Sticky Date Cake


Sticky Date Cake

Can you believe that I have spent two years of my life thinking of this cake?? Yes, I have been wanting to bake a sticky date cake with butterscotch sauce for a couple of years now, and that is not even an exaggeration because I might have under calculated the number of years.

It could have been 3 or even 4 years prior to this.

I have never baked a date cake nor have I eaten one either. I can’t believe that this Sticky Date Cake has never existed in my whole 18 years of living! Okay did I say 18? Erm…that is not my real age, it’s just the age that I tell people.

Moving on…

If there is one dessert I have to choose, It would be ice cream. I CAN eat ice cream every day, but I DON’T. Stop judging me. These bulges have nothing to do with ice cream, but I have to say that this cake is best eaten with a scoop or many scoops of vanilla ice cream.

The weather has been kinda chilly in the nights. Who would have thought that Singapore is capable of making you put on a pair of socks in the nights? Surprise us more Singapore. Perhaps you can start snowing?

Chilly weather + black cardigan with pink trimmings + a small plate in hand, that consists of a large slice of the date cake swimming in the butterscotch sauce. That’s the life for me. Warm, quivery desserts are perfect for this kind weather. <3

Sticky Date Cake

Some of you might be thinking, dates?? Eww they look like cockroaches! No, really, thanks!! Time for some general knowledge people!

Benefits of Dates:

  • Dates are the perfect food for those who suffer from constipation.
  • The significant amounts of minerals found in dates make it a super food for strengthening bones and fighting off painful and debilitating diseases like osteoporosis.
  • Dates are rich in natural sugars, therefore, they are the perfect snack for an immediate burst of energy. If you are feeling lethargic in the middle of a day, a couple of these might just help you!
  • Dates are rich source of protein, dietary fiber and rich in vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B5 along with vitamin A1 and C.

Even after all this, your brain is still blending in “but I don’t like dates….”?

Sticky Date Cake

Well, you are in for a surprise my friend. None of my family members even realized that there were dates in the cake!! My brother thought there were bananas in there. Truthfully, you can’t really taste the dates in this cake at all. So do not worry about hating the taste of this cake, cause I personally feel that you wouldn’t detest this cake at all. I used medjool dates for the cake but you can actually use any other variety.

This cake is good and it is mildly sweet since I didn’t drench it with too much sauce. If you want yours to be oozing with caramel, feel free to ladle a whole pile of sauce over your cake! The only modification I would make to this would be to bake it in a bigger pan. The cake was a tad too high. I would have chosen it to be less tall, so that the sauce can actually seep through the cake. The sauce is very good and it should reach every corner of the cake. Not that it is such a big issue, since you can serve some sauce in a jug, by the side for you to drizzle on your cake and some leftover sauce for you to lick off your fingers. 

This melt-in-your-mouth cake was comforting. It is the kind of food that makes you wanna curl up on the sofa with your loved ones or just your dog/cat. I had mine with my beloved ice cream. I might be the only one in the world that describes ice cream as a beloved one. #idunchcare

This Sticky Date Cake is a good homey and delicious dessert that everyone would love and I have seen so many of these perfect looking cakes on the web since the dawn of Pinterest. Btw guys, did you know that you can follow Maya Kitchenette on Pinterest too?

Time to stalk me over there people! 😀


Sticky Date Cake

Sticky Date Cake
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 8
For the cake
  • 275 g medjool dates (seeded)
  • 310 ml boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 50 g butter
  • 110 g brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 150 g self-raising flour
For the sauce
  • 150 g brown sugar
  • 300 ml cream
  • 80 g salted butter
  1. Preheat oven to moderate (180C/160Cfan).
  2. Grease deep 20cm round cake pan; line base with baking paper.
  3. Combine dates and the water in food processor. Stir in soda and keep aside. .
  4. Cream butter and sugar till creamy.
  5. Add eggs and vanilla essence.
  6. Mix in dates.
  7. Fold in flour and pour mixture into pan.
  8. Bake, uncovered, about 1 hour.
For the sauce
  1. Make butterscotch sauce by stirring ingredients in small saucepan over low heat until sauce is smooth and thickened slightly.
To assemble
  1. Once cake is out of the oven, poke some holes in the cake using a skewer.
  2. Drizzle ½ cup of the warm sauce over the cake. Reserve the rest of the sauce to top the cake with when ready to serve.Pour half of the sauce over the cake.



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  1. Roy says:

    That drizzle!!

  2. Maya says:

    Imagine it over ice cream!!

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