Date and pistachio cake

Sometime during my first trimester, I developed a craving for dried dates.I would get them from the markets in bulk and munch on them throughout the day. Then one day, just as suddenly as the craving started, it stopped. I didn't have an aversion to them as such, but I just didn't find them appealing on its own anymore. I had to think of an alternative way to use my leftover dates, so I started searching around for recipes.
A lot of the recipes I came across were for very heavy or even sticky/syrupy date cakes, much like a fruitcake, which I'm not a fan of. I finally found a recipe in an old magazine for a butter cake which topped with a date and almond crust. Gold!

This is my adapted version, using pistachios instead of almond flakes. It is a classic butter cake - moist and dense without being too rich. A crunchy nutty and sweet crust with chopped dates in every bite. A delicious afternoon tea cake.
Date and pistachio cake

Ingredients

1 cup pitted dates, finely chopped
1/2 cup pistachios, finely chopped
1/3 cup brown sugar
dash of ground cardamon
250g butter, melted
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla essence
3 eggs
2 cups self-raising flour, sifted
1/2 cup milk
pinch of salt

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsiu. Grease and line a 20cm round springform cake tin.
2.  Add dates, pistachios, brown sugar and cardarmon in bowl. Toss to combine.
3. Put butter, caster sugar, vanilla essence, eggs, flour, milk and salt into the food processor and pulse until the mixture forms a thick smooth consistency.
4.  Pour half the batter into prepared cake tin and sprinkle with half the date mixture. Top with remaining batter, followed by remaining date mixture.
5. Bake for 45 minutes or until cooked (skewer inserted into centre should come out clean).

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39 Responses to Date and pistachio cake

greenthumb said...

That sounds really good.

Lisa said...

Looks delicious. It's a shame I can't eat wheat and sugar.

Sarah morethanadored said...

Great post! This makes me soooo hungry! Look delicious. I may need to make this sometime soon.

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Sarah Jane said...

Oh yum! I love a nice butter cake & the topping looks great!

Sarah xx

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My Garden Diaries said...

I will be giving this one a try! I too prefer something less dense and thick and this one looks just perfect! YUMMY!!!! And I think you nailed it with using pistachios!

Carrie said...

Oh my gosh Trish, you did it again. This looks super delish!!!

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rooth said...

This looks wonderful, I'd love to take tea with you

Hi! I am LiLi! said...

wow. that look so good. hi trishie. :)

Anouka K said...

I am not really a dates fan but this looks so delicious!

Tracy said...

Looks delicious Trish. I craved Vicks vaporub when I was pregnant so dates sound fairly tame to me.

cquek said...

Pure deliciousness! So inspired by this recipe!

Mimi said...

ohmygosh, that looks delicious!!! can i have a slice? ;D

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Loz said...

Wow, wish I had some of this for desert! looks delicious. I'm making this for sure :)

Reese Carrozzini said...

I'm not a fan of fruit cake either. This date and almond cake sounds yummy.

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Tina Bradley said...

This looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing! xo T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Liv Lundelius said...

Sounds amazing and I can almost smell it through the pictures.
I haven't been baking since I moved here, it's such a winter thing for me.
I can prob start now that its finally cold.

Anna White said...

Oh this looks simply divine! LOVE!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I loooove dates and pistachios, so I think I would really like this cake! It looks so pretty too and like the perfect breakfast or afternoon snack. Thanks for sharing! Glad you were able to use up some of your leftover dates :)

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Your recipes always look so amazing Trishie!

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MaysaAndSunshine said...

Oh my, the cake looks amazing. Seems likea it will be light and fluffy. I can almost smell it through my screen.

OtherMix said...

Very nice! :3

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Trishie, what a fabulous cake recipe - I love to bake with dates and pistachios and I am sure that I would enjoy this cake tremendously! And your photography is dreamy and so beautiful - truly a joy to look at!
Hope all is well with you - take good care of the two of you!

Kim Alston said...

That cake looks yum yum!!! Kudos to you in finding something to do with the leftovers. That is awesome!
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Denise said...

Sorry that I was a bit away, with only a few scheduled posts. I'm having some trouble in my new environment... soon I'll be adapted! Now tell me, how is everything? I hope you and the baby are OK! I loved the recipe - date is not my favorite, but I love pistachios!

Sam said...

This looks so delicious, I love baking with dates, I make a similar date and walnut cake. Would love to try this version out

Johanna said...

So pretty...nice job!

Susannah said...

Trishie I love dried dates and pistachios so I would definitely like this cake. I think pistachios would work even better than almonds, great idea. I hope you are feeling well. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!
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Elly @ Caribbean Livingl said...

Mmmmm yum! Trishie this looks divine!

Amy @ Elephant Eats said...

This cake looks so moist and delicious...and simple enough to please any palate, including a pregnant one! :)

Ice Pandora said...

You should bake for me Trishieeee <3 c: Xx

Talisa Tossell said...

I love these types of posts, it's so informative and allows me to get a strong idea of what i want to try, keep it up! I love your blog.

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Mary Jo @trustyourstyle said...

Dates are so yummy--they definitely can satisfy a certain craving and I love that you found this lovely recipe--I also love pistachios so I'm bookmarking it :)
xo Mary Jo

FAIIINT said...

Ahh, I LOVE dates too! I have to admit I'm definitely a fan of the super gooey, syrupy cakes with them in, sticky toffee pudding is my favourite, but I didn't even consider using dates in a cake like this. It looks soo yummy, definitely adding this to my 'to try' list! :)

oomph. said...

oh, yum! i love pistachio anything! will be bookmarking this one :)

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Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Cardamom? Niceeee! Looks fantastic.

Janice Lunes said...

Not only are the pics beautiful !
The cake also looks extremely yummy !!!

Very well done love ;D

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Arni @ Travel Gourmande said...

This looks great, I'm craving one with a cup of tea now.

Jane said...

well done! looks super tasty!

Gillian said...

That looks very tasty. You always take such lovely photos of your food, and always have such pretty plates too. It's a pleasure to look at. x