British Date and Walnut Loaf Cake

This is an easy recipe to follow and it's great for any occasion.

It's a very moist loaf cake, ideally cut into slices and buttered. It keeps very well in an airtight container - it usually doesn't last longer than a day in my house before it's all gone! 

This cake considered one of the traditional foods of Britain. It is usually made in a dark brown color. It is made in many, many British homes, and of course it is served in a number of cafes.
It was first created as a recipe in 1939 and is still used today.
British Date and Walnut Loaf Cake British Date and Walnut Loaf Cake
  • Serves
  • Prep
  • Cook
    1 h
  • Ready In
    1 h 40 m
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Method for British Date and Walnut Loaf Cake

  • 1
    Place dates and margarine in a bowl with boiling water and baking soda. Gently mix with a wooden spoon until margarine has melted and dates are plumped up. Let cool to room temperature, at least 30 minutes.
  • 2
    Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a 2-pound loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • 3
    Combine flour, brown sugar, and walnuts in a separate bowl. Add to bowl with the date mixture. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Add egg and mix in. Spoon mixture into the prepared pan.
  • 4
    Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 60 to 75 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.


  • 4 ounces pitted chopped dates
  • 2 ounces margarine
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 ounces self-rising flour
  • 6 ounces brown sugar
  • 2 ounces chopped walnuts
  • 1 egg, beaten
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