This spicy little cake welcomes a glass of milk or cup of hot tea. The dates make this treat extremely moist and tender, so use a serrated knife to cut it.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3/4 cup chopped pitted dates
1/3 cup sliced almonds
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
To prepare cake, coat a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
Lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 2 cups flour and next 5 ingredients (through cinnamon) in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Combine 5 tablespoons butter and the next 4 ingredients (through eggs) in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moist. Stir in dates. Spoon batter into prepared pan.
To prepare topping, combine sliced almonds and remaining ingredients, stirring with a fork until blended. Sprinkle evenly over batter. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan.
Great minds think alike:) I had dates, cardamom pods & almonds I wanted to use and did a search. This cake tastes rich and comforting - yet it's healthier. I love that it's easy adapt to individual tastes. I will definitely make this again. I changed it up a bit: Used 3/4 Cup Coconut Palm Sugar and 1 Cup Copped Dates. Also, added 1/2 cup finely ground almonds to flour. I doubled the Cardamom & Cinnamon - we like lots of spice. Added a teaspoon of Lemon zest & 1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract. I used the topping but substituted an equal amount of Coconut Palm sugar. I think the topping makes the cake so pretty and it's not extremely sweet! I baked for 35 minutes in a 10" round pan and the cake came out Perfect. Moist & flavor-packed! I think this cake could even be made without an electric mixer - it's that easy! I might try it with crushed pineapple or chopped apples in place of applesauce. It's even better the next day! Thanks!
I loved this cake -- very quick and easy to make, very moist with lots of rich 'carmel' flavor. I added 1/2 tsp almond extract to the batter and used fresh dates that I buy at the local Farmers Market. I made my own applesauce -- I always have fresh apples, but never applesauce. I had no problem with the topping -- don't skip making the topping as it adds a nice crunch and flavor.
This was really good! I substituted applesauce for half the butter and used homemade chunky applesauce. I didn't make the topping, I just sprinkled the 1/3 c. almonds on top. I cut the sugar to 1/2 c. Next time, I think I would add 1-2 tsp almond extract to the batter.
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