Eggless Wholegrain Date Cake

Last month my sister was with us for a week. After her marriage, we get to meet twice or thrice in a year though we talk on the phone almost every day. Sisters share such special bond. There is always so much to talk about, so much to share and discuss that any amount of time seems less. We gave her a surprise by celebrating her birthday though it was a month away. I baked a Dates Cake for her.

Eggless Wholegrain Date Cake


  • 20 dates
  • ½ cup sugar (powdered)
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (atta)
  • ½ cup olive oil (canola oil or sunflower oil will also do)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts or almonds and a handful of chopped dates.


  1. Remove seeds from the dates and soak them in warm milk for about 3 hours. The dates should swell and become very soft. 
  2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and line one 6.5 inch cake pan. If you are using a bundt pan, grease generously and dust with flour so as to coat the pan evenly.
  3. Blend dates and milk in the mixer till you get a smooth mixture. 
  4. Pour this mixture in a pan. Add oil and sugar and mix well.  
  5. Sieve together flour and baking soda. Add it slowly to the milk, dates, oil and sugar mixture. Mix well. Fold in chopped walnuts.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. 
  7. Add chopped dates on top and bake in a preheated oven  for 35 minutes till a skewer inserted in the cake comes out clean.

Dates cake is a very soft cake with a unique flavour and sweetness of dates. 
My notes:
I used whole wheat flour. This cake can also be made with all purpose flour. The dates make the cake very sweet. The quantity of sugar can also be adjusted according to taste.

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  1. Today I tried this cake, I also put some pieces of dates ( soaked in milk ) in the batter.......too good. I wish I could send you a picture of the cake......thanks a lot for the recipe

  2. Hello Jyothi,
    I am so happy that you enjoyed baking the cake and it came out well. Great idea to have added dates to the batter. I will also add some dates when I bake this cake.
    Love, Namita

  3. I tried this recipe, It was very very good. I add one grated carrot in the batter.
    Do you have any whole wheat carrot cake recipe. I tried some recipes and didn't workout.

  4. Hello! I am happy that you liked the cake. I have made a whole wheat carrot cake. Please check the "cakes" section. I hope it helps. If you have a recipe of carrot cake, swipe all purpose flour with whole wheat flour. The cake will come out well.

  5. Hey Namita,

    Is it possible to use Avocado pulp instead of butteR?

    1. Hi! baking is all about experimenting. Some experiments work out so well that a new recipe is born and you become a recipe inventor. Please go ahead with this idea. I am sure it will work well. Happy Baking!

  6. Yes, you may. Get the right consistency of the batter. Start with 1 and 1/4 cup of milk. Add another 1/4 cup only if required.

  7. Hi..Thanks for the recipe..I see that you have only added baking soda and no baking powder.
    Can I add both?

    1. Hello, This recipe has baking soda. I have baked this several times and it always came out soft with no perceptible smell of soda. However, you may take 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp baking soda. Happy Baking!