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Date Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

The last time I was at Costco I picked up a container of some pretty tasty looking dates. I don't recall every have tried dates, but I figured I would find a recipe to try them out on. Am I the only one that feels like dates are sort of a...retro food? I'm not sure how to explain it. Should I just call it an old person food? Maybe. I don't know why I get that impression.

Anyhow, this date cake was delicious and different from our usual desserts. The original recipe didn't have a frosting but I thought the cream cheese frosting we made complimented it very well. Enjoy!

Date Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes one 9" x 13" cake

  • Cake:
  • One 16 oz. package dates, pitted, and chopped in small pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups walnuts, chopped (chop them to your size preference, I prefer chopping them into small pieces)
  • Frosting:
  • 2 8-ounce packages chilled cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the cake:

1. Prepare your cake pan with baking spray or butter.

2. Mix together the first three ingredients in a heat safe bowl and allow to soak for 20 minutes covered. Add remaining cake ingredients and mix just until combined. Pour into the cake pan.

3. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 350-f degrees. Check the cake at 30 minutes and test with a toothpick. When toothpick comes out clean it should be done. Frost with prepared cream cheese frosting.

For the frosting:

1. Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until well blended. Beat in sugar, then orange peel and vanilla. If needed, cover and refrigerate until frosting is firm enough to spread, about 30 minutes.

Cake recipe from Ciao Italia. Frosting recipe from Epicurious. Sharing this recipe at the following fun link parties.


  1. Wow~ This cake looks wonderful~ I love dates and it's great to see a recipe using dates! I have got to try this delicious looking cake:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  2. It's a wonderful cake! Very popular here (without the frosting)

  3. I use to make one that you would roll up in a towel for overnight then open and frost and roll back up! Can this be done with this one??

    1. Apologies but as this was posted 7 years ago, I can't recall the texture of the cake well enough to know if it could be rolled up.


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