Date Cranberry Spiced Cake
A date cake packed with cranberries, spiced with cinnamon powder and covered with a cream cheese frosting. The cake has been in my family for years; memories came flooding back while baking it. It made me feel young again. As a kid, the most interesting part of the cake was licking some of the cream cheese frosting from the bowl and mom would give me a stern look and say: “Wait until I decorate the cake”. So apart from being delicious, the cake brings back fond memories! I even remember the awesome smell coming from the kitchen and the hard time waiting desperately for the cake to cool down!
The cake is good on its own, but I still prefer it smothered with the lazy cream cheese frosting! Oh yes!! It is good with a cup of tea!!
The cake keeps well for several days. Just keep it covered at room temperature and spread the cream cheese frosting just upon serving!
- 2 ¼ cups cake flour
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 cup oil
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 ½ cup dates, pitted and roughly chopped
- 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the cream cheese frosting:
- 400 g/14 oz. cream cheese
- 11/3 cups icing sugar
- 80 g. 1/3 cup butter, room temperature
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F and place a rack in the center of the oven.
- In a bowl, mix the flour, cinnamon powder, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
- Place sugar, oil and vanilla in a bowl. With the mixer on medium speed, beat for one minute.
- Add the eggs and beat on high speed for 1 minute.
- Add the chopped dates, walnuts and cranberries. Mix well and make sure the ingredients are incorporated.
- Fold in the flour mixture and stir well to fully incorporate.
- Grease a 30 cm/ 12 inches round baking cake tin with a teaspoon of butter, then lightly coat all sides with some flour.
- Transfer the cake batter to the greased coated tin.
- Bake for about 45-50 minutes, or until you insert a toothpick in the center of the cake and it comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven. Set aside for 15 minutes to slightly cool down.
- Carefully invert onto a flat serving dish.
To prepare the frosting:
- Place the icing sugar and cream cheese in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 1 minute.
- Add the butter and beat for another minute to obtain a smooth frosting.
- When the cake has completely cooled down, spread the frosting on the surface of the cake. The cake can be decorated with walnut halves. Enjoy!
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