• Cooking spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 3/4 cup dates, chopped & pitted
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • OR
  • egg substitute/ banana/ flax seeds etc. (see link below)
  • Topping -
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds or walnuts
  • 1-2 tbsp brown sugar

Date Cake – Snack Happy

My relative and her family seen us over the weekend for what was expected to be brunch, but ended up being lupper (supper + lunch) instead! Later, on an impulse we chose to bake a cake for tea. My tiny niece likes baking so it was nice to recruit her in the task as well.

I came across this recipe a few months back and have made this cake so many times since then that I can probably make it in my snooze. Though I assure you, I wouldn’t choose to bake during those precious hours.

It is a snack cake – not too sweet or rich. The cardamom and brown sugar give it a very Indian sweet-like taste. The recipe is very flexible. I have made it without eggs, added walnuts instead of almonds and replaced vanilla extract with rose essence and it still obliged with great taste.

So with my niece helping out with measuring the ingredients and my cousin helping out with eating the dates. So try this recipe at home at enjoy with tastymaza.com

Directions or Instructions

1. First you need to Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

2. Second we take Spoon 2 cups flour into measuring cup and level with a knife. Combine flour with baking powder, soda, salt and spices. Mix then make a well in the center.

3. Now we put Sugar, Cream butter, vanilla and applesauce in a mixing bowl. Mix oil, water and baking powder in another bowl (or eggs if using) and add to mixture. Whisk thoroughly until well blended (use a hand blender if you have one). Add to flour and stir until just moist.

4. Toss in the dates and spoon batter into prepared pan. Mix almonds with sugar and sprinkle evenly over top of cake. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a tester inserted in centre comes clean.

Consensus – The grownups loved the cake… it’s perfect with tea or coffee and makes a filling snack. My niece said the softened dates tasted like choc chips and wanted to bake it again so that was positive feedback I think!

Note:  1 egg = 1 1/2 tbsp oil + 1 1/2 tbsp water + 1 tsp baking powder. Mix only when ready to use. You can use this for all 3 eggs or use half a banana for added flavor like I did (tastes better).

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