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March 14, 2013

I’ve been a little concerned that our lovely Brazilian language student, Katrine,  might succumb to hypothermia before the week’s out, but today it was above freezing and the sun was out and the sky was blue – for part of the day at least. This doesn’t mean that it’s not way colder than it ought to be, but there’s hope.date-cake4

To celebrate I thought I’d make a variation of a sticky toffee date cake adding cocoa. Arlo doesn’t like sticky toffee date cake because of the dates (strange child) so I thought I could try and fool him into believing there were no dates. I cooked and pureed them so that they were really quite innocuous. The ploy would have worked with any other child I’m sure…

However, I’ve made too many cakes with strange ingredients in it seems (not that dates are strange cake ingredients)  and my youngest child is wise to this: we played the “guess the ingredients” game. Foolishly, I said that if he guessed right, I’d tell him the mystery ingredient so when he guessed dates  I was honour bound to reveal all.date-puree

Arlo only grudgingly ate a piece of cake and he smothered it with cream.  Don’t be guided by him. It’s a really good cake.

Soak 6oz chopped dates in a cup of black coffee (I use real not instant, but I don’t suppose it matters) for a couple of hours and then cook them until they are very soft. Mash with a fork (or puree them in a blender) and set aside.

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date-cake2date-cake3Into a bowl put 3 oz very soft butter, 4oz soft brown sugar and two eggs. Beat well. Fold in 4oz self raising flour.  Add 1oz cocoa and the cooled dates and stir. pile into an 8″ lined cake tin and bake at 180c for 25 mins – or until it looks done.

While it’s in the oven, put 3oz butter and 3oz sugar in a pan and heat till dissolved, stirring all the time. When the sugar’s fully melted and not gritty add about 60 mls of cream and stir well until it thickens. Pour this over the cake immediately it comes out of the oven. Cut into squares and serve warm. With cream.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 15, 2013 1:28 pm

    Wow! What can I say, your bakes look so amazing!

  2. March 15, 2013 9:43 pm

    Oh dear – I think Husb will scoff this in one 🙂

  3. March 16, 2013 10:40 pm

    Everyone says that in England people do not eat good food! But in Katie’s house, I don’t miss Brazilian food! Thank you katie! Delicious foods!!! Congratulations!

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