date and walnut cake recipe | eggless date and walnut cake

an easy and light date walnut cake. vegan and eggless recipe.
4.84 from 42 votes

date and walnut cake recipe – a very easy and tasty recipe. even a beginner in baking can make this cake easily.

date walnut cake, date walnut cake recipe

dates & walnut cake has always been a favorite. during christmas or easter. we would always buy the cakes ready from the bakeries. the eggless dates walnut coffee cake i had wanted to make from so long. i had dates as well as walnuts but never got to making a cake with them.

finally i made this eggless date and walnut cake and it was so good. now since i bake often, i am getting better in making cakes too. this recipe is not adapted from anywhere. i had earlier made mango cake and i chose the mango cake recipe as a base to make this date walnut cake. on the same day i had also baked a fruit bread which was also super.

dates walnut coffee cake recipe

apart from flavors of dates, walnuts, i have also added instant bru coffee. some cacao nibs also went in the cake. overall the cake was one delicious cake with a coffee and chocolaty taste.

however, adding coffee and cacao nibs are optional and you can just make the cake with walnuts and dates. but then coffee adds it own charm and flavor to the cake. you can easily add small chocolate chips in the cake instead of cacao nibs.

cacao nibs are pieces of raw cocoa beans that have been shelled and roasted. they are crunchy and taste a bit like coffee as well as chocolate. they are an excellent source of antioxidants, fibre and have a lot of nutrients.

i found them expensive, but any imported stuff will be expensive in india…. and for health reasons, i don’t mind spending some extra money.

dates walnut cake

so this eggless date and walnut cake is healthy as i also added 75% whole wheat flour in the cake and with the dates and the walnuts in it. the recipe is easy to make. even a novice in baking can make this cake and get full marks. here i have added homemade soy milk in the cake. but you can add regular milk, cashew milk or even almond milk.

so you can have your cake and eat it too!!!

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date and walnut cake

4.84 from 42 votes
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:50 mins
Total Time:1 hr 20 mins
an easy and light date walnut cake. vegan and eggless recipe.
dates walnut coffee cake recipe
Servings:1 medium size round cake

INGREDIENTS FOR date and walnut cake

(1 CUP = 250 ML)
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour (atta)
  • ½ cup all purpose flour (maida)
  • ½ cup cold pressed organic sunflower oil or any good vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup regular sugar or organic unrefined cane sugar or organic demerara sugar - adjust as per your taste preferences
  • 1 cup regular milk or soy milk or almond milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup seedless dates
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 2 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs or small chocolate chips - if adding choco chips then adjust the sugar accordingly
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla bean powder or vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt

HOW TO MAKE date and walnut cake

making date and walnut cake batter

  • chop the dates and walnuts and keep aside.
  • line or grease a cake pan.
  • then heat the milk and switch off the flame.
  • add the coffee powder and stir.
  • add the dates. stir and allow the dates to be in the milk for some 15-20 minutes or more.
  • begin the process of sieving both the whole wheat flours and all purpose flour with salt, baking soda and baking powder.
  • now you can preheat the oven to 200 degrees C/392 F.
  • take the seived flour mixture in a large bowl.
  • add the sugar & vanilla powder and mix.
  • add the soaked dates along with the milk, 1 cup water, walnuts and oil.
  • mix with an electric beater at medium to high speed till the whole batter is uniform and mixed evenly. don't overdo the mixing.
  • fold in the cacao nibs or chocolate chips.

baking date and walnut cake

  • pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan.
  • with the help of a rubber spatula remove the batter from the sides of the bowl and add it to the cake pan.
  • shake the cake pan from the sides.
  • place in the pre heated oven.
  • bake the date and walnut cake for 45 mins to 1 hour or until the a tooth pick inserted in the cake comes out clean.
  • serve the date and walnut cake warm with some tea or coffee.
  • the remaining cake can be kept in an air-tight box and refrigerated.


  • addition of coffee and cacao nibs are optional.
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227 comments/reviews

  1. Amazing is the word!! I tried this recipe. With minor changes. Used wheat only(no maida) and I put 1/4 cup sugar instead of 3/4 cup as I was making my father in law who is diabetic. Inspite of that it turned out amazing!! The best part of it was that for the first time my cake fluffed up to double the original height!!! Everyone loved it!

  2. Hi
    Tried many of your repices and they turnout very tasty.
    And going to try date and walnut cake just wanted to know if using jaggery only then what quantity should I take.
    Please reply.

  3. Hello dassana,

    This cake is awesome and I wish to try. Can u please guide me with respect to the size of baking tin used for this recipe. Also, in general, what is the most commonly used size of baking tin?


    • thanks. a 7 to 8.5 inches (diameter) pan works very well for most cake recipes and are commonly used. for this date cake recipe, the pan is a 5.5 inches (diameter) and 2.75-inches deep pan.

  4. Hi
    I just made this cake and it looks delicious. Actually i was interested in this recipe as it has a lot of healthy ingredients in it. Thanks a ton.

    • ashwini, ghee can be used. many home bakers use ghee while baking. though with ghee, the cake will get its aroma. also ghee won’t go well in all types of cakes. example ghee will change the flavor and taste of a vanilla cake and it may not taste good. but in a mawa cake or perhaps a chocolate cake, ghee can bring out the flavors more. so experimentation is needed.

  5. Hi,

    I don’t have blender will the cut & fold method work? Do I hv to mix till regular sugar melts?

    Also, any alternative for sugar?

    • yes cut and fold method will work. you can even mix everything gently. yes the sugar has to dissolve. the sugar will dissolve easily. you can use banana puree or apple sauce instead of sugar. avoid using honey as it becomes toxic on getting heated. you can even use jaggery powder, coconut sugar or palm sugar or palm jaggery instead of sugar.

  6. I have bought a new OTG and had some doubts before baking this cake. Do you bake the cakes using both the coils or only single coil (top or bottom)? Should we always place the tin in the middle rack for baking cakes?

    • shweta, mostly i use both the coils while baking and keep in the center rack. if i use a loaf pan which occupies more space, then i keep in the second last rack. using both the coils helps in even baking.

  7. Hi Di…I have bought an OTG just before few days…this will be my first recepie in OTG…can u plz tell me which type of baking utensils can I use in OTG? I am having aluminum moulds.. should I use it or not? I want to buy loaf pan from Amazon.. should I go for it or not? Plz guide me about OTG friendly baking utensils..I will b grateful to you…

    • samreen, i have conventional habits as far as baking pans are considered. so i usually use aluminium pans for baking. on occasions i also use glass pans which are meant for baking. but i avoid silicon or any other material and even non-stick baking pans. you can use aluminium moulds. you can buy loaf pans from amazon. check the reviews and then buy.

  8. Hello ma’am…
    I regularly visit your page and try your recipes.. And they always turn out great…
    I just have a doubt in this date and walnut cake…
    3/4th cup regular sugar means the normal regular using sugar or powdered sugar????