Date Orange Cake made with bananas and warm spices and topped with orange glaze and walnuts, doesn’t it sound just perfect!
I love baking with dates and bananas, I reckon they make a perfect baked cake or a quick bread or muffins. I bake this combination quite a lot but this time I wanted to try some different flavours and since I had too many oranges in my fridge, I decided to give this combination a go.
Some might say this is a completely whacky combination but trust me, with all those warm winter spices all the flavours worked really well!
Date orange Cake flavoured with banana and orange glaze!
I seldom eat sweets and this orange glaze is something delightful and addictive. If you are a sweet tooth, you can add it, however, since my dates were quite sweet next time I might skip it. The banana adds an incredible softness to this cake and gives a nice texture too!
Date orange cake with walnut and coffee, a combination made in heaven!
After baking this cake, I tried it with tea and coffee and I have got to say it pairs beautifully with coffee especially with Nespresso Caramelito! If you are tea drinker, I would suggest pairing it with earl grey tea. These are my favourite brands for teas. Whittard tea Chelsey, Tea Pigs and Harney & Sons.
If you are a sweet tooth and a baker then try these recipes: Banana date cake with lotus biscuit topping.
So let’s get to the recipe!
Date orange cake
- Stand mixer or hand mixer or whisk and a bowl
- 200 g plain flour all-purpose flour
- 120 g pitted dates chopped
- 1 tsp baking soda for dates
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 riped banana mashed
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 15 ml cointreau or orange juice
- 170 g unsalted butter softened
- 75 g white sugar please add 100g if you prefer this cake on a sweeter side.
- 50 g muscavado sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp each ginger, cinnamon and cardamom powder
- 1/4 tsp all-spice powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup cream
- 50 g chopped walnuts optional
- Place the pitted dates with soda in a bowl and add boiled water. Keep it for 10 minutes till the dates are nice and mushy. Transfer the bowl to the fridge to cool it dowm
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Coat the inside of the bundt tin/pan and keep it aside.
- Mix the flour with baking powder, all the spices and salt.
- Place butter and sugars in a standing mixer bowl and beat it with a paddle attachment till its fluffy. Add 1 egg at a time and continue to beat it till light.
- Now add in the mashed banana, orange zest and cointreau. Mix it well.
- Add the flour in 3 batches, and mix it combine. Do not over mix.
- Add in the cream and mix it well.
- Pour the batter in the coated tin. Sprinkle the walnuts on the top.
- Bake it in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or till the toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
- After the cake is baked, let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then transfer it to wire rack.
- If you desire then pour the orange juice and sugar glaze on the top. Serve with coffee.
For orange glaze:
- Mix 1 cup powdered sugar in 2 tbsp orange juice. Whisk it well. Add 1/2 tsp melted butter and whisk it well. Pour the glaze on the cake before serving.