the rest of dry ingredients ) Keep this aside.
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2) Add 1 tbsp flour to the chopped dates. Mix well and keep that aside. ( This ensures that the dates distributes evenly in the batter )  In a separate bowl take room temperature butter.
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3) Beat the butter until light and creamy ( about a minute ). Then add the powdered sugar and beat until fluffy ( about 1 to 2 minutes ) Next add the condensed milk.
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4) Add the oil and vanilla essence and beat lightly until all gets mixed together. Now in batches, alternatively add the dry ingredients and milk starting and ending with dry ingredients ( this step ensures that the batter stays creamy without curdling )
First mix 1/3 rd of the dry ingredients ( From this point you can beat lightly with your beater or just use your spatula to mix )
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5)  Add 1/2 cup milk beat once, followed by the next 1/3 rd of the dry ingredients. Mix in the remaining 1/2 cup milk.
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6) Finally add the last 1/3 rd batch of dry ingredients and mix until all gets incorporated. Take care not to over mix or over beat the batter. Fold in the dates and walnuts ( reserve some walnuts for topping )
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7) Pour the batter in the prepared ( greased with oil / butter and dusted with flour) baking pans. Bake at 190 C for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted at the centre comes out clean. My 8 x 6 pan was not enough to hold the whole batter, so I used to muffins pans too. The Muffins were ready in 22 minutes.
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That's it .... Dates cake is ready to enjoy!!

Eggless Dates Cake

NOTES:
1) You can replace half of the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour too. My SIL has made this cake with 100% whole wheat flour too ( The taste was very good but slightly different flavour ) Try the one which you will like.
2) Make sure your butter is at room temperature.
3) Don't beat the batter at high speed while adding dry ingredients.
4) The final batter should be very creamy.
5) Don't skip the walnuts as they add very nice texture to the cake.
6) Don't let the final batter let standby, bake immediately.

Eggless Dates Cake

Sending this to Nupur's What's with my cuppa?? event

Cheers, 
Sindhiya.S

37 comments:

  1. Delicious and soft cake. Like the combination of walnut and dates...

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  2. yum! thanks for sharing and I do have dates in the fridge. hmm.

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  3. This cake looks so moist and delicious - I just adore dates! I can see why everyone would like another piece. Very nice :)

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  4. SO tempting, I want to have a big bite right now!

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  5. delicious and soft cake, looks very yummy..

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  6. cake is looking so soft and yummy.. i shall try these.. love dates

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  7. I love dates! This cake look amazing!

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  8. Yummy dates cake. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. It looks so delicate and yummy, Sindhiya. For some reason I just never think to add dates to cake. I must try it at least once!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  10. very healthy cake recipe, looks so soft and yummy!!!

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  11. What a gloriously moist cake :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  12. Super soft & delicious cake......perfect for this winter.
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  13. I love dates and your cake looks so moist and delicious. I know I would love it!

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  14. Delicious eggless cake looks perfect.

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  15. Oh I can imagine how delicious this will be! Looks moist and soft...would love to try out this recipe!

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  16. Dates cake is one of my fav fruit cake.,this sounds rich, moist and delicious...nice :)

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  17. looks super soft, spongy and yummy!!

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  18. Soft, spongy and delicious cake, very beautifully explained.

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  19. Very Spongy and Delicious Cake! Pinned it!

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  20. That looks truly delicious!!!Bookmarked!!!

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  21. Soft and moist cake.....looks so delicious.... :)

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  22. Yumm, Dates are my favorite to add to cakes these days. Yours looks nice, soft and spongy

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  23. Hahaha..BIL liking a cake is a wonder, so hi5 for tat sis.
    "Pics are wow
    cake is soft
    texture is gud and
    dates are cool
    altogether is a boom!!" Nice one sis..

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  24. I liked the color of the cake. The golden yellow inside with brown edges makes it stand out.

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  25. Hi,
    Just wondering why all the dates are at the bottom instead of being dispersed throughout the middle of the cake?

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  26. Also, can I make it in a 9 inch round cake pan, i dont have a 8 by 8 inch pan. If I can, by how much do I need to increase the cooking time to make sure the cake is well cooked but does not go hard?

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  27. Also, can I make it in a 9 inch round cake pan, i dont have a 8 by 8 inch pan. If I can, by how much do I need to increase the cooking time to make sure the cake is well cooked but does not go hard?

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    1. Hi Kinsa! I am really sorry for the late reply. Yes, you can bake it in a 9 inch round pan. The temperature is the same and the timing will be more or less same. It's best to check 10 minutes earlier.

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  28. Hi, I made this cake last week and it sure turned out lovely. Very soft and the perfect balance of sweetness. The cake is extremely soft. There are two things I would advise to those baking the cake-
    1) the cooking time is around 40 to 45 mins but make sure that half way down the cooking time, you turn the cake pan around the other side so that one side is not more brown than the other and to ensure even cooking
    2)if you are using large medjool dates which is what I used, you could probably use a little less than 15 dates, say about 10 dates.

    Otherwise, thank you so much for such a delicious cake recipe, would definitely bake again. :-)

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    1. Thank you for a wonderful comment Kinsa! I am very glad that you liked the cake. And thank you so much for your tips.

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