Orange-Date Coffee Cake Recipe

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You'll want to eat Pat Walter's delicate cake a sliver at a time…just to make the enjoyment last. “The splash of orange juice and chewy dates are what make this recipe extra-special,“ Pat adds from Pine Island, Minnesota.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 309 calories, 15g fat (3g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 199mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk the egg, milk, oil, orange juice and peel; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in dates.
  2. Pour into a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking pan. In a bowl, combine the nuts, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; sprinkle over batter.
  3. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Orange-Date Coffee Cake in Country Woman March/April 2007, p35

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