• Serves 10
  • 3 hours
  • Difficulty Medium
  • 8 Ingredients


This cake goes down a treat for those who love dates.

Ingredients (serves 10)

  • 4 cups Pitted dried dates
  • 4 cups Cold water
  • 2 teaspoons Bicarbonate of soda
  • 175 grams Unstated butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups Brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
  • 6 Eggs
  • 3 cups Self raising flour, sifted


  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius.
  2. Grease a loaf pan. Combine dates & water in a large saucepan & bring to boil
  3. Remove from heat & stir in bicarbonate of soda. Allow to stand & cool for 15-25 minutes.
  4. Transfer this mixture to food processor in two batches. Process until a smooth consistency & transfer to a large bowl.
  5. Beat butter, sugar & extract in an extra large bowl with an electric mixer on high until well combined.
  6. Add eggs, one an a time, beating well after each addition.
  7. Fold in flour & then fold in date mixture until well combined. Mixture will be runny.
  8. Pour mixture into prepared pan & bake for about 2-21/2 hours. Check after about 1 1/2 hours with a skewer.
  9. Cover loosely with foil during cooking if over-browning occurs.
  10. Stand cake in pan for 10 minutes before turning onto wire rack.


Serve with caramel sauce & vanilla ice cream or dollop cream. This cake also freezes very well.

  • Anything with dates in is a winner! Great Recipe!


  • Warm sticky date loaf is just what is needed for the cooler weather and after dinner desserts.

    • Dates are just perfect for Winter desserts. Love dates!


  • This looks delicious and very filling. Must try


  • i will be sharing this awesome recipe. thanks also for making the effort to post this in the first place


  • yummy! this looks good! thank you for sharing


  • Another trip back to nana’s house. Thanks for sharing.


  • A great twist on the sticky date pudding.


  • I go crazy for anything sticky date, this recipe looks awesome, printing this out, thanks for sharing


  • Perfect for morning tea


  • I have never made a loaf before just the pudding but what a great idea.


  • this sounds very rich and delicious


  • My nan used to make a great date loaf this sounds very similar


  • that looks so moist and divine


  • sure are a lot of dates in there!


  • my mum loves dates so I might make one of these for her


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