Date and Walnut Cake

An easy date and walnut cake with a broiled topping. This old fashioned cake recipe is delicious with a dollop of whipped cream.

Broiled topping cakes don’t often get the credit they deserve. You’ll rarely find them going viral on Pinterest, but you’ll always find a few recipes tucked away in an old church cookbook.

That’s where I found this orange raisin cake, amish cake and oatmeal cake. They all have broiled toppings that melt into the cake, making it moist and tender.

This date and walnut cake is no different. Don’t skip the topping. It’s an extra step, but it totally makes the cake!

A close up of a piece of cake on a plate with one bite missing, with Nut and Whipped cream

Walnut Date Cake

Walnuts + Dates = Delicious cake! This cake also has raisins in it which make it extra special. It’s tender, full of flavor. We don’t add any extra spices, but if you want it to have a Christmas flair, add cinnamon and nutmeg.

I love that this cake makes a small snack size cake. You won’t have tons of leftovers to tempt you!

Should you plump raisins before baking?

Is it 100% necessary to plump raisins before baking? Maybe not. But most baked goods with raisins will taste better if you plump the raisins in hot water first.

Raisins will absorb water in baking, so it’s better if you soak them first rather than have them absorbing liquid from your cake.

Boiling the raisins lightly for 5 minutes works best. You can also boil water, pour the water over the raisins and allow the raisins to sit for 10-15 minutes. Either way works!

baked walnut date cake in a pan

How to Make Date Cake at Home

This cake only takes a few minutes to whip up. Remember to allow the raisins and dates to soak in the water first.

We bake this cake in a 9×9 cake pan. You can bake it in an 8×8 pan or in a round cake pan, but you’ll have to watch the baking time.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan.
  • In a saucepan, combine water and raisins. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in chopped dates and baking soda. Set aside.
dates softening in water with baking soda
  • In a large bowl, cream together ½ cup butter and ¾ cup white sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
mixing egg into creamed butter
  • Beat in the flour, salt and date mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan.
softened dates in cake batter
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove cake from oven, and set oven to low broil.
unbaked date walnut cake

Broiled Topping

When you make a cake with a broiled topping, you’ll bake the cake, and heat the topping separately. Here’s how to do it:

sugar nuts and butter in a saucepan
  • In a saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter.
  • Stir in brown sugar, cream and chopped nuts. Whisk together until well mixed.
  • Spread mixture over warm cake and place under broiler until lightly browned, about 1-3 minutes.

Watch it closely! It can burn easily under the broiler. Don’t ask me how I know.

overhead view of date walnut cake with glaze

How to Store Date Cake

This cake is safe to store at room temperature for about 3 days. After that, freeze any leftovers.

Can you freeze date cake?

Yes! This cake will freeze well. Just make sure it is in an airtight container. Allow the cake to defrost completely before opening the container. This will keep the cake moist.

slice of date walnut cake on a plate

Other Cakes with Raisins

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Date and Walnut Cake

5 from 1 vote
An easy date and walnut cake with a broiled topping. This old fashioned cake recipe is delicious with a dollop of whipped cream.
Servings 12
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes

Ingredients
 

For the cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cups raisins
  • 3/4 cup dates (pitted and chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the topping:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions
 

Make the cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan.
  • In a saucepan, combine water and raisins. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in chopped dates and baking soda. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together ½ cup butter and ¾ cup white sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour, salt and date mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove cake from oven, and set oven to low broil.

Make the Topping:

  • In a saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter. Stir in brown sugar, cream and chopped nuts. Whisk together until well mixed.
  • Spread mixture over warm cake and place under broiler until lightly browned, about 1-3 minutes. Watch it closely! It can burn easily under the broiler.
  • Allow the cake to cool.
  • Serve with whipped cream.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 12 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 261mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 441IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 340
Keyword 9×9 cake, date cake, easy cake recipe, easy fruit cake

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slice of date walnut cake on a plate with a bite out

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5 stars
Perfect cake. Rich, satisfying, crunchy. Love it

5 stars
Made this cake for my husband on his birthday today and it’s so good. Can’t wait to see how the taste improves over the next few days. I used, raisins, dates, dried apricots and figs.