Sunday, January 15, 2017

Date and Walnut Loaf Cake for an easy Afternoon Tea

Enjoy this Loaf Cake still warm out of the oven with a cuppa, or it will keep fresh for a few days in your cake tin, if it lasts that long. It has always been called a Loaf, mainly I think because it is traditionally baked in a loaf size tin. However, I have added cocoa powder to this recipe for more depth of colour and warmth of flavour, I have bypassed the step of cooking the dates, wet ingredients and bi-carb soda in a saucepan on the stove, it is too hot after all to be slaving over a hot stove more than is needed and it takes longer, and I think this all warrants a renaming of this classic masterpiece to a Loaf Cake. If biscuits can now be cookies, this can now be a cake.

However, leave out the cocoa powder, add a few more walnuts and you will capture the more earthy and nutty flavour of the walnuts and dates. I like recipes with options, don't you?

Golden syrup, walnuts and dates are staples in my pantry cupboard, and as such this Loaf Cake can be baked very quickly when required.

Enjoy your afternoon tea and happy Sunday dear friends.

Preheat your oven to a moderate temperature 180 deg. C. Bake for 30 minutes.


1 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup white or brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 teaspoon Bicarbonate soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 cups S.R. Flour
1 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon Golden Syrup
1 egg
60 g softened butter (or 2 tablespoons)
2 teaspoons mixed spice
1 dessertspoon Cocoa for a darker cake (optional)


  • Put chopped dates, sugar, bicarbonate of soda, salt, golden syrup, butter, and walnuts in a mixing bowl.
  • Add boiling water and mix well. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes.
  • Then add beaten egg, followed by the sifted flour, mixed spice and cocoa.
  • Cook in a moderate oven in a greased and lined loaf or ring tin for 30 minutes.
Thanks for dropping by,

Warmest wishes,


An original recipe by Pauline @ Happy Retirees Kitchen


  1. Made it.

    made it.

    1. Thanks so much for letting me know, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I must make this one again.

  2. I have a craving for a date loaf and trying your recipe today

    1. Bronwyn I hope you enjoyed this loaf. thanks so much for letting me know. Take care, Pauline


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