Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
12 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)

Coat the bottom and sides of the pan with cooking spray so this pudding-like date and coconut cake doesn't stick.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

To prepare cake, combine first 5 ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and let stand 10 minutes or until dates are tender.

Step 3

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Stir in date mixture, granulated sugar, vanilla, and egg until well combined. Pour batter into a 9-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

Step 4

To prepare topping, combine brown sugar and remaining ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 1 minute. Pour brown sugar mixture over cake; bake at 350° for an additional 13 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes on a wire rack. Run a knife around outside edge. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Chef's Notes

Prepare the topping while the cake bakes in step 3.

Ratings & Reviews

jmaupin's Review

January 16, 2012
Delicious, have made this cake 5 or 6 times to rave reviews! Recommend adding dash of cardamom to the dry ingredients and splash of rum to the topping.

sam1979's Review

January 09, 2012

BBQchick's Review

December 18, 2011

JRankin's Review

October 02, 2011
This was awesome! I doubled the topping amount and spooned it on as it was a little thick but it turned out amazing. All of my guests asked for seconds! I will make again.

kbauer2's Review

June 29, 2010
This is fabulous and sure to wow your guests! I have made this 4 times now, and everyone raved about it. For the topping I recommend increasing the amount of coconut to 3/4 cup and substituting 2 teaspoons rum instead of milk. Then use a little milk or half and half to thin out the topping to make it easier to spread on cake. Delicious!

hagrant2's Review

February 15, 2009
I followed the directions exactly and the cake came out great! It was a big hit with company.

olielove's Review

February 15, 2009
Amazing! Replaces our former high calorie date pudding cake we made every Christmas and is every bit as good. In fact I'll make it more often now that it's no longer a guilty pleasure dessert.

elishapisha's Review

February 09, 2009
This was wonderful! I was a little worried that the cake wouldn't have a lot of flavor since there wasn't any cinnamon or other spices in the batter, but it was wonderful. The cake balanced out the sweetness of the topping, and the dates kept the cake very moist. Several friends also had a slice over coffee and raved!

carolfitz's Review

January 04, 2009
We were surprised that the dates virtually melted-away in the finished "puddinglike" cake. Rich, buttery, and different from what we usually try for dessert. Small serving size needed to keep the calories down.

cook1book's Review

January 03, 2009
This was so fabulous. My husband remembers a recipe his mother used to make as a kid. He raved and raved. People thought there was chocolate in it. Extremely moist and be sure to have a good cup of coffe with it. It was very easy to throw together, however there was not enough coconut frosting for the whole cake. I wondered if i did somehting wrong, but I just started in the center and moved it out as far as I could with out ruining the cake DEfinitely a keeper and wonderful for special occasions!