5 from 2 votes
Date and Walnut Coffee Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins

This old fashion Date and Walnut Coffee Cake is filled with dates and walnuts and is spiced with cinnamon. It makes a perfect treat for tea time.

Course: Dessert, Dessert/ snack
Servings: 12
Calories: 312 kcal
Author: Sweet and Savoury Pursuits
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 egg large
  • 1/2 cup hot brewed coffee
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pitted dates
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped toasted walnuts*
  1. Place a rack in the centre of your oven and preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Butter and flour a 9 inch round baking pan, tap out extra flour.
  3. In a small bowl, pour 1/2 cup of hot coffee over the chopped dates and set aside while you prepare the other ingredients.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together both flours, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  5. In the bowl of your mixer, combine butter and sugar and beat on medium speed until smooth. Add egg, beat until well mixed.
  6. Add in dates and coffee all at once, the batter will look curdled at this point but that's ok.

  7. Beat the batter for 30 seconds and then add the flour mixture. Beat until well combined and add the chopped walnuts. Stir until walnuts are just mixed in. Do not over beat. The batter will be thick.
  8. Evenly spread the batter into the pan and bake for approximately 25 minutes, until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.
  9. Remove from the oven and let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
  10. Turn the cake out of the pan and transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe Notes

*Toasting the walnuts will add to the texture and the flavour of your cake. You can toast the walnuts in a 350ºF oven for about 10 minutes or until they are fragrant, let cool and chop coarsely.

Nutrition Facts
Date and Walnut Coffee Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 128mg 5%
Potassium 226mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 23g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 6.4%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 4.9%
Iron 7.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.