Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Fluffy ginger and date cake

Fluffy ginger and date cake / Bolo fofinho de gengibre e tâmaras

I love it when something great leads you into something equally good: just like “500 Days of Summer” got me to this amazing song, this delicious cake got me into trying – and liking – dates.

Fluffy ginger and date cake
from Donna Hay magazine

2 cups + 2 tablespoons (300g) all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger
3 cups (420g) pitted dates, chopped
1 cup (240ml) boiling water
2 teaspoons baking soda
200g unsalted butter, room temperature, chopped
1 ½ cups (262g) brown sugar, packed
4 eggs
Icing sugar, for dusting

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Butter a 26x16cm baking pan*, line with baking paper and butter the paper as well.
Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and ginger into a large bowl and set aside.
Place the dates, water and baking soda in a bowl, mix and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Transfer to a food processor, add the butter and sugar and process until well combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, and process well. Pour over the flour mixture and mix well with a wooden spoon. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until risen and cooked when tested with a toothpick. Allow to cool in the pan, then carefully unmold. Cut into squares or diamond shapes and dust with icing sugar to serve.

* I made the exact recipe but used a square 25cm (10in) pan and baked the cake for 40 minutes (it yielded 16 squares)

Serves 10-12


Just Cake Girl said...

Looks yummmy :)))))

The Urban Baker said...

this looks gorgeous! i made my grandma's date cake yesterday and it is so addicting. another beautiful post, Patricia. I love visiting you!

Abby said...

Perfect with a cup of tea! When I was a kid you couldn't pay me to eat ginger OR dates. So glad I got over that hump!

Patty said...

I love dates - what an elegant cake!

Alicia said...

I am such a sucker for gingerbread cake! I love the idea of using brown sugar and dates.

Anna said...

Oh, that sounds good! I love gingerbread flavors, especially this time of the year. I'd imagine dates are a fantastic addition

Katie said...

That looks delicious and so seasonal and comfotying. Perfect with a mug of hot chocolate

Swee San said...

I think ginger and dates are good together. I too recently made a date cake but with honey and ginger ice cream.

Rachel said...

Dates are awesome! I've been wanting to try the hot water/blender method for baking with dates. This cake looks delicious and it's so perfect for the season!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Aw I love Temper Trap, especially "Fader" and "Science of Fear." I've been seeing some tempting date recipes lately, but have yet to try them. This looks great!

Anonymous said...

Made the fluffy date and ginger cake last night. Added 200gm sugar instead of 260gm. The cake's texture is very fluffy indeed. Thank you very much


Patricia Scarpin said...

Hey, Sophia - this is great news! Thank YOU for letting me know how the recipe turned out for you!

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