Date Cake

By Manal Massoud  

June 11, 2016

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This light and flavorful cake recipe makes around 16 pieces and is great for baking in smaller, individual pans for a planned number of guests. The natural sweetness of the dates also means there is no added sugar to this minimalist and delicious dessert creation!



1 1/2 cups Dates, pitted

1 cup Water, boiling

1 tsp Baking soda

1/2 cup Vegetable oil

2 1/2 cups Flour

2 tsp Baking powder

1/2 cup Skimmed milk

4 Eggs, whisked

1 tsp Vanilla extract

1/2 cup Walnuts, coarsely chopped

1 tbsp Cocoa powder


Soak the dates with the baking soda in boiled water for an hour.

Bring mixture to a boil for a few minutes on the stove.

Whisk eggs with vanilla and oil and add to date mixture.

Add flour, cocoa and baking powder alternatively with the milk.

Roast the walnuts with a tablespoon of flour on the stove then add to batter.

Pour mixture in a lined baking sheet or cake mold.

Bake until cake rises and cooked through.

Garnish with dark chocolate, walnuts and dates to taste.

Manal is a self-taught cook who draws inspiration from her diverse Middle Eastern background, her family of six and globally iconic chefs like Nigella Lawson, Houreyya Zannoun and Martha Stewart. She hosts cooking classes and has her own website featuring her whole range of recipes. Her food philosophy is, “When baking follow the recipe, but when cooking, follow your heart”. See what Manal’s up to in the kitchen and get in touch with her at