August 11, 2012

Moist Chocolate Date Cake

I have been waiting to make this cake for over 3 weeks now and today I finally had the time and opportunity to bake it. My super baker friend who gave me the recipe for Banana Cake gave me the recipe for this too. Thank you once again Nithya :) ! I have never had a cake so moist and soft that it almost melts in your mouth. This one is a sure keeper. Will I make it again? You bet I will make it over and over again. If your children love cakes, do not let this one pass by so quickly. Its healthy, yummy and an easy way to make them eat this nutrition packed fruit. Unlike other date cakes, you will not bite into big pieces of dates but will still be able to taste the wonderful flavors of  Arabia. 
 You will need:
Chopped seedless dates - 1 cup
Water - 1 1/2 cups
Baking soda - 1 tsp
Eggs - 2
Melted Butter - 1 cup ( This one is the secret to this wonderful moist texture)
Powdered Sugar - 1 cup
Plain Flour - 1 1/2 cups
Cocoa Powder - 2 1/2 tbsp
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Bring the dates to a boil with the water.
Add the baking soda to the cooked dates and allow it to cool to room temperature.
Once cooled, make a smooth paste of the dates and water mixture. Strain to get a fine puree. 
Preheat the oven to 170C degrees.
Cream together the melted butter, eggs and the sugar until pale and fluffy.
Sift the flour, baking powder and the cocoa powder.
Add the sifted dry ingredients and the date puree into the egg mixture. Mix until just combined.
Pour the mixture into the parchment lined 9 inch cake dish.
Bake for about 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. The timing will vary from oven to oven so be your own judge by doing the skewer test.
Resist the temptation to cut the cake immediately and wait for it to cool completely.

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