Thursday, 13 December 2018

Orange and Date Cake


The original recipe is called Orange Date Bread but I have decided to go with "cake" since I creamed the butter and sugar. When I baked it the first time, it turned out very dry.

I wanted very much to bake this cake again since I loved the taste. But at this time of the year, I was not confident of finding medjool dates. True enough, I could not find any at Aeon or Jaya Grocer. But while buying my favorite marinated mangoes at MBG, I found that they were selling these dates. So I got myself a box.

For this recipe, the dates are chopped and soaked in orange juice.



I reattempted the recipe with a few tweaks. I noted that there was very little butter in the original, so I increased butter from 4 tablespoons to 125g (approximately 9 tablespoons) and eggs from 2 to 3.


Actually I started out with 2 eggs. I was afraid that the batter would be too wet if it had an extra egg. But as I was mixing the batter, I found it needing more moisture. I was still haunted by the first dry cake and I did not want to end up with another dry one.

So. I beat an egg and poured it into the batter, something that any seasoned baker would not do. I tried my best to incorporate the beaten egg into the batter and hoped for the best.

I may have over baked the cake slightly and by the time I checked, it had overbrowned but there was till some wet batter when I tested the cake. So I tented the cake with aluminum foil.


I let the cake cool down and stored it in a container to sit overnight. The next day when I sliced it, I found that it was not as moist as I had hoped. Perhaps the overbaking or even the addition of the egg at the last moment had something to do with this.


But still, it was moist enough and a far cry from the dry cake I baked previously. I loved the flavors of this cake - orange, dates and cinnamon - it smelt and tasted so good. Although I reduced the sugar content, it came out just right as the dates were very sweet.


I think this would be a good cake to bake and serve or gifted for Christmas.

Orange and Date Cake
Recipe source : Adapted from The Spruce Eats

Ingredients :
- 250g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon 
- 125g butter, softened
- 1/2 cup caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 220g pitted Medjool dates, chopped
- juice from one orange
- zest from 3 oranges (about 1 tablespoon)

Note : I grated the orange zest directly into the butter.

Method :
1. Put chopped dates into a bowl and pour in the orange juice. Let soak from 1 hour.
2. In a mixing bowl, sift flour and ground cinnamon. Whisk to evenly mix the flour and cinnamon. Set aside.
3. In another mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together with orange zest until light and fluffy.
4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
5. Using a spatula (or you can continue to use your mixer) fold in flour 1/3 at a time until incorporated into the butter mixture.
6. Fold in the chopped dates including orange juice.
7. Pour batter into a lined 9" x 5" loaf pan and bake at 160C for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cebter of the cake comes out clean.

23 comments:

  1. You have so many great baking recipes, I really need to try and bake one day lah.
    Totally inspired by you.

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    1. Oh thank you! Bake lah, I want to see :)

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  2. Wow! You are on a cake roll with so many posts on cakes and cakes called bread recently. Whenever you are on a cake roll, I would need to go to Lavender and buy their butter cakes because I don't bake and your cakes can see but cannot eat so have to go buy to eat cos the temptation is too great but Lavender cake is not as good as yours. So sad! This orange, dates and cinnamon can act as the fruit cake for Christmas anytime!

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    1. LOL! I don't know how long this cake thing is going to last. We'll see :)

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  3. Dates soaked in orange juice, not orange peel as in pannetone? Gonna make one for Christmas?

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    1. It has orange peel in the batter. So fragrant! I might make for Christmas if I am not lazy. LOL!

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  4. You are so creative to use dates to bake this orange cake. That's because I love to eat dry dates straight from the boxes sold during Hari Raya. They are so healthy and helps all the bowels and internal organs. I must ask my wife to bake this!

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    1. If she bakes this for you, please show ya... LOL!

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  5. My mom loved to bake with dates and I know I'd love this cake as much as she would have!

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    1. That's good to know. I'm starting to really like dates.

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  6. This cake looks lovely - if it ever feels a bit dry to you, maybe have a small bowl of marmalade on the side that you can use to spread on each slice like bread ;)

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    1. That's a wonderful suggestion! Perhaps a bot of butter would make it even better hee..hee...

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  7. Hmmmm... I never have orange and date cake before! The texture looks so good... I have just ordered 4 fruit cakes from my friend... Christmas festive season is here!

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    1. When I was younger, I never liked fruit cake. But now I seem to appreciate them.

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  8. I have never tried orange and date cake before. They must taste very good, maybe can bake one more such fruit cake for Christmas? I self invite myself to your Christmas Party ok? LOL

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  9. I dare not to change the amount of ingredients of a cake recipe, because I worry that the outcome will be a fail attempt. :(

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  10. I used to bake for Christmas but now cutting down on sweet things. Your cake looks nice and moist, so yummy!

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    1. This is a good cake. I highly recommend it.

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  12. I’ve tried the orange date cinnamon cake with my Mum. ❤️Sedap sgt sgt, thanks for the awesome recipe😍🍊

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    1. Hi Kin! I am happy that you tried the cake and liked it.

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