Walnut, date & honey cake

Walnut, date & honey cake

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(64 ratings)

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 eggs, beaten



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

  • 2 medium, ripe bananas, 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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1st Oct, 2012
Have tried this recipe twice - followed it to the letter both times (fan oven at 140) and both times had to leave it in for well over the hour. ... and the inside was still solid and uncooked. The top sank so it looked (and felt!) like a house brick!! Such a shame as the flavour is good. No idea what I'm doing wrong so sadly won't be making it again.
23rd Sep, 2012
Wow! I have never baked much in my life, but the Great British Bake Off got me inspired this weekend so I tried this recipe. So easy to make and so delicious. I put a little less honey based on a previous comment and it's perfect, not too sweet. Delicious!!!!
6th Jul, 2012
Lovely cake but I also had problems with it being under cooked! 140 seems a v low temp for a loaf-cake.
24th Jun, 2012
Yum! Very easy to make as ingredients all mixed at same time! Had to cook it for an extra 20 mins but all ovens differ! Thumbs up from hubby so will be definately making this again!
23rd Jun, 2012
Beautifully moist and moorish! However, when preparing it, I found the mixture to be far too stiff and used three eggs instead of two (eggs in Dubai are on the smaller side anyway) and it came out perfectly. Following recommendations, I mixed half the walnuts into the batter and sprinkled the other half on top. Will definitely make this again when I need to use up bananas!
12th May, 2012
So easy loved it ! I replaced the wheat flour with self raising rice flour... as I am wheat intolerant - still fantastic !
2nd Apr, 2012
Made this cake without the bananas and mixed the walnuts into the cake with just a few on top. Tasted very nice and will be making again
11th Mar, 2012
I am afraid I had problems with this cake, flavour is nice, although a bit too sweet, but it was very under cooked even though I left it for longer than stated. Very stodgy and too moist. Not sure where I went wrong, never happened before with a banana cake.
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2nd Feb, 2012
Honestly, some of the comments on here astound me, can some people not actually cook? One says I left the butter out - thats one of the first things to do, another doesn't like walnuts or bananas - then why make the cake in the first place!!!! For me it was excellent, I love baking and this is very easy, I had all of the ingredients in the cupboard, very moist, because of the banana, and the dates give it just the right amount of sweetness, will definately make again.
29th Jan, 2012
Really delicious and so easy, although I might try putting in walnuts in the mix rather than just on top next time. Would definitely make this again!


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