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Date Christmas Cake

Date Christmas Cake

A Christmas Cake for your family to enjoy. Dates provide a lovely sweetness and velvety soft flavor to this cake that is lifted by fresh orange and sweetness of the cranberries. Serve simply with maple syrup.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 8
Author Kyrstie Barcak - A Fresh Legacy


  • 1 and ½ cups of dried dates – pitted and chopped into pieces
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon bi-carb. soda
  • 120 grams butter – softened
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 100 grams dried cranberries
  • 80 grams pistachios – ground
  • 1 orange - zest and juice
  • 2 cups self raising flour

To serve

  • 50 ml maple syrup
  • Cream or ice-cream


  1. Place the chopped dates and bi carb in a bowl and cover with the boiling water. Set aside to sit while preparing the cake
  2. Beat the butter, coconut oil, and sugar until creamy and well combined.
  3. Heat the oven to 160 degrees
  4. Add one egg at a time and continue beating to incorporate
  5. Remove the dates from the water with a slotted spoon. Discard the water
  6. Fold the dates and remaining ingredients into the butter mixture
  7. Heavily grease the pudding dish with oil or butter
  8. Spoon the mixture in to the dish and cover with the lid
  9. Bake in the oven for 1 hour 30 minutes
  10. Test readiness with a butter knife. The knife should be removed with no residue when the cake is cooked
  11. Remove the lid and allow the cake to sit in the tin for approximately 10 minutes
  12. Place a plate on top of the dish and tip upside down to remove
  13. Serve with cream or ice cream and drizzled with maple syrup

Recipe Notes

Required equipment
Pudding bowl with a lid – eg a baking bowl with a lid. My pudding bowl does not show the capacity/size. When it is empty I can fill it with 1.5 liters of water.
You may wish to insert a flexible silicone spatula around the inside edges to help free the cake.