Mrs. Claus' Cookbook - Orange Date-Nut Cake

Orange Date-Nut Cake

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From the kitchen of CJ Weeks

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Recipe Details

Bake Time:
60-70 minutes
12-16 servings
Contains nuts, Good for parties/potlucks


1 cup butter or margarine, softened
4 cups sugar, divided
4 large eggs
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 package (8 ounce) chopped sugared dates
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
4 teaspoons grated orange rind, divided
1 cup orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan.

  3. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy.

  4. Gradually add 2 cups sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.

  5. Combine flour and baking soda; add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition.

  6. Stir in dates, pecans, and 2 teaspoons orange rind.

  7. Pour batter into prepared pan.

  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

  9. Bring orange juice, remaining sugar and remaining rind to a boil in a saucepan; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.

  10. Gently, run a knife around the edge of the cake; punch holes in the cake with a wooden pick.

  11. Drizzle glaze over warm cake. Let cool in pan on a wire rack.


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