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Date Walnut Coffee Cake

A delicious Date Walnut Coffee Cake that goes perfectly with a cup of coffee anytime of the year.
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Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings: 10 slices
Author: Nisha @ honeywhatscooking slightly adapted from Creative Culinary


  • <b>soak</b>
  • 2 cups dates chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup fresh hot coffee
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  • <b>dry ingredients</b>
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp salt
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  • <b>Wet Ingredients</b>
  • 3 tbsp grass-fed unsalted butter
  • 1 organic egg
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla
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  • <b>Add Ins</b>
  • 1 cup walnuts dry roasted & chopped
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  • <b>Coffee Buttercream</b>
  • 3 tbsp grass-fed unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp instant coffee granules
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 3-4 tbsp hot coffee start with 3 and add more if need be
  • 1/4 cup walnuts dry roasted & chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.</br>
  • Butter a loaf pan and line with parchment paper. You should use parchment paper for this recipe for easy pullout.</br></br>
  • Dry roast walnuts on low-medium heat. Once you smell the aroma of the nuts, and they start to brown, turn off the stove. Roast 1 1/4 cups of walnuts, and reserve 1/4 cup for later.</br></br>
  • Add the chopped dates to hot coffee.</br></br>
  • Stir and let it sit for 15 mins so the dates soak up the coffee.</br></br>
  • In a medium size bowl, combine all the dry ingredients mentioned above. Stir and set aside.</br></br>
  • In a separate large bowl, combine the butter and sugar from the wet ingredients list.</br></br>
  • Beat for 3 minutes minimum until the butter and sugar combine.</br></br>
  • Now add the egg and vanilla.</br></br>
  • Mix until creamy and the result is a mocha color.</br></br>
  • Now alternate between adding the dry ingredients and coffee/dates mixture in 3 batches. Start with the dry. Beat with an electric mixer until combined, DO NOT OVER MIX.</br></br>
  • Then add the coffee/dates mixture. Again, beat with an electric mixer until combined, do not over mix.</br></br>
  • Add the chopped walnuts and fold.</br></br>
  • Pour the batter into the baking loaf.</br></br>
  • Into the oven for 55-60 minutes. I baked mine for 60 minutes.</br></br>
  • Now make the coffee buttercream. Combine all the ingredients into a large bowl.</br></br>
  • This should be the result. To make it more liquidy like a glaze, add more coffee. To make it more like frosting, add 3 tbsp of hot coffee and let the buttercream sit for 10 minutes before you frost. it will thicken up as it sits.</br></br>
  • Cake is out of the oven. Let it cool completely before frosting or glazing.</br></br>
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