Walnut, date & honey cake

Walnut, date & honey cake

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 10 mins


Cuts into 8-10 slices
A tea-time treat - packed with sweet honey. A great way to use up those ripe bananas too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving for eight

  • kcal440
  • fat24g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs54g
  • sugars25g
  • fibre1.5g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 225g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 175g softened butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 3 tbsp clear honey
  • 2 egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 2 medium, ripe banana, about 250g/9oz total weight in their skins



    Probably the best known, most popular tropical fruit, their name probably derives from the…

  • 100g stoned dates



    Dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits - it's thought that they were a staple part of…

  • 50g pack walnut pieces



    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…


  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/Gas 3/fan oven 140C. Line the base and long sides of a 900g/2lb loaf tin with greaseproof paper, buttering the tin and paper.

  2. Tip the flour, cinnamon, butter, sugar, 2 tablespoons of the honey and the eggs into a large mixing bowl. Mash the bananas and chop the dates (kitchen scissors are easiest for this) and add to the bowl. Beat the mixture for 2-3 minutes, using a wooden spoon or hand-held mixer, until well blended.

  3. Spoon into the prepared tin and level the top. Scatter the walnut pieces over. Bake for 1 hour, then lightly press the top – it will feel firm if cooked. If not, bake for a further 10 minutes.

  4. Cool for 15 minutes, then lift out of the tin using the paper. When cold, drizzle the remaining honey over. Cut into thick slices.

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Comments (103)

fonduella's picture

I suspect that something was wrong with Charlie11505's oven as although her comments gave me concern, my cake came out perfect - 160° for 60 minutes - and I can normally balls up the simplest of recipes. I took Elaine's advice and left off the third spoon of honey over the top and it was enough sweet without. I did, however, manage to make my electric whisk smoke but that's hardly the recipe's fault.

aimps_t's picture

Delicious. The cake is very moist and not too sweet. I couldn't wait for it to cool before eating which meant I forgot to drizzle the honey over the top but it doesn't make any less tasty!

johanneb's picture

what a delicious cake - a well balanced flavour, not too much banana. I'm not a very confident cake maker, but had loads of over ripe bananas and really didn't want to waste them, so had nothing to loose. My husband and son are fierce critics and they loved it with ice cream, even threatening to cut a second slice straight away! I made a couple of alterations as I didn't have every ingredient in the cupboard; substituting sultanas for the dates and almond flakes for the walnuts. The texture didn't seem altered negatively and the cake tasted just the right sweetness. I did however add a teaspoon of baking powder as some reviews said it was a heavy cake. it was perfectly light.

mussett's picture

Thoroughly delicious, it's almost all gone with a little help from my boyfriend and I only made it yesterday! I substituted walnuts for pecans and only had one banana but with the tasty New Zealand honey it turned out very well. Also went by the recommendations and added the nuts to the mixture and a few on top minus the honey as I thought it would be sweet enough as it indeed was. I'll be making it again for sure.

claumark's picture

Tried this out for friends last night. Swapped the butter for sunflower oil which worked very well....lovely moist cake which went down a treat.....will definitely try it again.

chissie's picture

This is a really brilliant cake, very moist and with a beautiful taste. I have been asked for this recipe many times.

lydiamaria50's picture

27 July 2010

I have made this cake twice already and it goes down very well.
I put flaked almonds on top, as some people are not too keen on Walnuts.
First time I forgot to put the honey on top but it still tastes just as nice.
Also, can be made in a 8inch loose bottomed tin.

ladyinred1100's picture

Hi Made this lovely cake several times Seems to come out different each time but all good. I don't stir in the chopped dates until after whisking as I prefer them 'chunky' I love walnuts so add a few to the cake mix with the dates as well as sprinkle on top
I also add extra cinnamon as I love the flavour
Have been asked for the recipe so must be good

fruitymuffin's picture

Ok, wouldn't make again, i've tasted better banana cakes, etc. Just lacked something to make it special

mhwoodward's picture

This cake is just sooo good! I made this for the first time a couple of days ago and will be making it again very soon as it has proved very popular with my husband and mum. It did come out a bit heavy in the middle, but used a silicone tin for the 1st time instead of a metal one. Wondering if that could be the reason - perhaps I should have let it cook for a little longer.

nikki2008's picture

i found this quit dry

Vegirl's picture

Everyone raved about this cake. Really good.

jaynecwright's picture

Made this cake as my mum said it was good.She was right.
Only added one banana as my 4 year old ate the other with out asking, and it still turned out nice and moist.
Do not like nuts, so left them off .May add a sprinkle of brown sugar to the honey topping next time.
This cake would make a great teatime cake and served warm would make it gone down a treat.
I mixed the cake by hand, but next time I will try with the electric mixer (to add some air) to see if this will make the cake rise a little more .It stayed the same height as when I added it to the oven.

nanajan's picture

loved this cake, and its sooo easy to make.. I mixed the walnuts into the mixture and it was yummie . I have made it again.for the weekend , also I have sent the recipe on to my daughter in canada.

paula-m's picture

Very simple and absolutely delicious!

kfenton01's picture

Wonderful! Light, tasty - the best 'loaf' I have baked in a long time. I left in for a further 10 mins which seemed to do the trick. Mixed some walnuts in with the mixture rather than all on top. Didnt have muscavado sugar so just used caster sugar and it was fine. Didnt have dates, had dried cherries instead and they were lovely in it. Got thumbs up from hubby too so we are onto a winner here.

claireatkinson's picture

Yummy and moist (in fact all most to moist). I used mixed nuts as i had them already in the cupboard.

chitrabhatia's picture

Love this cake. Heat it and serve with some ice cream or delicious with tea. this cake is warm, spicy and sweet with a crunchy topping. the perfect comfort after a long day. YUMMY

oliviafair's picture

Great favourite - so easy, I make it all the time!

gotulwa's picture

Being a working women and mother of one year old daughter i now adays look for recipes which are easy delicious and not time consuming. This recipe is so simple quick and very delicious, family and friends at work loved it. Made it twice to gift my friends. Good for tea time at job. i found it a little too sweet so i reduce the amount of sugar and i didnt drizzle the honey over as its already very moist.


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