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Letha's Date Cake

Posted by Denise on March 28, 2012

 Lethas date cake

Letha's Date Cake is an old family recipe and after making it recently, I know why we keep it! It is sooooo good.


During Mom’s recent visit, we made some yummy things including this nostalgic Letha's  Date Cake. We were talking about foods we remembered relatives making years and years ago when Mom mentioned that she used to love this Date Cake that Letha, her grandmother, my great grandmother, used to make when Mom was a child. She said it with such longing and a sigh, so I knew it was important to her. She mentioned that it had always been one of her favorite cakes.

I told her that I thought she had included the recipe in a family cookbook she put together for us back in the 1980’s. We pulled the little cookbook out and yup, the recipe was there. So we decided to make it. I mean, how much more of a hint could we get? It was meant to be!J

It was so much fun making this easy cake with my mom, who has such sweet memories of it. With the exception of dates, I had all of the ingredients in the cupboard. When it came out of the oven, we waited as long as we could (about ten minutes! Patience isn’t one of our virtues when cake is on the line.) then we dove in. The cake was moist and luscious, tasting slightly like dates. Glenn, who isn’t a big fan of most cakes, loved it and couldn’t resist a bite here and there all day long.

Be prepared, although the batter is light in color when it is first mixed up, it turns quite dark when baked. This is normal, so there is nothing wrong when that happens. The recipe makes a smaller sized cake so use a 8” square or round pan.




Letha's Date Cake




 letha's date cake ingredients



One 8” cake, 6 to 8 medium pieces



cup dates, chopped into small pieces


cup hot water


tablespoons butter


cup white all purpose flour


cup white sugar


teaspoon baking soda





1.    Pre-heat oven to 3250 F. Grease an 8” ovenproof pan.


2.    Place the chopped dates into a bowl and pour the hot water over the dates. Soak for 30 minutes to plump dates up.


dates and butter with water in bowl 


3.    After the 30 minute soak, add all of the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and stir everything together well. Pour into the greased pan.

 mixing all ingredients in bowl

batter in pan


4.    Put pan into the oven and bake for 45 to 60 minutes, until center sets up and the cake turns dark brown, but does not burn and a toothpick poked into the center comes out clean. Serve warm or room temperature.

letha's date cake baked



 Letha's date cake in blue bowl 2


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