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Dates and Rum Cake – In time for Christmas (Non-alcoholic and eggless version available)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
  • 30 Dates
  • Rum for soaking
  • 2 cups 240gms All purpose flour (maida)
  • 1 1/4 cup 140gms Unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup 120ml milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup 395g sweetened Condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped cashews or walnuts
  • SUGAR GLAZE: optional
  • 1 cup Powdered confectioners sugar
  • 2 - 2 1/2 tablespoons Rum water or juice
  • 1/4 cup Finely chopped cashews or other nuts
  • Remove egg and use 2 teaspoons baking soda and 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder. Rest everything remains same. Cake wont be as soft as the one with egg.
  • Soak the dates in boiling water for 30 minutes. Use enough water to barely cover the dates.
  1. Soak the dates in rum/brandy atleast a day in advance. Dates can be soaked in alcohol years or months in advance.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit or 160 degrees Celsius.
  3. Spray and lightly dust a bundt pan or a 9*3 inch cake pan.
  4. Whisk together flour + baking soda +baking powder + salt and keep aside. Make a paste of dates with little liquid as possible.
  5. Beat butter until soft. Add condensed milk and beat well. Add eggs one by one and beat well after each addition. Do not over beat. Now add the flour and milk and beat until everything is combined. Stir in the date paste and add chopped nuts.
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes (Mine took 50 minutes) or until a skewer inserted in the cake comes out clean.
  7. FOR SUGAR GLAZE: Add 2 tablespoons of liquid and mix well to form a thick paste. Add drops of liquid as needed to make it into pourable consistency. Pour over the cake.
  8. Variations:
Recipe Notes

Everyone will love this version of cake as the flavor and smell of alcohol is very mild. Serve it plain, with rum sauce (Recipe here) on the side or drench the entire cake with rum syrup (Recipe here). (Recipe for rum sauce can be Prunes, raisins, other dry fruits and nut can be soaked in rum/brandy instead of dates. For strong flavor: 1. Poke tiny holes in the cake with toothpicks and brush with rum. 2. Make a rum syrup, poke lot of tiny holes on the cake and brush over the cake.