Date and Pecan Cake―a moist, tender Bundt cake bursting with cardamom and nut flavor. This super easy Date Cake is simple and delicious.
I like to bake Bundt cakes, they are very easy to make and you can have them in different flavors.
There is nothing better than the sweet smell of cardamom, dates and nuts emerging from the oven and filling the whole house with sweet warmth and deliciousness!
Date cakes in general are very popular in the Middle East and I remember having them in Dubai and when I visited Riyadh all the time.
This cake recipe calls for Medjool dates that are pitted and soaked in warm water, eggs, avocado oil and milk. You will also need flour, sugar, baking powder, cardamom powder and chopped pecans.
I started using avocado oil in my recipes because it is a lot healthier than seeds oil and does not compromise the taste of the cake. If you can’t find avocado oil, any vegetable oil would do.
how to make date and pecan cake
This cake is so easy to make and can be put together in no time. I did not need to use my mixer to make this cake. Instead, I used a blender to mix the soaked dates with the wet ingredients then folded in the dry ingredients using a spatula.
Start by soaking the pitted dates in boiling water for 20 minutes so they soften and become easier to blend.
In a food blender, add eggs, sugar and avocado oil and mix until well combined. Add the soaked dates and vanilla and mix for another 2 minutes.
In a separate bowl, sift together flour and baking powder, add salt and cardamom. Pour in the eggs and dates mixture and using a rubber spatula mix the batter until just combined. Fold in the chopped pecans.
Last, spray a Bundt pan with non-stick cooking oil, pour the cake batter and bake for 30 – 40 minutes in a 350 F (180C) preheated oven. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
You can serve this cake warm or cold. Decorate with some ground pistachios, fresh dates and whole pecans.
I like to take 2 soaked dates and mash them to a paste with a teaspoon of coconut oil and brush the cake with it. This is however completely optional.
Medjool dates are large and sweet with a soft, chewy texture. They are high in calorie but full of nutrients, antioxidants, and have an excellent fiber content that boosts digestion and helps gut health in general.
There are over 200 varieties of dates fruit and Medjool is one of them.
What is Cardamom?
Cardamom, is a spice that is abundantly used in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines. It is known especially for its strong, sweet aroma and flavor. Cardamom pods are taper–shaped that have black seeds, and can be used whole or ground.
Cardamom has a wide variety of uses, people in the Middle East grind it with their coffee and use it in cooking and baking.
- 12 Oz (340g) pitted Medjool dates (around 20 pieces)
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 4 eggs, room temperature
- 1/2 (100 g) brown sugar
- 1/2 (125 ml) cup avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 (125 ml) cup whole milk
- 1 1/2 (220 g) cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon ground cardamom
- 1 cup (115 g) pecans, chopped
- Pecans and Pistachios for decoration
- Soak the pitted dates in boiling water for 20 minutes. Set aside.
- In a food blender, add eggs, sugar and oil and mix until well combined. Add soaked dates and vanilla and mix for another 2 minutes.
- In a separate bowl, sift together flour andbaking powder. Add salt and cardamom. Pour in the eggs and dates mixture and using a rubber spatula mix the batter until just combined. Fold in pecans.
- Spray a Bundt pan with non-stick cooking oil, pour the cake batter and bake to 30 - 40 minutes in a 350 F (180C) preheated oven.
- Remove from oven and let cool. Serve warm or cold.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 238Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 199mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 17gProtein: 5g
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