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Old Fashioned Date and Nut Cakes

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Yield: 6 cakes


  • 6 (10 3/4 ounce) empty soup cans, cleaned and dried
  • 1 cup pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups + 1 level tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped


  1. Generously grease and flour empty soup cans and set aside.
  2. Place dates in a medium, heat-proof bowl.
  3. Combine baking soda and boiling water and pour over dates. Set aside to cool, about 20 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat egg on high speed until pale yellow, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add sugar and continue beating for 1 minute. Add cooled date mixture.
  6. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to date-egg mixture and beat until well-incorporated.
  7. Stir in walnuts by hand.
  8. Divide dough among the 6 prepared cans, filling them half full.
  9. Place cans in a preheated 325 degrees F oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until cakes test done.
  10. Remove from oven and cool in cans on wire rack.

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