Easy cake, no mess : Cardamom Date Cake - Rethink Central

Easy cake, no mess : Cardamom Date Cake

by | Nov 11, 2013 | Cake, One Bowl Ebook Recipe

“Sure, you may need to dress it up a little if you wanted to serve it for a dinner party”
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Rethink Retreats is always on the lookout for delicious healthy cakes.

And even better ones that are easy to make as well. So when we developed this recipe, we were knew it would make it straight into our latest cake book: Easy Cakes, No Mess.

That’s right; we’re releasing another one. We couldn’t help ourselves; after all, the popularity of our first book, Cake! 12 healthy recipes, was overwhelming. Amazon best seller in the Cake section, we’ll have you know

If you’re looking for a copy of our first recipe book, drop your email in the box to the right and we’ll send you a 4 free recipes from the boo – or as we think of it a ‘slice of Cake!’  (See what we did there?)

All of the recipes in the book focus on healthy ingredients, so you can enjoy your cake without any guilt.

When you’re in the mood for the other 8 recipes, swing over to Amazon and download it for just a few dollars.

But, if you want a taste of or latest book right now, why not try this perfect anytime cake? Sure, you may need to dress it up a little if you wanted to serve it for a dinner party, but this is the kind of that covers any occasion. You’ll want to make this over and over again; handy that it requires almost no energy to create

And the cardamom adds a depth and sophistication that is surprising and rather fabulous. Plus thanks to the dates, it is very moist.

The sliced almonds look terrific sprinkled on the top of this cake, but don’t worry if you’ve only got walnuts – they work wonderfully, as well.



Makes: 1 square cake

70 g (2 1/2 oz) Butter, softened
200 g (7 oz) Brown sugar
1 cup Applesauce – or one raw apple, cored and blended with a little water
1 tsp Vanilla
3 med Eggs
250 g (9 oz) Plain flour
1 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp Ground cardamom
½ tsp Salt
½ tsp Cinnamon
¾ cup Dates, pitted and roughly chopped

For the baked topping

2 tbsp Butter
40 g (1 1/2 oz) Sliced almonds
3 tbsp Plain flour
3 tbsp Brown sugar


Preheat your oven to 160ºC (325ºF, Gas mark 3). Grease and line a square cake tin.

To make the cake, combine the butter, sugar, apples, vanilla, and eggs in a mixing bowl. Stir in the remaining ingredients, except the dates, until ingredients are mixed (some lumps are alright, as long as everything is combined). Fold in the dates and pour into your prepared cake pan.

For the topping (which is added before baking), place your butter in a medium (microwave-safe bowl) melt in the microwave; it should only need about 10-15 seconds. Add in the remaining ingredients. Mix together with your hands and, sprinkle over your cake.

Place the entire cake in the oven and bake for 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan before slicing.


Once you’ve fallen in love with this cake, try out these other delicious cakes. There are two recipes from the new book sneaked out early to share their goodness and an old favourite from Cake!:

Easy cake, no mess : Shortbread fingers
Easy cake, no mess : Carrot and ginger cake
Cake! Lemon and Lavender Drizzle Cake

And do please share your own favourite recipes below… we’d love to hear from you.

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