Whole Wheat Dates Cake with Caramel Sauce

Dates make a great addition to cakes. Dates make the crumb moist and impart natural sweetness. Cakes with dates require very less added sugar. Dates are also a store house of minerals and vitamins.
I have used whole wheat flour in this cake. This makes the cake healthy and filling. One slice of this cake is perfect filler with a cup of steaming tea on a cold winter afternoon.   Drizzle warm caramel sauce and it becomes a lovely gooey dessert.
If you do not like a dense crumb, then substitute whole wheat flour with 1 cup all purpose flour.
For those who do not want to use eggs in cake, here are two recipes of egg less dates cake. You can enjoy them with caramel sauce.
Egg less Whole Wheat Dates and Walnut Cake
Egg less Whole Wheat Dates Cake

Whole Wheat Dates Cake With Caramel Glaze

Ingredients (Cake)

  • 1cup minus 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 250 Gms (approx 35) pitted and chopped dates
  • 100 gms butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups boiling water

Instructions (Cake)

  1. Take chopped dates in a bowl. Sprinkle baking soda, add boiling water. Stir, cover and let it rest for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, stir well, mashing some of the dates along the sides of the bowl with a ladle.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Grease one 8 inch round cake tin. Line the bottom with a parchment paper.
  3. Whisk together whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour and salt.
  4. Cream butter and sugar till fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla essence. Beat well.
  5. Add dates mix and beat well. Stir in flour mix in three rounds. Mix till evenly combined.
  6. Pour the batter in the prepared tin. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Stand for 10 minutes, turn onto wire rack to cool.

Ingredients (Caramel Sauce)

  • ½  cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 100 ml low fat cream
  • 25 Gms (¼ stick) butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence

Instructions (Caramel Sauce)

  1. Take a heavy bottom pan. Add milk and sugar. Stir till sugar dissolves.
  2. Add cream, butter and vanilla essence. Cook on medium heat. Bring it to a boil stirring constantly till the sauce becomes thick.
  3. Pour warm sauce over the cake.

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  1. Date cake with that gooey sauce looks yummy!

  2. Another wonderful and delicious share Namita :). Steve didn't think he liked dates till I started making date cakes. This one looks like it will make him swoon with joy and thankyou for the links to the eggless date cakes as well so that I can enjoy cake and tea as well :)

  3. can i use only whole wheat flour instead of 1 cup of maida.......in that case should i make in changes in the other ingredients

  4. Sure you can use whole wheat flour instead of 1 cup maida. If the batter looks very thick you may add some mik or water. Thanks!

  5. Hello Binu, yes, you may soak dates in milk.Idea is to soften the dates and get them mushy.Happy Baking!