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Red Dates Cake

Cooking Method
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Difficulty Beginner
Cook Time: 65 mins Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Cooking Temp 320  °F
Servings 6
Best Season Suitable throughout the year

Red Dates Cake, often referred to as Jujube Cake, is a traditional dessert cherished in various cultures, particularly in Asia where red dates hold significant culinary and medicinal value. This cake features red dates (jujube fruits) as its central ingredient, imparting a natural sweetness and a slight chewiness to the texture.

The cake itself is usually moist and dense, similar in consistency to a fruitcake or a pudding cake. It's made with a batter that includes mashed or finely chopped red dates, which are soaked to soften them before being incorporated. This not only enriches the cake with the subtle, caramel-like sweetness of the dates but also embeds a pleasant, fibrous texture.

Spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger are often added to complement the sweetness of the dates, while nuts like walnuts or almonds can be included for added crunch and richness. The cake is typically enjoyed as a dessert or a sweet snack and is especially popular during festive occasions and celebrations, owing to the dates' symbolic meanings of prosperity and good fortune.

    Cake base
  • 120 g red dates (pitted)
  • 120 g milk
  • 120 g brown sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 150 g cake flour
  • 5 g baking powder
  • 5 g salt
  • 80 g vegetable oil
  • Topping
  • Chopped pecans
  • Sesame
  1. Wash and core the red dates. Chop into small cubes. Grab a pot; bring together red dates, milk and brown sugar. Keep stirring over medium-low heat until soft and well combined.

  2. Transfer into a clean bowl, let the red date paste cool for a while (from hot to warm). Add in 5 eggs; use a hand mixer to beat until thickened and triple in volume. When you pull up the hand mixer, the batter will drop but hard to dissolve.

  3. Sift in cake flour, baking powder and salt, mix or fold it in until well combined. Add in vegetable oil and fold it in until just combined.

  4. Line the 18*18 cm square dish with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 320℉(160℃).

  5. Pour all the batter into the dish, smooth it out and sprinkle with chopped pecan and sesame. Send into the oven and let bake for 65 minutes.


By cake flour, I mean low protein flour, which normally contains 7-9% protein (Mine is around 8%). Not self-rising flour.

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