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Orange Date-Nut Cake

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Orange Date-Nut Cake


1 cup softened butter or margarine
4 cups sugar, divided
4 large eggs
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ cups buttermilk
1 pack (8 oz) powdered dates with sugar
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
4 teaspoons grated orange zest, divided
1 cup orange juice

To make

Orange-date-nut cake is the perfect holiday dessert. Citrus fruits add brightness to the dessert, while candied dates add sweetness, and pecans add a crunchy taste.
Beat the butter on medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups of sugar, beating well. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating until smooth after each addition.Combine the flour and baking soda; add to the butter mixture alternately with the buttermilk, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Beat on low speed until smooth after each addition. Add the dates, pecans, and 2 teaspoons of orange zest. Pour the batter into a 10-inch diameter greased and floured baking dish.Bake at 350 ° C for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a wooden stick inserted in the middle comes out clean.Bring the orange juice, remaining sugar, and remaining zest to a boil in a saucepan; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.Carefully run the knife around the edge of the cake; punch holes in the cake with a wooden pickaxe. Drizzle the warm cake with icing. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack.
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  Published: 11/20/2023 7:50 PM

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