Thursday, August 4, 2011

Dates And Sunflower Seed Cake

See far, see near and see around; huge varieties of dates during this Ramadan month. I couldn't resist buying a pack, not the exclusive and expensive ones but within an affordable price range. I nibbled on a few pieces , there after the rest were nicely wrapped up again and left in the fridge.

Considering that none were keen in finishing off the dates, I put on my thinking cap. I was aware, I knew and I've heard about date cakes, thus why not bake??? Without trying to be a big hero and within my capabilities, I sure did; a simple cake alongside with sunflower seeds for its goodness, nutty and crunchy bites. Sugar; definitely minimal because dates are already quite sweet, all the more we don't really fancy overly sweet stuffs. Oh boy!! I was glad that everyone agreed; "just the right amount of sweetness'. 

110g dates - remove seeds and chopped
30g roasted sunflower seeds
3 eggs - separate the yolks and the whites
130g butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups + 3 tbsp all purpose flour 
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
Rub dates with the 3 tbsp of flour to prevent it from sticking together.
Keep aside.
Beat butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add eggs; one at a time and essence and continue beating.
In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda and baking powder. 
Alternately, fold flour mixture and milk into the beaten ingredients until smooth.
Beat egg whites to a soft peak.
Gently fold in cake mixture alongside with dates and and sunflower seeds.
Pour/tip mixture into a greased baking pan.  
Bake at 175c for 40 mins or until the cake is done.
Remove from oven.
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  1. This looks absolutely delicious, what a great recipe! :)

  2. wow this is very creative! wonder how it tastes like.. hehe..

  3. looks so yummy. LOve this type of cake but hard t find and if found, will be pricey in bakery

  4. This looks delicious! I love dates and the idea of paring with sunflower seeds sounds amazing! What a perfect cake that isn't too sweet!

  5. Appreciate all the comments everyone and it did not cost me much, maybe around RM15.00 for all the ingredients.

  6. Helmi - my hubby and me are not into cakes or desserts but those who tasted it gave me the thumbs up for the taste.

  7. Wow! that sounds delicious! I love sunflower seeds and usually I eat them as snack. Now I have to find it from the market to try your recipe!
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  8. I wana eat eat right now!! God please send me some ^_^

  9. Smart, Nava! I like how you've incorporated the ingredients into your bake.


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