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Date and Walnut Coffee Cake

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
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 312kcal
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*


  • Place a rack in the centre of your oven and preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Butter and flour a 9 inch round baking pan, tap out extra flour.
  • In a small bowl, pour 1/2 cup of hot coffee over the chopped dates and set aside while you prepare the other ingredients.
  • In another bowl, whisk together both flours, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In the bowl of your mixer, combine butter and sugar and beat on medium speed until smooth. Add egg, beat until well mixed.
  • Add in dates and coffee all at once, the batter will look curdled at this point but that's ok.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove from the oven and let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
  • Turn the cake out of the pan and transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely.


*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.


Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 6.4% | Vitamin C: 0.1% | Calcium: 4.9% | Iron: 7.9%