STICKY DATE CAKE with TOFFEE SAUCE & WHIPPED CREAM

THIS IS THE CAKE YOU NEED TO MAKE FOR CHRISTMAS.
THIS IS THE CAKE YOU NEED TO MAKE FOR CHRISTMAS.
THIS IS THE CAKE YOU NEED TO MAKE FOR CHRISTMAS.
THIS IS THE CAKE YOU NEED TO MAKE FOR CHRISTMAS.
THIS IS THE CAKE YOU NEED TO MAKE FOR CHRISTMAS.
THIS IS THE CAKE YOU NEED TO MAKE FOR CHRISTMAS.
THIS IS THE CAKE YOU NEED TO MAKE FOR CHRISTMAS.
THIS IS THE CAKE YOU NEED TO MAKE FOR CHRISTMAS.
THIS IS THE CAKE YOU NEED TO MAKE FOR CHRISTMAS.
THIS IS THE CAKE YOU NEED TO MAKE FOR CHRISTMAS.

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STICKY DATE CAKE with TOFFEE SAUCE & WHIPPED CREAM

for the date cake, recipe from Sunday Suppers:
1 pound dried dates, pitted and finely chopped
2 ¼ cups water
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
whipped cream, for serving

 for the toffee sauce:
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

Place the dates in a heatproof bowl. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan and pour it over the dates. Stir in the baking soda, cover the bowl, and set aside to allow the dates to absorb the water, about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 10-inch square baking pan or a similarly sized circle cake pan. Puree the date mixture in a food processor until smooth. In a large bowl, combine the melted butter and both sugars. Whisk in the eggs. Stir in the flour and the date puree. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, and bake for 50 to 60 minutes. The cake should be moist and a little sticky when a toothpick is inserted into the center. The top should be a deep brown color. Let cool before removing from pan.

To make the sauce, combine the butter, cream, brown sugar, and vanilla in a medium saucepan. Whisk over medium heat for about 10 minutes until the mixture thickens. Remove the warm cake from the pan and pour toffee sauce over it, or cut the warm cake into squares or slices and spoon toffee sauce generously over each serving. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

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5 thoughts on “STICKY DATE CAKE with TOFFEE SAUCE & WHIPPED CREAM

  1. So, now that things have settled down, let me share with you an assortment of comments I received about this cake from my family:
    “The perfect Christmas cake”
    “Definitely repeatable” (this means, make this again next year)
    “Outrageously good”
    “I didn’t think date cake sounded very good, but this is very good”
    “It’s kind of like a doughnut” (??? Don’t agree with this comment. I include it only for accuracy)

    1. Haha, awesome! Hey, if it tastes like a doughnut to someone, I’ll go with it. : )
      I really enjoyed sharing this cake — made it 3 times for different Christmas gatherings.
      So glad your family liked it!

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