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.

Recipe by Southern Living December 2001


Recipe Summary

Makes 10 servings


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  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.