Easy-as date loaf

Nutty, sweet and full of the most amazing flavour.
Delicious fresh out of the oven with plenty of butter.

If you’re looking for a delicious and easy cake to whip up this week, you’ve found a winner! This date loaf cake is made in two simple steps and the end result is absolutely beautiful. The dates and brown sugar create a lovely rich flavour that works so well with the mixed spice and hint of maple syrup throughout. If you want to add a little crunch, throw some chopped walnuts into the mix before baking in the oven. Let it cool for a about 10 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack, then slice off a piece, slather it in butter and enjoy!


  • 1 cup dried pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 60g butter, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup


1. Preheat oven to 170C/150C fan-forced. Lightly grease a 6cm-deep, 10cm x 20cm (base) loaf pan. Line base and sides with baking paper, allowing a 2cm overhang at long ends.

2. Place dates, sugar, butter, bicarbonate of soda and 1 cup cold water in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 6 to 8 minutes or until butter has melted. Bring to the boil. Remove from heat. Cool for 10 minutes.

3. Sift flour and mixed spice into a bowl. Add egg and date mixture. Fold into flour mixture. Spoon into prepared pan. Smooth surface.

4. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Prick top of loaf all over with a skewer. Drizzle with maple syrup. Stand in pan for 10 minutes or until syrup has absorbed. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Serve.


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  1. Katherine  

    I’m just wondering about walnuts – they clearly appear in the picture above, but are not mentioned in the recipe. So were they omitted (in which case how much should one add?) or is the picture not from that recipe?

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