Maple date cake with orange glaze

Maple date cake with orange glaze


Three things inspired me to make this cake. One: I found fresh dates at the farmers market, which I have never seen in the U.S. before. (They grow in Palm Springs). Two: I have recently returned from a trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi where I constantly ate dates, fresh and dried. Three: I had just been out to dinner at an amazing restaurant where we split of a delicious date cake. I wondered immediately if I could replicate the date cake when I saw the dates at the market. I have never made anything using fresh dates. I hadn’t even eaten any before my trip to UAE. I wanted to make this cake a vegan cake free of refined sugars. I have never done one before without following a recipe, so I must have been in the mood for livin’ on the edge. Thankfully, it turned out to be pretty moist, dense, and well, pretty awesome.


Maple date cake with orange glaze

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 1 hr
  • Difficulty: Caveman
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Ingredients (Serves 6-8)

  • 1 c. pitted dates, chopped
  • 2 c. water
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/3 c. maple syrup 
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 c. almond milk (or other non dairy milk)
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 tbsp. orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4. tsp. almond extract
  • 1 1/2 c. self rising flour
  • 2 tbsp. chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 1/2 tbsp. maple syrup


Pre-heat oven to 350 F.

Place chopped dates in a bowl and bring 2 c. of water to a boil. Pour over the dates and add 1 tsp. baking soda. Set aside until tender.

In a large bowl, beat the ingredients from the maple syrup to the almond extract with a hand mixer.

Add the flour 1/2 c. at a time, beating until well combined.

Drain the water from the dates and add to cake mixture. Reserve a scant 1/4 c. to top the cake.

Grease a cake pan with coconut oil. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. Stick a toothpick, cake tester or fork into the middle of the cake and if it comes out clean, it is done. Poke a few toothpick sized holes in the cake for the glaze.

Top the cake with remaining dates.

Combine the orange juice, zest and maple syrup in a bowl and pour over cake.