Sticky Toffee Date Cake

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A number of months ago I wrote about the builders getting through mounds of cake while fixing my snag list and my foolproof 175 cake. recipe which can be adapted for a range of ingredients and had received many compliments

What I didn’t say was that one of the greatest compliments came for a cake I had not even baked. A super sticky date cake made by Nicks mum. I seem to be surrounded by talented multitasking women, not only can my mum throw together a spread to feed a 30 piece South African girls choir – before participating in a choir workshop and performance with them.

Nick’s mums specialty is desserts, rum and raisin ice cream so alcoholic it could take down Keith Richards , triple layer chocolate torte & bakewell pudding. So I should have known the cake was good, but the roofers declared it the Best Cake they had ever eaten and it really is
super sticky from the outset it’s hard to believe that the little toffee bites are actually relatively healthy dates. I am not promising this can count as your five a day but it is pretty virtuous working

Combining recipes from  The English Kitchen and my 175 recipe I have come up with this no-fail recipe for a cake that is  great cold but can also be heated through a served with cold cream for sticky toffee-pudding. It will be the cake I take into hospital for the Midwives on the delivery ward

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Sticky Date Cake

200g of dried dates
275ml of boilng water
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
175g soft light brown sugar
150g  butter, room temperature
3 eggs, beaten
175g ounces self raising flour

  1. Pour the boiling water over three-quarters of the dates
  2. Leave to soak for 30 minutes
  3. Preheat the oven to 175degC
  4. Blending together the butter , sugar and the soaked dates ( incliding the soaking water)
  5. Add the eggs and finally stir in the self raising flour and bicarbonate of soda
  6. Finally stir in the remaining unsoaked dates
  7. Pour into a 30cm square lined cake tin
  8. Bake for 40 minutes until firm to the touch
  9. Allow to cool , cut into squares and serve

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12 Responses to Sticky Toffee Date Cake

  1. Lester Fontayne says:

    I have a kilo of dried dates to use up so I’ll be giving this a go. Thanks. But is your version as good as Nick’s mum’s? And if it isn’t, can we have her recipe, too? ;o)

    And a 30cm square cake tin seems huge for the amount of ingredients you’ve listed. That’s the equivalent of a 35cm round tin! Yikes!!

  2. Ruth says:

    It looks amazing. My next dinner party is going to include this!

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  5. katytruss says:

    Thanks for this recipe – mine is in the oven right now and smells amazing!!

  6. nic says:

    This turned out amazing, I just added a syrup to it to make it extra moist after it had cooked. Delicious thank you

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  8. Lester Fontayne says:

    In step 4 do you mean in a blender or with a spoon?

  9. Jenny says:

    Just taken this out of the oven, and it’s absolutely great. Has absorbed almost a quarter of the kilo box of dates I was randomly given last night. And you’re right – the pieces of dates taste like toffee, but with more interesting depth. Thanks!

  10. Grace says:

    Love it

  11. susana says:

    It’s on the oven right now!
    Can’t wait to try it! Thank you!!!!!!! :D

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