Sticky Date Cake with Caramel Icing

Serves at least 10
by Gina Hughes

This is a large cake and can easily be halved … but it keeps well so you can always eat it over a few days, if you can resist eating it all straight away!

Another one straight from the kitchen of team member Gina, you must give it a whirl. She only uses the Thermomix to chop the dates and make the icing, but as the cake is so easy to put together, and (nothing) deserves to be overbeaten, the rest is mixed in the conventional way. You can handle that though, am I right? (Remember the good ole days?? When we actually folded flour into a mixture?? Me neither.)

Need

  • Cake
  • 500 g dried dates
  • 540 mls filtered water
  • 2 1/2 tsp bicarb soda
  • 150 g butter, cubed
  • 425 g dark muscovado sugar (or dark brown sugar)
  • 5 large eggs
  • 370 g self raising flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • Caramel Icing
  • 160 g light brown muscovado sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 80 mls full fat cream
  • 120 g butter, chopped
  • 125 g white chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 420 g icing sugar

Do

1  

To make Cake: Place 250g dates into TM bowl and chop 4 sec/speed 7. Remove chopped dates into a pot. Repeat with the other 250g of dates.

2  

Add water and bicarb soda to the pot.

3  

Bring to the boil stirring lightly, and as soon as the mix bubbles take pan off the heat and add the butter. Stir until butter is melted. Set date mix aside and set a timer for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, continue on with the recipe.

4  

Heat oven to 150ºC (fan forced) and place rack into middle. Line 24cm round cake tin with baking paper, and place onto baking tray.

5  

Measure sugar, eggs, flour and vanilla essence into a large bowl and mix together.

6  

Once date mix has cooled for 30 minutes, add to sugar mix and lightly stir through with a large whisk or spatula (do not beat).

7  

Pour mixture into cake tin, even surface with spatula and bake 1 hour and 30 minutes. Test with a skewer, and if necessary add another 10 minutes.

8  

To make Icing: Place sugar, cream, butter and chocolate into TM bowl and cook 4 min/50ºC/speed 2. Add icing sugar and mix 10 sec/speed 3. Stir icing around the top and then mix again 10 sec/speed 3.

More

Always check your dates for pips before chopping, by bending them in half as you put them into the TM bowl … that way if there is a pip in one, you will pick it up immediately … generally speaking, when using 500g, I have always found at least 1 pip in the dates. If you don't check for pips, the Thermomix will chop them, and you will have hard little pieces throughout the cake … not nice after all your wonderful work.

Icing is best made the day before and left to rest in fridge. Take it out of the fridge the morning you are going to ice the cake to allow it to come to room temperature. You will need to stir it to soften it again before icing the cake. Leftover icing can be frozen.

After icing the cake, decorate it simply with small pieces of chopped dates, or small slices of lightly toasted pecans.

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