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Orange Date Cake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + cooling


16-20 servings

When it's time for dessert, this rich cake with orange syrup is a special treat for our farm family.


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped dates
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar


  1. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt; combine 1 cup with dates and walnuts. Set both mixtures aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add orange zest. Add reserved flour and date mixtures. Stir in buttermilk just until blended.
  3. Spoon into a greased and floured 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 300° for 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. For syrup, in a small saucepan, heat orange juice and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Let stand for 30 minutes. Cool cake in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cool 10 minutes more before pouring syrup over cake.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 377 calories, 15g fat (3g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 283mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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