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Date Pudding Cake Loaf

For old-fashioned appeal at Christmastime, try this moist cake baked in a loaf pan and dotted with chopped dates and walnuts. The recipe includes a homemade vanilla sauce.—Nancy Foust, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings (1-1/3 cups sauce)


  • 1 cup finely chopped dates
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Place dates in a small bowl; add boiling water. Let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat shortening and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda and baking powder; add to shortening mixture alternately with dates and water mixture. Fold in walnuts.
  • Transfer to a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the sugars and cornstarch. Gradually whisk in milk until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in butter and vanilla. Serve warm with cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 313 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 142mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (44g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Judy
    Oct 21, 2020

    I made the date pudding cake loaf this morning and it looks nothing like the picture in your Holiday Potluck magazine. I soaked the dates in 1 cup of water for five minutes, as directed, and then added this alternately with the flour mixture. The batter was extremely thin and, to me, it appeared that maybe the water should have been drained off. However, since it states: to add "with dates and water mixture", that is what I did. The cake/loaf is extremely brown and not light as pictured and it sunk in the middle. I am extremely disappointed.

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    Dec 17, 2012

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    Dec 11, 2012

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