Chocolate and Date Cake

    1 hour 15 mins

    This cake is simple enough to eat with a cuppa tea, yet good enough to serve for a special occasion. It's one of my family's favourites.

    16 people made this

    Serves: 24 

    • 275g dates, pitted and chopped
    • 250ml boiling water
    • 225g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 3 teaspoons cocoa powder
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 125g butter
    • 2 eggs
    • 50g chopped walnuts
    • 175g chocolate chips

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C. Grease and flour a 23x33cm baking tin.
    2. In a small bowl, pour boiling water over dates and set aside to cool.
    3. In a medium bowl, mix flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and cocoa. Set aside.
    4. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs. Add flour mixture alternating with cooled date mixture. Fold in chopped nuts and 1/2 of the chocolate chips.
    5. Pour mixture into prepared baking tin and spread evenly. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 of the chocolate chips over top.
    6. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until a knife inserted into middle of cake comes out clean.

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