Low-fat sticky date cake

  • 20 mins preparation
  • 40 mins cooking
  • Serves 8
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Low-fat sticky date cake
  • 200 gram packet pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 90 gram low-fat dairy spread
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pecans
  • 1 cup light evaporated milk
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon cornflour
  • few drops vanilla extract


Low-fat sticky date cake
  • 1
    Preheat oven to moderate, 180°C. Lightly grease and line a 20cm round cake pan with baking paper.
  • 2
    Place dates and bicarbonate of soda in a small saucepan. Pour water over and bring back to the boil on high heat. Stir well, remove from heat and set aside to cool for about 10 minutes.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat spread and sugar together. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
  • 4
    Fold half flour into the creamed mixture with half dates and liquid. Fold in remaining flour and date mixture.
  • 5
    Pour into pan, sprinkle with nuts. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until cooked when tested with a skewer. Serve warm pudding with warm sauce(or have them both at room temperature, if preferred).
  • 6
    In a medium saucepan, combine evaporated milk, sugar, corn-flour and vanilla, stirring until smooth. Continue stirring on medium heat until boiling. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1-2 minutes, until thickened slightly. Serve warm sauce with warm pudding (or have them both at room temperature, if preferred).


Add some extra chopped walnuts or pecans to cake mixture if desired - but remember this will increase the fat content. Light evaporated milk, thickened with cornflour, can be substituted for cream in many dishes, sweet and savoury.

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