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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Moist Chocolate Date Cake


This has got to be the nicest of cakes. The aroma, as it is cooking, reminds me of Christmas.

With the use of nutmeg and cinnamon. I used my new bundt tin, and it was very easy to get out of the tin, once it was cooled. I put a drizzle of Chocolate icing on mine and served it with double cream.

Moist Chocolate Date Cake

Ingredients
2 cups coarsely chopped dates 2 cups water 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1/3 cup baking cocoa 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 250g butter 1 1/2 cups Chelsea Dark Cane Sugar 1 vanilla bean pod, sliced in half 4 eggs, lightly beaten 1 1/2 cups plain four1 cup self raising flourMethod
Preheat oven to 180º C conventional or 160ºC. Grease 24cm bundt pan.
Combine dates and water in saucepan; bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 5 minutes. Take from heat and stir in bicarbonate of soda, cocoa, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside to cool for 30 minutes.
Beat butter and dark cane sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape seeds from inside vanilla bean and add to creamed mixture.
Add eggs gradually, beating well between each addition. Sift combined flour twice and fold into mixture with date mixture.
Pour into prepared pan and bake for 1 - 1 hour 10 minutes or until skewer comes out clean. Stand cake for 10 minutes in pan then turn onto cooling rack. Slice and enjoy drizzled with Spiced Custard.

15 comments:

JillyB said...

Sal, this cake looks really yummy.

Rhyleysgranny said...

Mouthwatering Sal.Looks great. I love the colour of your blog
xxx

culinarytravelsofakitchengoddess said...

Absolutely gorgeous Sal, I don't suppose there is any left for me?
xxx

Vicky (victoria sponge) said...

Looks so moist and delicious! Vicky xxx

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Looks so rich and yummy! I aldo love pink by the way...

Kerry said...

This cake looks amazing Sal.

jaygirl said...

That cake looks absolutely yummy, I can nearly smell it from here.

Rita XX

Half Baked said...

so pretty, I love the dripping chocolate. I've made a cake similar cake and the dates keep it so moist. Yumm

Maria said...

Sally this is one gorgeous cake!!

Maria
x

foodies said...

This is one is my weakness when it comes to food...Whoa!! makes me drool...I want it to melt in my mouth..

diva@theSugarBar said...

wow, that's gotta be something i'd kill to have.

Nickki said...

Looks so delicious Sally. I love the look of the icing! xxx

Anonymous said...

Well done Sal,i'll try my bundt tin now. Looks lovely.
Congratulations on the blog too. Very nice.
Kerryannexxx

Rosie said...

This is mouth-watering good Sally!

Rosie x

Anonymous said...

Hi Sally, this cake looks and sounds like the sort of cake I like to eat, so I'm off to make it this morning. Your blog is gorgeous, love all the pink!! Jen x