Dates and Walnut Cake..A vegan recipe

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Hello everyone. I am so glad you have stopped by. I had two very special reasons to celebrate. And I made this delicious dates and walnut cake for the occasion.

One, it was my parent’s marriage anniversary and I wanted to make something special for them. This anniversary is extra special as we celebrated it together after a very long time. Their USA trip is ending soon and I would be so sad when they leave, especially my toddler. Nothing like spending time with your grand parents. It makes me miss my childhood days. Sigh. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Second, my Facebook page just reached 500 Likes. Yay. I am so overwhelmed with all the love I have received in these 5 months. Thanks to each one of you for sticking out with me. I really appreciate that. ๐Ÿ™‚

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And now back to the cake. I came across this recipe at Tickling Plates. I was a little skeptical to try it out as it was made with water and had no eggs. I really haven’t had very good luck with eggless cakes so wasn’t very sure about this one. But the final result was amazing. The cake was so moist I couldn’t believe it had no eggs or butter. Thank you Radhika for such a fabulous recipe and I will surely make it again.

Here is my adaption of her recipe

Ingredients:

All purpose flour – 2 cups (Feel free to use whole wheat flour if you like)

Pitted Dates – 1 cup, chopped finely

Walnuts – 1 cup, coarsely chopped

Oil – 1/2 cup

Water – 2 cups

Sugar – 1 cup

Cinnamon Powder – 1.5 tsp

Salt – 1/4 tsp

Baking Powder – 1 tsp

Baking Soda – 1.5 tsp

Method:

  1. Take a medium sized pan and add in the sugar, chopped dates, salt, cinnamon powder, oil and water. Mix everything well and turn on the stove. Let it come to a boil and then lower the flame and let it cook for about 25-30 minutes. You are looking for a gel like consistency. 
  2. In the meanwhile, take the flour, baking soda and baking powder and sieve it at least twice. Keep aside.
  3. Once, the dates mixture has cooked well, keep it aside and let it cool completely before adding the dry ingredients. It is very important for this dates mixture to cool down before using further in the recipe. It would take about 2 hours.
  4. Once the mixture has cooled completely, add the sieved flour mixture to this liquid little at a time, making sure everything is well blended. I just used my whisk here. Now add in the chopped walnuts to the cake mix. Remember to coat the walnuts in some flour so they do not sink to the bottom of the cake.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease your 9 inch baking tray and dust well with some flour.
  6. Pour in the cake mixture in your baking tray and bake for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Since all ovens work differently, check around 35 minutes.
  8. Let the cake cool down before cutting it. It tastes even better the next day, if you have any left overs. ๐Ÿ™‚

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So that is how I made this delightful and super delicious cake.

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Do give this a try and let me know if you like it.

See you again soon.

Love,

Ritu. ๐Ÿ™‚

57 Comments Add yours

  1. love your cake! Glad you had fun with your parents!

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    1. A big thanks to you for the appreciation.

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      1. You always have wonderful stuff! hope your not too sad! I hated seeing my parents go after a big visit in Saudi!

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      2. You are too kind. Thanks for asking. I guess I will feel better soon.

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      3. Its so hard to say goodbye and have them far away! Hugs

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      4. I agree. Thanks for all the love. Hugs back to you.

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  2. Wow. It looks fabulous ๐Ÿ˜›

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    1. Glad you liked it. Thanks

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  3. Aaaaaaahh!! Amazing!! ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›

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  4. Hi, hope you had a great time with your parents ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have nominated you for Dragon’s Loyalty Award..all details are here ~ http://anartsyappetite.com/2015/08/13/two-awards-premio-dardos-and-dragons-loyalty-award/

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    1. Thanks dear for the award. I am so honored. And yes enjoying every minute of it. Thanks again.

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      1. My pleasure… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Ahhhh this looks scrumptious, I can just taste it now lol.๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. Lina says:

    I love both dates and walnuts! This recipe is amazing! Thanks for bringing it to the contest:):) ATB!!

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    1. My pleasure. So glad you liked it.

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  7. Nidhi Vyas says:

    Tried this today and it turned to be awesome! loved it thanks!

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    1. I am so glad you liked it. Thanks so much for the feedback.

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  8. priya says:

    Can we add eggs to this recipe.. Pls suggest the quantity and at what stage.. I really want to try this recipe of urs

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    1. Eggs are really not needed here. Just follow the recipe as is. You will be very happy with the results. I promise. If you want to make a cake with egg, I have a banana bread recipe on the blog.

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  9. Padma says:

    Hi… Looks delicious… Want to try.. One doubt… What do u mean by gel like consistency?

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    1. Thanks. It means that it should be thick like a jam not flowing liquid. Hope that helps.

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      1. Padma says:

        Hi.. Thanks for ur reply.. I did try & it has turned out very tasty… Thanq once again for the recipe…

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      2. I am so glad to hear that. Thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated.

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  10. vinal says:

    Hi, can we use butter instead of oil

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    1. Haven’t tried it with butter. The oil keeps the cake moist. Plus since we cook the dates in oil, not sure how it will turn out with butter. I would recommend oil.

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  11. Sujatha says:

    Wat tray size should we use??

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    1. An 8 or 9 inch baking pan

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  12. florita flores says:

    Very nice i love it…

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  13. Dates and walnut is such a delicious combination. The cake looks so moist and yummy. Got here from FB, loved your space, will be back for more.

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    1. So glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. do you recommend any specific kind of oil?

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    1. Vegetable oil or canola oil.

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      1. Thank you, going to try it tomorrow for V day:)

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      2. Great. Let me know if you like it. Happy Valentine’s Day.

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      3. Tried it and it was excellent, the crust was shining and the cake was super soft, light and delicious. Thanks so much for the amazing recipe – its a keeper ๐Ÿ™‚

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      4. So happy to hear that. Thanks for the feedback.

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  15. ลฝivilฤ— says:

    Thisis the mostamazing vegan cake recipe I’ve ever tried, thank you! Cake turned out to be sweet, moist and plainly delicious!

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    1. I am so glad to hear that. Thanks for the feedback.

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  16. Shreya goel says:

    Hie may i know which measuring cups you had used?

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    1. Standard us cups 8oz or 250 ml

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  17. Cake looks so moist and delicious.. lovely recipe

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. Much Appreciated.

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  18. Siddhi says:

    Hi I’m in process of making this cake … The dates mixture is kept for cooling.. but one question as per ur receipy u have mentioned it should be jelly like consistency but what I see is it’s watery… Is it fine… Can you reply at earliest

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    1. Hi Siddhi. Sorry for the late message. If you cook for 30 minutes on low, it shouldnโ€™t be too watery. It wonโ€™t be too thick but It must coat the spatula. Let me know if it was fine.

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  19. lmirha says:

    Looks great, I want to make it ๐Ÿ˜‹ Only thing is I am in UK and not quite sure how the ‘cups’ measurements compare with grams. We don’t use cups. Any guidance appreciated. Thanks

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    1. Just replied to your message. Let me know if you have any questions. Sorry about the delay in getting back.

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  20. lmirha says:

    I found a conversion chart but it looks like it would be 12oz or 340g of dates – does that sound correct?

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    1. Sorry about the delay in getting back to you. It will be 1 cup of pitted dates will be 175 grams or 6.2 oz.

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