The distinctive taste of dark beer adds a hearty and interesting note to this tenderly spiced cake, studded with pistachio nuts and chopped dates and accented with a gingered cream topping. Your guests will love this one! —Janice Elder, Charlotte, North Carolina
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups cake flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups dark beer, room temperature
- 2 cups chopped dates
- 1-1/2 cups chopped pistachios
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
- In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking soda, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with beer. Beat just until combined. Fold in dates and pistachios.
- Transfer to a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 300° for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
- In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form. Fold in ginger. Serve with cake. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Pistachio-Date Cake with Chantilly Creme in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2012, p88
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