Orange-Date Nut Cake Recipe
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Orange-Date Nut Cake Recipe

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One of my fondest memories as a child was the scent of this cake cooling on my mom’s dining room table. For those who like dates, nuts and oranges, it is heavenly. Teresa Switzer, Fayetteville, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 469 calories, 22g fat (10g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 326mg sodium, 63g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. Toss dates with 1/4 cup flour; set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in orange peel. Combine the baking powder, baking soda, salt and remaining flour; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Stir in dates and nuts.
  2. Transfer to a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  3. For glaze, combine orange juice and confectioners' sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Cool for 30 minutes.
  4. Cool cake on a wire rack for 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. Poke holes in cake top. Drizzle glaze over top and sides of cake; cool completely before serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Orange-Date Nut Cake in Country Extra November 2008, p51

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