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Orange Date-Nut Cake

Yield Makes 10 servings
Orange date nut cake is the perfect holiday dessert. Citrus brings a brightness to the dessert, while the sugared dates add sweetness and pecans for crunch.


  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 4 cups sugar, divided
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 (8-ounce) package chopped sugared dates
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange rind, divided
  • 1 cup orange juice

How to Make It

  1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

  2. Combine flour and baking soda; add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in dates, pecans, and 2 teaspoons orange rind. Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan.

  3. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

  4. Bring orange juice, remaining sugar, and remaining rind to a boil in a saucepan; cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute.

  5. Run a knife around edge of cake gently; punch holes in cake with a wooden pick. Drizzle glaze over warm cake. Let cool in pan on a wire rack.