Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro
16 servings

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

To prepare cake, coat a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Ratings & Reviews

bakinbabe's Review

January 20, 2014
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!

portland's Review

February 28, 2011
the topping on this cake is particularly good. the applesauce makes it nice and moist and everything mixes together quickly.

dory92064's Review

October 28, 2009
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.

noreenj's Review

March 05, 2009
I didn't care for this recipe although I like all the individual components. It seemed dry and didn't rise very much for me. Cakes, However, are not my best suite!

Annelisa's Review

January 22, 2009
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.