Saturday, December 6, 2008

Umma's special date cake

Since eid is nearing and the kitchen is busy with eid preparations, I decided to post something prepared by the ladies in the house. So the date cake will be followed by something prepared by belimma and soufanammai. These date cakes are something that has been served for eid and praised by the guests since the past 2 years. 1 thing i like about the recipe is that it does not use butter. So there is no need to wait for the butter to melt. The dates are also soaked for hardly 15 minutes, making this a quick and easy cake.


25 dates
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup maida
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup sugar

  • Sift maida and baking powder together.
  • Soak dates in milk for some time.
  • Grind sugar and soaked dates in a blender.
  • Add oil.Mix well. This needs a lot of patience.
  • Slowly add maida. Mix.
  • Pour into a greased pan and bake at 375 degree celcius.
  • Remove from oven after 30-35 minutes or if a skewer comes clean when inserted into the cake.


  1. Wow, date cake at last. I have always heard u guys talk abt this cake, now I get to see and hopefully eat in a few dates . BTW, what is the quantity of milk to add and why does it rqeuire a lot of patience to add oil to a date mix :( .I bet I will find out when I try this out

  2. u need 3/4 cup milk
    mixing oil needs patience because oil is an immiscible liquid and doesn't mix easily with any liquid...umma prefers to mix it manually and so I don't if it is difficult even when mixed with an electric mixer
    jeshalama, do tell me how ur cake turns out

  3. Suggestions from Umma:
    Umma likes to lower the sugar content to 1/2 cup
    She says using soda bicarbonate in place of baking powder gives a softer cake

    Also, in the photo, the recipe has been tripled, hence a large pan has been used.