Pamela Dalley's fruity date cake

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date walnut cake slice fruity
date walnut cake slice fruity
  • Serves: 8-10

This traditional fruit cake recipe is always a big success for Pamela Dalley.


  • 100g (4oz) butter
  • 225g (8oz) self-raising flour
  • 100g (4oz) soft dark brown sugar
  • 75g (3oz) sultanas
  • 1 medium banana, mashed in 150ml (1/4 pint) water
  • Handful of dried dates, chopped
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2tbsp milk
  • Walnut halves, to decorate

The cake will keep for a week wrapped in cling film in an airtight container.


  1. In a large bowl, rub the butter and flour together until they resemble breadcrumbs.
  2. Mix in the sugar, sultanas, banana and dates. Add the eggs and milk.
  3. Pour the mixture into a greased 20cm (8in) round cake tin. Decorate with the walnut halves.
  4. Bake at Gas 4/180°C/350°F for 45 mins, or until a skewer comes out nearly clean (it will always stick a bit because of the dates).
  5. Allow to cool for 10 mins in the tin before turning out.

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