Date and Walnut Cake with no butter and no sugar


Date and Walnut Cake with no butter, oil or processed sugar

‘So many who have made my date cake were very pleased with the result. It is simple, straightforward with no added processed sugar or butter.’ 

You will need:

125g chopped dates
100g dried mixed fruit of your choice
200ml warm water
125g self raising flour
200g walnuts
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
Pinch mixed spice
Zest and juice of two tangerines or one orange
Zest of half a lemon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder or 1 tablespoon apple organic vinegar
1 tablespoon finely chopped nuts of your choice

dates by deyma 1

Dates by Deyma, simply the best

Soak the dates in the water. Prepare a cake tin covered with baking paper.
Mix the dates and water together.
Add the self raising flour and baking powder, then add all the other ingredients and stir without over mixing.
Pour the batter into the cake tin,
Bake at 180C for 35 minutes.
Allow to cool before taking out of the tin.

‘Lea’s tip:  Do not overmix’

My dates come from Good Earth and Deyma, self raising flour from St Georges Brand, cinnamon, vanilla and spices by Schwartz, dried fruit and nuts by Good Earth


10 thoughts on “Date and Walnut Cake with no butter and no sugar

  1. Wonderful cake, thank you!!
    Also- somehow even though I reduced the water and dates it turned out very sweet and moist (cooked for over an hour and still very moist), which is also surprising because I used spelt flour and not AP flour.


    • I chop the dates roughly and pour hot water over them. The consistency varies depending on the type of dates you use. I do not like to puree them to keep the texture and colour of the cake light. Then simply add them to the liquid ingredients before folding them into the flour mix.


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