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Date Nut Cake- Project Vintage Recipes

This incredibly moist vintage Date Nut Cake recipe is just like grandma used to make, made with unbleached flour, butter, spices, dates and nuts.  
Author Amee


  • 1 lb dates chopped fine pits removed
  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick, softened
  • 1 cup natural brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup organic white sugar
  • 2 well beaten eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups spelt flour
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached bread flour King Arthur's brand
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup nuts chopped (I used pecans, but walnuts would be great too)


  • Place chopped dates in a large bowl and sprinkle with baking soda.
  • Pour boiling water over the dates and let sit until cool.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and both sugars and then add the beaten eggs.
  • Mix until creamy.
  • Sift the flours with the teaspoon of cinnamon and then slowly add to the butter mixture until all is incorporated.
  • Add vanilla, dates (with water) and chopped nuts and stir until blended.
  • Pour into two 9 inch greased and floured cake pans and bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool on wire racks.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.
  • This can also be served topped with fresh whipped cream.