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Date Cake (Eggless)

This is a cake recipe I got from my pachi(mom’s sister). She has an amazing collection of very easy and very tasty food. One among them is this cake. The cake mix requires hardly 2-3 steps and you will have a cake with amazing taste :).

This is one of the dishes she always prepared for any parties at her home. It became so popular that everybody started asking her for this recipe. It spread in her circle of friends and relatives like a wild fever. After a few days everybody was baking this cake at their home. There is a tradition in their family to send food items, mostly sweets or some other special dishes, to friends and relatives occasionally -once in a month or so. After this ‘cake fever’, everybody was finding this cake in the box sent to them. Finally Pachi was so bored of eating it, she had to stop baking this.

When I started baking, I prepared this once and took it to office. Again, the ‘cake fever’ was spread in the office. Everybody who tasted the cake thought I bought it from the store and was bluffing about having baked it myself!!!. So be careful when you are baking this, you might start a ‘cake fever’ again :D.

This cake tastes great when served with vanilla icecream.

18 dates(Khajoor)
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup all purpose flour or maida
1/2 cup oil
1 tea spn baking soda
1 tbl spn cashews, walnuts(optional)

PS: If you use ‘baking powder’ instead of ‘baking soda’, cake becomes a bit harder.

Soak the dates in warm milk overnight (I usually don’t soak the dates since I use the seedless dates, I just heat milk and dates for few minutes or microwave them so that dates becomes soft and help in grinding). Remove the seeds. Add sugar and grind them to a smooth paste along with the milk in which it is soaked in. Add oil and mix.
Sieve together flour and baking soda. Add the flour one table spoon at a time and mix slowly. Add the nuts and mix.

Preheat the oven at 350F. Bake the cake in a greased oven proof dish for 35-40min (or till a knife inserted in the cake comes out clean).

Makes 8 large pieces
Preparation time : 45min

Updated pictures on Feb 17th 2008 :
PS: The color of the cake largely depends on the dates used. I have made it with different varieties of dates and sometimes it turns out black and sometimes it is very light in color. So do not panic if your cake does not look exactly like mine.

In above picture, I have used buttercream icing for decoration.

One change I made this time is, I didn’t add oil. It was a bit less dense, but the taste was still great. So I think I will be baking the low calorie version, ie without oil hereafter. All other ingredients quantity remain same.

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  • mika May 27, 2006, 9:14 pm

    Hi, I really want to make this cake soon. It looks great and so fluffy.

  • tony May 27, 2006, 10:16 pm

    Looks yummy… When can i learn to bake !!!!!!

  • Srikala May 28, 2006, 1:13 am

    HI..first time visit. Nice blog and tasty posts :)

  • mamta May 28, 2006, 1:37 am

    can i use butter,instead of oil,çoz the oil i have is having a strong smell which i dnt like.any idea how to make it with butter??:(

  • Lera May 28, 2006, 6:56 am

    Shilpa, Wow, the date Cake is yummilicious……want to take a bite this instant…….:)

  • vineela krishna May 28, 2006, 1:29 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    You are increasing my baking list .
    Thnak you for the recipe and i like to do it asap.

  • Shilpa May 28, 2006, 4:54 pm

    Mika, Srikala,Lera, Vineela thanks for your comments :). Try the cake and let me know if you get ‘cake fever’.
    Tony, I feel baking is very easy compared to cooking any other food. Because if you follow the instructions properly, it hardly takes 10mins of your effort and while baking, you need not keep an eye :).
    Mamta, I haven’t tried this cake with butter. May be you can give it a try. But even if you use the oil, the smell will not remain after baking. The oil makes this cake much much easier, because if butter is used, the initial beating process takes a lot of time. So I still recommend you to use any vegetable oil (reduce the quantity and try it)

    • Lucy July 26, 2013, 7:33 am

      This cake was really easy to make and tasted great! Thanks for the recipe.

  • menutoday May 28, 2006, 5:44 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    Wonderful eggless cake. I will try it and let u know soon. Thanx for sharing,

  • Vaishali May 28, 2006, 9:57 pm

    That’s an awfully easy recipe by your Pachi. I’ll have to try it out, maybe today itself. It will be nice for my little daughter too.

  • Shilpa May 29, 2006, 8:50 am

    MT, Vaishali, try and let me know if you like the taste.

    • pooja November 30, 2013, 7:52 am

      I made the cake .it was nice.but the base &sides became a bit greenish is it naturally…..i baked in a borosil dish

    • Shilpa November 30, 2013, 9:26 am

      Sorry, never see it becoming greenish, have no idea

  • Tina May 30, 2006, 7:29 am

    Hey Shilpa… this looks so tempting. I am going to make this soon…

  • sudha vinodh May 30, 2006, 11:46 am

    hi shilpa,
    i m planing to bake this cake for vinodh’s bthday. And this will be my first cake baking..

  • Shilpa May 30, 2006, 12:50 pm

    Tina, Sudha, let me know if you like the cake :).

  • Babi May 31, 2006, 1:03 am

    Hi Shilpa
    First of all I would like to appreciate your good job, the photos of recipes are so tempting, i tried your date cake, it was very tasty, but after sometime it became very hard, (is that because i baked it microwave oven) please clarify my doubt, and give me some suggestions to make it soft,

  • Shilpa May 31, 2006, 6:17 am

    Babi, Thanks for the comment. I don’t know if the microwave oven has made it hard. I always use oven to bake it. Please try baking in normal oven next time. Do not refrigerate the cake.

    One more thing is….(I too didn’t know this before, just asked my pachi)… Use ‘Baking soda’ instead of ‘baking powder’.  I have updated the recipe accordingly now.

  • RADHA May 31, 2006, 4:55 pm

    Hi shilpa,

    Great recipe, I did try your cake recipe for my engagement day, I posted the message there. It was very good, My first cake.
    I will surely try this recipe, all i wanted to find out was if we dont refrigerate it how many days can i keep it outside to make it stay fresh,
    Thanks for sharing wonderful recipes, special thanks to your pachi.

  • Shilpa May 31, 2006, 5:00 pm

    Radha, Thanks a lot for the comment :). Well..I need to ask my pachi for more clarifications now. usually I dont keep any cake for more than two days. But this cake remains good for 4-5 days withour refrigerating.

  • Divya June 18, 2006, 9:51 am

    Hey Shilpa,
    Ur recipe is really good.I was wondering whether we can do this recipe with wheat flour instead of maida. Also how long shld i pre heat the oven? I am a first timer.. so plz let me know the details…

  • Shilpa June 18, 2006, 10:12 am

    I don’t think wheat flour can be used for this cake. I have never used wheat flour for any cakes. So please use maida or all purpose flour.
    Preheat the oven for 10mins.
    Also…if u r using the conventional oven, use the middle rack for baking the cakes to ensure an evenly baked cake.

  • Shelly July 14, 2006, 7:49 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    I tried your date cake and it turned out great! I took it to be had for dessert at my cousins place but it was devoured in the first five minutes even before appetizer ha!ha! The only difference from your recipe was that i had to bake it for 50-55 minutes.
    thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe and look forward to many more. You are doing a great job, keep it up!

  • gayathre July 20, 2006, 6:35 am

    dear shilpa,
    ur cake recipes are great!keep it up.i wanted to try the date cake for my little one,who doesnt eat them raw.i have a doubt:when do we add the sugar?how well should we mix it?thanks.

  • Shilpa July 20, 2006, 6:39 am

    Thanks Shelly.
    Gayathre, I have updated the post, sorry I had missed the sugar :(. Just have a look. Sugar should be blended completely with date-milk mixture.Thanks.

  • gayathre July 20, 2006, 6:42 am

    wow!shilpa,u are amazing!i hope to stay in touch with u thro’ ur wonderful site.have a great day!!

  • Shubha August 16, 2006, 2:56 pm

    Hi Shilpa… Lovely website! My moms from Manglore who ofcours speaks konkani… I love the language i think its the sweetest language ever!! I cant speak Konkani very well though! Anywayz.. wanted to know.. wats better? shud i use Kharik (dry dates) or Khazur (wet dates)?

    Will try this recipe this weekend itself :)

  • Shubha August 16, 2006, 2:57 pm

    Hi Shilpa… Lovely website! My mom is from Manglore who ofcourse speaks konkani… I love the language i think its the sweetest language ever!! I cant speak Konkani very well though! Anywayz.. wanted to know.. wats better? shud i use Kharik (dry dates) or Khazur (wet dates)?

    Will try this recipe this weekend itself :)

  • Shilpa August 16, 2006, 3:16 pm

    Sudha, nice to know your mom is also a Konkani :). You should use the wet dates (khazoor) for this. Kharik will not go well.

  • Shubha August 16, 2006, 3:20 pm

    Wow.. Shilpa u replied so promptly :) Thanks again. Will def. try this one for our jain friends coming over the weekend. Also made Eggless Banana Walnut Cake from Mahanandi’s site. Tats where I got alink to your site and m looking at it since almost 2 hrs now… getting nostalgic thinking abt my mom sitting in Mumbai! hehe.

    can i send u a recipe too? I think the prawn curry mom makes is also konkani style but a lil diff. If its oki by u.. i can ask for the recipe and send it to you. Its the yummiest ever!!

  • Shilpa August 16, 2006, 3:23 pm

    Sure Shubha. I will be very happy to get the recipe from you. Do mail it to me. Thanks in advance :).

  • nidhi August 24, 2006, 6:30 am

    is baking soda and meetha soda the same? please help. thank u

  • Shilpa August 24, 2006, 6:36 am

    Nidhi, baking soda and meetha soda are same (both are sodium bicarbonates)

  • Nandita August 25, 2006, 6:39 am

    Hey I love this recipe Shilpa. I love these no-nonsense fruit and dried fruit cakes. I have never used ground dates in cakes before, will try it as soon as i get some free baking time and shall let you know. Since I don’t use much of refined foods, I’ll be trying for the first time a mix of AP and whole wheat flour. I always bake with whole wheat flour aka simple chapati cha atta, and it turns out good.


  • Shubha September 17, 2006, 8:35 pm

    Hey Shilpa… I made this cake and it was down right yummy! soft, fluffy, simply yummy!! Only thing is it didnt look like yours! It was brown in color! Wonder why? Thanks anywayz.

  • Shilpa September 17, 2006, 8:47 pm

    Nandita, I hope you got a good cake :).

    Shubha, I think the color might depend on dates. Also, I take out the cake when it is just done. Baking it for a longer time, might change the color.

  • Shubha September 18, 2006, 9:07 am

    Yeah maybe the dates color make a difference! Well i too took the cake out just when it was done… exact 35 mins! So i guess it is the dates color :) Thanks a lot. Next on my list to try is your Rava cake :) IWll keep you posted.

  • Dr. Jyoti September 20, 2006, 6:14 am

    whether diabetic patient can eat dates?

  • lakshmi September 21, 2006, 11:54 am

    this seems Yammi… i’ll try this today itself… :-)

  • Shilpa September 21, 2006, 12:27 pm

    Dr Jyoti, I don’t think diabetic patient can eat dates, because they are sweet.

    • dr. meepa February 8, 2014, 8:06 am

      Re: the diabetic patient post — If your blood sugars are well in control and your activity level is not sedentary- then YES you can eat dates….!!! take it in the morning and make sure you exercise a bit more on the day you take dates. But what you MUST avoid is refined sugar.

  • suchi September 23, 2006, 3:00 am

    i checked out your site and was bowled over by the looks of your cute date cake…yummmmy!!
    i got down to making it right away…..i was amazed as it came off the oven,hot,soft,yummy and light.
    my hubby,kids and mom in law loved it…and so did i.
    thanks a lot for such great recipes.
    regs suchi.

  • arundati September 29, 2006, 2:19 am


    i must tell you that it looks so simple and yummy…i’m always on the look out for eggless stuff…please, can you tell me if this can be made in the micro oven cos i dont have a regular oven….

  • Shilpa October 6, 2006, 8:36 am

    Arundati, if you look at the comments above, one of the reader(Babi) had baked it in microwave. So you can also try. I have not tried it in microwave yet.

  • RENUKA October 15, 2006, 3:51 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    I tried this recipe on saturday as had a friend over for dinner…..this cake was fabulous. Thanks for sharing. I do have a few questions though..when you refer to 1 cup or 3/4th cup measurements..would you be able to let me know the quantity in terms of grams as the cake was not very sweet so am not sure if the cup I used is larger or just that the dates were not sweet enough. Can you pls let me know

  • Shilpa October 16, 2006, 3:00 pm

    Renuka, I have no idea how much they will be in grams. But since you are measuring everything with the same cup, the proportions would be correct. This cake is usually not very sweet. If you need it very sweet, you have to increase the sugar amount.

  • RENUKA October 17, 2006, 9:50 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    Hey Thanks for the response. I tried the cake again and this time round increased dates frm 18 to about 25. It was perfect. Thanks for the great recipe


  • mala October 29, 2006, 7:18 am

    please send me the simple cakes recipies and more snacks recipie which I can make it in Micro oven.

  • Sarika November 9, 2006, 11:07 pm

    Hi! Shilpa,

    The cake really looks yumm…….and I’m going to try it out today. Just want to know if we can also make the cake with eggs, if so what would be the number of eggs to be used?

  • melissa November 21, 2006, 7:47 am

    this sounds really easy will surely try it out byeeee

  • bani November 22, 2006, 10:06 am

    i got recepi from this page.i try to create.

  • Tripti November 29, 2006, 2:40 am

    This recipe sounds great and easy.
    Just waiting to try and spead the cake fever :-D

    But just one question: What is “pitted baking dates” ???

  • Shilpa November 29, 2006, 7:51 am

    Tripti, “pitted baking dates” are dates in the form of a paste. I found this packet in a middle eastern store here. Since I was using it for baking, I thought “baking dates” would be a better choice. I have no idea what is the difference between the two dates. I baked this cake with normal dates last week and it came out very dark in color almost like a chocolate cake. It tastes very good.

  • Radha Anand November 30, 2006, 1:40 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    Tried this recipe.Came out very well.Can you suggest some more eggless cake recipes?

  • Shilpa November 30, 2006, 7:50 am

    Radha Anand, plese see the “moist chocolate cake” and “eggless banana cake” under “cakes” category. I will see if I can find any more.

  • Binth December 24, 2006, 8:49 pm

    Thanks for this wonderful recipe. I wanted to know whether I should beat in the oil with an egg beater or blend it in the blender? Thanks.

  • Shilpa December 24, 2006, 9:08 pm

    Binth, use blender to blend it. That way oil gets mixed faster. With egg beater I guess it would take more time.

  • Binth December 26, 2006, 9:17 am

    Thanks for your prompt reply Shilpa. I tried out the cake today and it was amazing mashaAllah! Very soft, fluffy and delicious! Thanks for sharing this simple yet wonderful recipe.

  • Binth December 27, 2006, 12:20 pm

    Oh, I forgot to mention that the baking time was barely 20 mts. for me.

  • gopi January 2, 2007, 4:19 am

    Is bicarbonate of soda the same as baking soda?

  • amrita January 3, 2007, 5:16 am

    the cake looks really good and easy to make. i have a microwave (without convection) .can i bake this cake in it?
    if so, how long will it take?
    and should i bake in full power?
    looking forward to ur advice,
    thank you!

  • Anu January 5, 2007, 12:23 pm

    Very interesting recipe and the cake comes out very well….thanks…

  • Vanessa January 11, 2007, 5:37 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    I have a query. I have not yet tried out your delicious cake. Just want to know if you buy the normal dates from the dry fruit store i.e khazoor you only have to remove the seeds and is it necessary for it to be soaked whole night. Pls let me know. I want to try it very urgently.

  • Shilpa January 11, 2007, 9:45 pm

    Vanessa, I use pitted dates so they need not be soaked and the cake batter gets ready within 10mins. I buy these from Indian store. If you use seeded dates, then you need to soak, so that the seeds can be removed easily.

  • Jennifer January 21, 2007, 7:41 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    I tried the cake yesterday & it was so easy to make. It came out great. Only thing had to bake it for 55minutes and used baking powder instead of baking soda. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.


  • Priya January 24, 2007, 8:27 am

    Thanks for this delicious recipe. I have heard about you from Shaheen. I have tried this cake (dates cake) and came out well. My children are allergic to eggs. They like muffins and cakes very much. Could you please give me recipes for egg less muffins

  • farhana February 9, 2007, 2:21 am

    ue recipe is really grt
    and i want to try it
    now a days i m learing baking and find out the differnt type of cake recipe
    but can u help
    i have 1 problem
    i have no ovan
    i have microwave ovan ( company kantax) manual handling
    i try to bake the cake in it then i dont know how much cook it
    plz reply me

    i wana try ur recipe how i cook it in microwabe ovan

  • farhana February 9, 2007, 2:40 am

    ur recipe is really grt now a days i m trying to learn baking
    so i have only problem is that i have no ovan according to degree waise
    i have microwave ovan (kantax company manual ) so i have so problem to bake in it tell me plz method to bake in the microwave ovan

  • ankita February 9, 2007, 11:07 pm

    can we make this in a microwave and how much time do we hav to set n the microwave for it’s preparation..????

  • Viji Surendhra February 11, 2007, 2:45 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    I baked this cake today with awesome results. It just melted in the mouth and was rich in taste. The best part was that it took just 15 min to put tog the ingredients. The baking time was 55 min for me and even after that I felt that the center was still soft. Should I bake it is a broader tray? I used a 7 ” dia circular tray.

    Viji Surendhra

  • Aishwarya February 13, 2007, 11:17 pm

    hi shilpa……….ur a great cook! this recipe was a hit when i tried it can u please post the recipe of real spicy hot chilli chicken. it would be great! thanks.

  • Shilpa February 14, 2007, 7:06 am

    Viji, The baking dish should not matter as far as the batter does not rise above the dish and spill in oven. This is very soft cake as we don’t use egg in it. You can try baking it for a bit more time next time. I use different baking dishes everytime, so I think it wo’t matter.

    Aishwarya, Thanks for trying and giving me your feedback. There is a paneer chili recipe on the site. Substitute paneer with marinated chicken (ginger-garlic paste and yogurt added to chicken and kept for around 1hr). Since I have stopped eating chicken, I don’t cook it at home unless there are any guests who specifically ask for it. I am sorry.

  • Sanjana February 21, 2007, 11:09 pm

    yummy yummy date cake. Thanks for the lovely photos as well as the recipe. baking cake is something I enjoy and plan it for sturdays so that I cld keep my kids occupied.
    Btw have you tried date halwa:

  • geeta February 23, 2007, 9:23 pm

    I tried this cake today. It came out yummy. The only thing is that it did not rise in the center. It was ready in 35 mins . should I have kept it longer?

    Also was I suppose to wait for the cake to cool down before talking it from the pan. the base was till stuck to the pan.

  • Shilpa February 23, 2007, 9:47 pm

    Geeta, From your description, it looks like the heat was very high. Use the middle rack to bake oven. Also, keep the cake at bit lower temperature next time, and keep it for more time. If the cake pan was not greased and dusted well, the cake will stick to bottom. So make sure the entire pan is greased and dusted well.

  • geeta February 23, 2007, 10:17 pm

    Hi shilpa,

    Thanks for your reply. Am I supposed to remove the cake when it is hot or wait for it too cool down.


  • Shilpa February 23, 2007, 11:00 pm

    Geeta, you should wait till the cake is cooled down. You can also use parchment paper to cover the baking dish instead of greasing the bowl. But in any case you need to wait till the cake cools down.

  • rouia March 4, 2007, 3:58 pm

    hi ,

    i would like to do it coz it seems so nice but i would like to ask you a question

    how can i do the caramel sauce so i can add it at the top of the cake it will get better tast .


  • Shilpa March 4, 2007, 4:22 pm

    Rouia, I sencerely feel the caramel topping would take out the unique taste of this cake. This is a date cake and has a very good date flavor. If you still want, I would refer some of chocolate cake recipes for caramel sauce.

  • cs March 5, 2007, 12:29 pm

    hi shilpa,
    i tried the cake and it was really mind blowing. it looked, smelled and tasted heavenly. thanks for the great recipe.

  • Spice Lover March 13, 2007, 5:34 am

    Hi Shilpa
    what a rich looking cake. I am always looking for simple and interesting baking recipes. Just had a question. If I use pitted dates, I should still grind the dates with the specified qty of milk?

  • Shilpa March 13, 2007, 7:26 am

    Yes SL, you have to grind dates to get a paste. If you try to mix them with milk by hand, pieces of dates might remain.

  • sailaja March 16, 2007, 8:42 am

    hi shilpa,
    Cake looks delicious. I’m going to make it tommorrow and i have a question….when we soaked the dates in milk overnight, do we have to keep that in refrigiratior or just leave on the counter top? if we leave outside is it ok with the milk?


  • Shilpa March 16, 2007, 9:11 am

    Sailaja, I think it is better to keep it refrigerated overnight and take out around 1hr before so that it comes to room temperature while making the cake batter. If you have seedless dates, it is not required to soak overnight, just grind them with milk and it will be fine.

  • pelicano March 16, 2007, 2:21 pm

    Wow! popular post Shilpa!
    I just bought some dates(Medjool) and will “give it a whirl” as they say… I’ll let you know how it turned out. I was looking for a new sweet to make and this caught my eye.
    My mother used to make a “chocolate chip date cake”. If I can find the recipe in the house, I’ll send it for you to try!

  • fara March 27, 2007, 6:56 am

    hi shilpa,
    i’m a regular reader of ur site.i just love reading & seeing ur recipes.for the first time i tried ur date cake.it was delicious.. but i added a mashed banana also in my cake & it was a wonderful moist cake.thanx for the recipe.c u & best wishes.

  • Nicole March 27, 2007, 4:20 pm

    I was searching for eggless cakes in Google a couple months ago when I had no eggs. I first made this cake a couple months ago using brown sugar instead of white and it was absolutely delicious. I just bought a big container of dates yesterday and plan on making it again since eggs have been really expensive lately and I am craving some baked goods.

  • harshita March 29, 2007, 4:08 am

    hi shilpa,

    i ill try this eggless cake seems very tasty i ill enjoy eating it.and also i dont eat egg so if u know more recipes of cake u plz mail me [eggless cake]

  • harshita March 29, 2007, 4:10 am

    which is egg less

  • harshita March 29, 2007, 4:12 am

    and also if i dont have oven what shell i use to bake it and how much time will it take

  • neena March 31, 2007, 6:57 am

    i was looking for a eggless cake ,loved the reciepe,will be trying it out today itself,it looks rich & yummy.


  • prabha April 2, 2007, 10:49 am

    Iwas looking for eggless cake. Its a great recipe .thanks for sharing. Thanks to your pachi too.

  • Kripa April 2, 2007, 11:52 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Your date cake sounds yummy. In your recipe, when u say a ‘cup’ do u mean the measuring cups used in america or can any cup be used

    Thanks a tonne ..
    :) Kripa

  • karish April 2, 2007, 4:23 pm

    hey! I saw ur recipe for cake ,i am a vegetarian n i just loved it. I am going to try this.can i make this in microwave oven please reply dear. i am going to post a chocolate cake recipe ,ofcourse eggless made in microwave oven in just 6 MINUTES hope u all will just LOVE IT!!!!!

  • Shilpa April 2, 2007, 5:15 pm

    Kripa, yes I use the measuring cup used in US. Before coming here, I used any normal sized cup(not the small or big ones), but that is always confusing since every cup is of different size. I think in India also we get those measuring cups.

    Karish, yes you can use microwave oven for baking this. But I don’t know anything about it since I never baked anything in microwave oven. I am sorry.

  • Kripa April 3, 2007, 8:03 am

    Dear Shilpa,

    that was a very prompt reply … Thanks you very much


  • karish April 4, 2007, 3:23 am

    hey shilps,thanks 4 ur reply…….muchas gracias!!!!!

  • neena April 9, 2007, 6:12 am

    hi Shilpa,
    I baked the date cake,it was yummy, my little one took it to school today with a promise that i will bake many more. thanks for the tasty reciepe.

  • Nayak Mayi April 9, 2007, 12:52 pm

    This recipe indeed deserves to be most popular post on this site. It tastes good and is a good motivation for first timers to bake more. Thanks shilpa. It was a good treat on my husband’s birthday, iam a first timer too.

  • sonia April 9, 2007, 11:04 pm

    can you send eggless cake recipe in hindi language

  • Sonalika April 10, 2007, 2:33 am

    I have diabetis and high cholestrol in my family and have been forced to play around with this website to cater to the family. I used 1/2 of splenda rather than sugar, sofala oil or EVOO rather than regular oil and regular roti flour. Also, we are no veg’s so I added one egg white for fluff.

  • Manisha April 13, 2007, 1:02 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    Date cake has become my hubby’s favorite cake. He wants me to bake every week. I also made Vermecillie upma the way you told in your website. It was super hit in my house. Every weekend my hubby wants that upma… Thanks allot shilpa.


  • Aruna Pai April 14, 2007, 12:27 am

    Shilpa… I was waiting to be the 100th to comment on this cake. It is a super hit in my home and neighborhood too. I will be baking it for the third time tomorrow.A hat rick,continuously baking for 3 days. My comment on it would be “It is the BEST RECIPE on Aayisrecipes.com” Thanks to you and pachi for it. I now believe in the cake fever.

  • chitra April 15, 2007, 11:30 pm

    Hi shilpa,
    Thanks a lot for such wonderful recipe…My toddler n other friends loved this cake..its a big hit!
    Tasted heavenly with ice cream:)


  • Geetha April 20, 2007, 6:10 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    Thank you so much for this recipe! This is the first cake I have baked. It came out very well and tastes very good too. My husband loves cakes and he was very happy :) thanks to you :)

  • Aruna Pai April 23, 2007, 10:21 pm

    Dear Shilpa…The cake fever is on in my apartment complex here. Everybody is baking this cake. Once again this is the BEST on Aayisrecipes. Please thank pachi on my behalf.

  • Rohini May 2, 2007, 4:05 am

    Wonderful recipe’s..I’m gonna try the date cake soon. Will let u know how it turns out

  • Deepa May 6, 2007, 9:29 pm

    Dear Shilpa,
    I am Deepa from Belgaum, recently moved to US…first time commenting on your blog.
    Just now baked this cake(My first ever baking experience) and it is fabulous!!
    Hubby and me loved it very much. Thanks a ton for sharing this great recipe with all of us.

  • c.s.kranendonk May 12, 2007, 3:59 am

    I just read in one of the repies somthing about diabetics and dates. At present we know much more about what diabetics can eat. The answer is everything but with care. A test indicated that sugar(!!!!) is as fast enterred in the bloodstream as potatos! You need a food table and then replace some of your food with something else that has the same content in carbohydrates. Take smaal amounts at a time. After all a bite of cake tasts as nice as the whole cake. My wife is a insulin dependent diabetic and she can eat whatever she likes but in small portions. Obtain a bloodsugar measuring instrument and test your blood frequently and certainly when you try new foods! Success!

  • Suchita May 12, 2007, 10:49 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Last week i tried out your eggless date cake for a party where all of them were vegetarians. It turned out amazing and it was all almost finished with just a piece remaining for me to taste. One of my guest commented that for any potluck parties in future, I should get the eggless date cake.
    Thanks a ton for sharing this wonderful recipe. Since in one of your eggless cake recipe you had included vinegar, i also amended this recipe to include 1 tsp of vinegar since the combination with baking soda helps to make it soft

  • Sandhya May 14, 2007, 10:38 am

    I baked your cake this weekend and it turned out to be perfect. I have never baked anything before and it was so easy :). I was wondering if reducing the sugar quantity would affect the consistency of my cake since I like my cakes to be a little less sweet. Thank you for your super duper recipe and please keep posting recipes of eggless cakes and I will continue baking….

  • Neha May 15, 2007, 3:04 pm


    Looks great recipe. Is Baking soda is soda what we use for idly and Dosa. Please reply me I want to try this recipe.

  • Shilpa May 15, 2007, 6:34 pm

    Yes Neha, its the same.

  • Annie Cherian May 17, 2007, 6:08 am

    hey Shilpa,

    I discovered your website by chance yesterday, when I was looking on the internet for a good way to use some gherkins. Then I came across your date cake recipe- and the result was fabulous (certified by my husband). I had a batch of dates that were not so good , and I did not want to waste them, so I used them in this recipe.
    Note: I only baked my cake for about 25 mins and it came out fine. I probably used too large a baking pan (I had only this one particular square one in my baking cupboard!).
    I will be a regular visitor from now on, and I am a blog reader, though I don’t have one of my own yet.
    Thanks for your wonderful recipes …..and thanks to your aayi and your paachi!

  • Shama May 17, 2007, 11:16 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Hey, Could you pls. tell me if you used maida(as sold in Indian grocery store) or “All purpose flour”. Once I tried maida for a cookie recipe that called for “All purpose flour”. and it was not so good.
    Also, could you pls. specify which oil you used b’cause I use peanut or olive oil for most of my cooking.
    BTW, recipe sounds very interesting and I would like to try it. So pls. respond asap :)

  • Shilpa May 17, 2007, 9:26 pm

    Shama, I use all purpose flour here but in India I used maida always. You can use peanut oil. I used sunflower oil or vegetable oil.

  • Pooja May 20, 2007, 2:33 pm

    Shilpa. I recently came across your site when i was searching a recipe for Pani Puri and since then I have been hooked on to this site. Today I tried the date cake. It turned out nice. I baked for 40 min but it was burnt at the bottom. So next time, I’ll bake it for lesser time.

  • Milli May 25, 2007, 12:00 am

    This cake looks very nice! Is it okay to use hand blender to mix the dough?

  • Sia May 25, 2007, 6:57 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    This cake looks great.I am new at baking but I have a question that can we grind the dates with the milk in which they were soaked or just take out the dates and grind them with sugar and oil?And than add 3/4 cup of milk in it?

    You mentioned above that “Add the flour one table spoon at a time and mix slowly.”but could you please tell me where to add flour..(hopefully to the date mixture).
    My daughter is crazy about cakes but as we don’t eat eggs it is pretty hard for me to think of an eggless cake…So Thanks to you and your aayi…

  • Shilpa May 25, 2007, 7:36 am

    Milli, yes you can use hand blender.

    Sia, yes, you have to grind the dates in same milk that you used for soaking. Yes, add the flour to the date mixture and mix.

  • Sia May 27, 2007, 1:00 am


    I have one more question..what kind of material it should be before putting in oven..means it should be of what consistency…semi solid..semi liquid….as I am new at baking..I would appreciate you answering this question.
    Thanks in advance…

  • Sia May 27, 2007, 3:17 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    No more questions now..I tried this cake and it turned out a great cake but I needed 55 minutes.My husband and daughter like it so much..

    Thanks a lot for such a simple eggless recipe..Do you have more eggless recipes than please post(other than eggless banana rava cake).

  • Pooja May 29, 2007, 11:33 am


    I baked this cake again yesterday and it turned out nice. This time I baked it only for 30 min because last time when i baked it for 40 min, it was burnt at the bottom.

    Thanks again for the recipe.

  • Mike June 8, 2007, 1:41 pm

    Wonderful recipe! Fills the house with great smells, can’t wait to taste it at a party tomorrow. Thanks.

  • Milli June 10, 2007, 1:02 pm

    I made this cake and it turned out very nice :-) I baked it for 25 mins on middle rack.

    Thanks a lot for the recipe.

  • Uma June 18, 2007, 4:24 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    I am planning to bake this cake tomorrow. I do not have a mesuring cup with me. Can I use a cup which I have and add the quantities and per urs. Should the amount of dates be less than the flour. Please clarfy, so that I can come out with a sucessful cake tomorrow.

    Shilpa: Uma, sorry, I can’t answer this question. You have to do trial and error :(.

  • PURNIMA June 24, 2007, 7:26 am

    Ur Cake baking skills and pictures have tempted me to the extent of buying an electric oven! I did purchase one yesterday, hv yet to buy the accessories! I wd try this cake first.
    Can u pls tell me if I hv to reduce the
    pre-heating time — i m a beginner in baking( ur mail inspired me to get into baking and give it a try), hence a query which might sound foolish to u..
    I shall follow the middle rack baking tip and read comments more carefully for any help!
    Thankyou and ur site for making cooking such a pleasant and happening experience…not to forget the varieties!!!

    Shilpa:Purnima, do not reduce preheating time. Usually 10mins preheating is done for any cakes.All the best for your first cake :)

  • PURNIMA July 11, 2007, 11:49 am

    Finally the day came and it was today, my first attempt wt electric oven to bake this super-moist and delicious cake! it did come out real gud for first timer like me, but the top coating got burnt..maybe 180 degrees in electric oven was too high…but no afsos!Tks a ton..and ur Gurudakshina is coming by mail!


  • PURNIMA July 17, 2007, 12:49 am

    Shilpa,date-cake fever has started here now!dates we get here r too gud & best 4 this recipe! (electric ovens emit lot more heat than a gas oven-same goes for baking done in combi type of microwaves!hv 2 really chk every 10 mins)made this wonderfully moist & moderately sweet cake 4 second time!tku 4 postin it!!

  • Roopa.m July 19, 2007, 6:57 am

    Hi Shilpa… tried this date cake & it came out well (Soft& fluffy).
    i would like to know if baking powder can be substituted with baking soda in all cake recipes if the former tends to make cakes hard..?Also, i would like to share some of my recipes thro’ your site…where do i mail them to& is it ok?do reply soon. bye.

    Shilpa: Roopa, its always better to follow the recipe as it is. It is not a good idea to replace baking soda with baking powder or vice versa. Sometimes it turns out good and sometimes it totally messes up the dish.
    Please mail me at aayisrecipes AT gmail.com. I will try out the recipes here and then post them. Thanks a lot for the offer.

  • Lekshmi Venkatesh July 19, 2007, 12:07 pm

    I tried the date cake yesterday…by the first method. It turned out very well and my mother and in laws enjoyed it a lot…It has been 7-8 years since I baked an eggless cake..!! I have one question about the recipe…just wondering if a touch of vanilla would be good, since I could smell the baking soda..

    Shilpa: I don’t recommend adding vanilla as it might change the aroma/taste of dates in it. But you can give a try if you like.

  • Binduja July 20, 2007, 12:33 am

    Wow…….this is the first time i tried making a cake…..and believe me it came out yummy.i got a pack of fresh dates and did not know how to finish it..right time i found this recipe…….thank uuuu

  • Suma July 23, 2007, 10:27 am

    Hi Shilpa

    I tried the cake on saturday and the results were magnificiant. Wow what can I say…. I cant stop eating them….. I used whipping cream instead of milk as I had some left over and wanted to use it up and then I used cake flour instead of maida/all purpose flour. The results were amazing… also I didnt grind the dates well enough… there were still some very small pieces and thats what made the cake taste even better I think…. I didnt read the recipe well enough so I messed up a few things…… I had bought the dates a few weeks ago and it was in the fridge… so it was still kind of hard even after leaving it out for a few hours…so they didnt grind very well…. but IT DIDNT MATTER…. THE CAKE WAS EXCELLENT!!! the cake fever has hit me for sure :) thanks for this wonderful recipe :)))))

  • sk August 2, 2007, 9:33 am

    This cake was long pending in my to do list from your blog.I had very high expectations after reading your post and all the comments.
    I got a very nice cake,perfectly baked(30 mins).Mine looked so much like a chocolate cake and can be mistaken for one.I asked my hubby to guess.He was fully confused what cake it was(cos of the taste) but the only thing coming to his mind was chocolate cake.
    We both liked it.Thanks.

  • Bharti August 7, 2007, 11:33 pm

    this receipe looks good, i wud like to try it soon. But i hv a small problem i dnt hv an oven. Is there any other way I can bake the cake. I have heard that cakes can also be baked in some other way (i think … not sure).
    Can you please advice ….. i m new to cooking, learning to impress my wud be hubby. ;)

    Shilpa: Bharti, cakes can also be baked in cooker. But I have never tried it, you might have to search on the internet.

  • Padmapriya August 8, 2007, 7:43 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    Wonderful wehsite.I’m a vegetarian and while searching for eggless cakes I entered this page.I was very excited to read your recipe of dates cake and all wonderful comments posted about it.All these prompted me to bake it very soon.It was the first time I’m making a cake and I’d no idea about the consistancy of the mix.I followed exactly all your measurements but I could fell the mix tight. Since I’m new to this I did not add extra milk also. I put it in the oven at 180 degreeC and after 10 min I felt a burning smell and checked the center and it was not baked. It took 35 min for the center part to bake properly.But very sad to say outer portion had turned to charcoal. What is the reason for this to happen? Was it the consistancy? Please give me proper advice. I do’nt want to give up. I will try till I succede. Please give me a prompt reply. thanks in advance.

    Shilpa: Padmapriya, if you have followed the recipe exactly, the batter would be fine. Don’t worry about the consistency. I feel the temperature of the oven was too high. Next time, keep it low and try.

  • Anuradha August 11, 2007, 12:51 am

    I have visited your site several times. Real good work & patience for all the details & Photographs. Tried out your Date Eggless cake . Must say a great recipe & spl thanks to your pacchi. The cake disappeared in 1 day flat!! Passed on the recipe to a few around. Got to know a few more blog sites thru you. Thanks.

  • Pradnya August 15, 2007, 1:07 am

    Dear Shilpa,

    Tried your Date Eggless cake, it was really wonderful. The receipe was so easy, my daughter who is 12 years old, actually she did everything and was very happy that she did something first time and came out great.

    I have recently visited your site and got many easy receipes.

    Now looking forward to have mango eggless cake, if you have any receipe please let us kknow..

    Thanks again

  • Pradnya August 15, 2007, 1:15 am

    Dear Shilpa,

    Tried your Date Eggless cake, it was really wonderful. The receipe was so easy, my daughter who is 12 years old, actually she did everything and was very happy that she did something first time and came out great.
    I have recently visited your site and got many easy receipes.
    Now looking forward to have mango eggless cake, if you have any receipe please let us kknow..

    Thanks again

  • PH August 17, 2007, 6:06 am

    Dear Shilpa,

    Tried your eggless date cake and it came out beautifully. It tasted very good too. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

    Do you have any recipe for eggless brownies???

    Keep sharing such recipes :-)

  • Padmapriya August 20, 2007, 9:24 am

    Hi shilpa,
    Padmapriya again.Again tried the cake by reducing the temp. to 160C for 35min by preheating for 10min. This time it was not that bad still the outer portion was completly burned. I cut apart the outer portion and used the inner portion. It was very tasty and soft. I think again the temp was high. My oven is INDESIT and in the catalogue baking temp. for raised cakes is mentioned as 165C for 35-40min and preheat time as 15min. How should I set the oven when I bake next time? What does it mean by raised cake? Is this a raised cake? After taking out from the oven when can I take it out from the baking pan and cut the cake?
    Thanking you

    Shilpa: I think by raised cake they mean the cakes which rise too much (this cake does not rise much). If there are many racks in your oven, use the middle one (if only two racks, use lower one) for baking next time. Also after 20mins, open the oven and check if cake is done. If it is done, remove it immediately, otherwise keep it in oven again(you might need to do this till you know exactly how long you need to bake and on what temperature). The cake should cool to room temperature before you can take it out off the pan.

  • Sandhya August 27, 2007, 11:41 am

    Hi Shilpa
    Tried your very unique, healthy and tasty cake for a small get together. Everyone loved it! Being a veg, we dont get enough recipes for baking items and if so, they are loaded with unwanted calories/fat. This one is very good.
    Only change I made is added 1/2 tsp baking pd and 1.2 tsp baking soda. Also added 24 dates and reduced the sugar by 1/4 cup & it was perfect. ONLY problem I saw was , the cake was not cooking from the inside and it took almost 1hr 10 mins to cook the inner part, one good thing , the outer was not bad at all and it did not burn out..!
    let me know if anything apart from the baking pd would have caused this delay in baking
    Thanks and keep up the good work.
    Looking forward to more interesting healthy recipes.

    Shilpa: Sandhya, what was the temperature on which you baked it? Also, too many dates might have made it more softer from inside.

  • Sandhya August 28, 2007, 9:37 am

    The temp I kept was the same Preheat for 5 mins and then 350deg F . I get your point on the no of dates added. But if I would liek to reduce the qty of sugar and add more dates how should I adjust the cake to get the right consistency. I guess the inside was not done for even after 45 mins of baking. Thanks Shilpa and I love your sundried entries, I want to try them soon.. Waiting for the long weekend.

  • sapna September 13, 2007, 5:14 am

    is the baking soda the same as we use to add in the idli and dosa batter ? please to clarify?

    Shilpa: Yes Sapna, it is same

  • Stacey September 13, 2007, 6:04 pm


    I have baking dates. I am not sure how to substitue the ingredients in the reciepe. Can you help me with that? Can’t wait to try it.

    Shilpa: Stacey, last time when I tried the cake with baking dates, I used about 15 dates and cake came out well. It was just an experiment since I didn’t know how to substitute. But the cake was yumm.

  • Erum September 20, 2007, 2:29 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    the cake sure looks yummy and I can’t wait to try it. I’ve one question. As u mentioned that we’ve to soak dates in warm milk, so while making the paste, should we also use the milk they were soaked in?.

    Shilpa: Yes Erum, you should use the milk in which it is soaked in while grinding.

  • Meenal September 26, 2007, 7:28 pm

    hi Shilpa,
    Ur cake recipies are v.simple n amazing.In fact i was searching for simple cake recipies,coz im just a beginner in baking..so wntd to try out somthng easy for d 1st time.Ur easy cake recipies hav inspired me alot n m v,excited to make one.
    i had a query n needed some clarification.- U said its better to use baking soda 4 dis recipie.N baking soda is d one that is used in Idli n dhoklas ….rgt.
    Furthur, rgt nw i do not have baking soda….so can i use “ENO” powder as a substitute for baking soda..? (this question actuly came to my mind coz in many dhokla recipies that iv read,it was mentioned that u can use ENO also instead of baking powder ..
    So can it b used for this cake also ..pls lemme kno. N thnks 4d gr8 recipies..

    Shilpa: Thanks Meenal. I have never seen any cakes with ENO. So I don’t suggest using it.

  • Meenal September 27, 2007, 1:49 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    Thnks for ur prompt rply.I wud definitely try out d cake.Also Wud like to see many more simple cake recipies frm u.awaiting the same.
    Thnks again.

  • Navdeep October 1, 2007, 11:43 am

    This recipe came out *perfect* on my first try. Thank you!

  • Navdeep October 1, 2007, 11:56 am

    Sidenote – I used a loaf pan instead of a cake pan. I also took it out of the oven after 40 minutes. When I stuck the toothpick in, it came out clean but wet. When I tried a piece just then the cake was a little over-moist, but once the cake cooled it was *perfect*. If I had left it in the oven too long it would have been too dry by the time it finished cooling. Just thought I’d share.

  • milee October 7, 2007, 3:46 am

    thanx.il try it …can u send it to my mail addresss..

  • patricia October 9, 2007, 6:48 pm

    Hi shilpa! I just found your page researching for so recipies, but it is great! thanks a lot for this nice loving page! i have tried this one at home today and it worked our perfectly!! it tastes so nice and it is so easy to make!
    my husband loved it!

  • Sandra October 11, 2007, 12:04 am

    Hi Shilpa!

    This Date cake recipe is jst so good. Today is my Hubby’s bday and I thought of baking a cake for him. The cake turned out jst perfect. (I made a cake for the first time.) Thanks for ur perfect recipe.

  • Dev October 11, 2007, 2:05 am

    Hi Shilpa, I made this cake today & it came out really well… it had a very diff taste(slightly like nei appam)… it’s very moist & very tasty… Thanks a lot for the recipe…

  • asha October 12, 2007, 12:33 pm

    Hi shilpa,
    This was first cake i tried… i came very well…

    Thanks for making such a wonderful site.
    Asha Hegde

  • Meenal October 16, 2007, 10:56 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Im njoing baking ur varios cake n othr recipies as theyr comin out really well..
    So cant wait to bake this yummy date cake.
    Before going ahead, i wntd to clear few thngs: Iv bought a dates pack on wh its mentioned “pitted dates”,n they are seedless.Wntd to ask u whether they r same as pitted BAKING dates..? that u have used…

    Shilpa: Meenal, I don’t know what is the difference between two. But as I mentioned in the “Update” above, when I baked this for the second time, I used normal dates. The taste/texture was better than the first one.

  • Meenal October 16, 2007, 3:30 pm

    Yeah Shilpa,i kno….but rgt nw m havng only that pitted dates pack..:(
    (Hope to get d normal dates in US stores here..)
    Also,in appearance,these pitted dates r moist n similar to our normal dates..but seedless..
    Niways..i canot wait to try ths cake so il soak these pitted dates ovrngt(as u sugest for normal dates) n chk hw d cake turns out..
    Wud u suggest soaking them..or i shd directly use them….

    Thnks n Regards

    Shilpa: Meenal, when I said normal dates, I meant both pitted ones and the one with seeds. Both have same effects. With pitted, it is fast because you need not even remove seeds. I always buy pitted dates here.

  • Meenal October 16, 2007, 4:01 pm

    Ok Shilpa….Thnks for the info..
    Things are now v.much clear in my head..
    (Thnks for ur patience..in answering my queries!!)..Il bake dis cake soon n let u kno..
    Bye 4nw..TC..

    Thnks n Regards,

  • Archana October 16, 2007, 4:46 pm

    I did the cake and taste great!!!!!I did it in the microven.And takes just 4 to 5 mins.
    Thank U

  • Archana October 16, 2007, 7:07 pm

    I made the cake and taste great!!! I made it in the microven in just 5 mins!
    Thank u

  • Meenal October 17, 2007, 2:01 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    I baked this cake rgt nw….n its turnd out really amazing..
    Its becom moist n v.soft..just melts in d mouth..n tastes delicious..:)
    M waiting for my hubby to taste it n give compliments..!! Thnks to U..:)


  • DIVYA October 21, 2007, 10:56 am

    Hello shilpa,
    I liked your Date and Walnut cake,it turned out to be very nic.But one suggestion is that whenwe soak dates in milk the dates absorb the milk and when we combine the flour the batter is very thick so i added some water and made it of pouring consisenty it turned out very very soft and nice.Thanks.Add some more eggless cakes recipes or give alternate for eggs in other recipes.BEST REGARDS.Divya.

  • Chaitra October 22, 2007, 2:32 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    I just tried this recipe for a small party at home…it came out just perfect :)
    Thanks for a great recipe.
    my lil daughter loved it :)


  • Minal October 22, 2007, 7:43 am

    Hi Dear.Thanks a lot for the recipe.Looks Yummy.Will surely try this one for my husband´s birthday which happens to be tommorow and will surely let u know as to how it came out. Thanks once again.Take care.

  • sakthi October 22, 2007, 8:09 pm

    This is my first cake i tried ….it turned out very good i added some dry fruits & berries to this cake ….its yummy

  • Minal October 24, 2007, 2:08 pm

    The cake came out too good. I had made it for my husband´s birthday yesterday and like u said, everybody thought i had purchased it from the bakery. Thanks a lot once again God Bless U.

  • Nupur October 25, 2007, 9:10 pm

    love this cake …..now i WILL HAVE TO get my oven repaired ….gave up baking when the oven started acting weird ….now this cake is on my must try list :-)

  • Shobha October 26, 2007, 11:31 pm


    I tried this recipe tonigt as I am taking my daughter out to a petting zoo…its come out so moist and so soft. Its almost as if its restaurant bought….I took the liberty of adding some teeny weeny sliced bits of dates so its reminding of me the plum cakes i used to have when i was little, from a bakery near home!!! Awesome. Do you hae more options of eggless cakes? WE ALL LOVED THIS RECIPE!!!

  • Jennifer October 28, 2007, 4:14 am

    Thank you so much! After a long time i baked a cake successfuly. And i can’t believe it was so great even without eggs!! The cake looked superb and tasted amazing and was nice and moist. It rose perfectly. Thank you!

  • Sandhya October 29, 2007, 2:34 am


    Thanks for the wonderful receipe! This cake was my first attempt to bake anything, and it turned out absolutely delicious! So much that in just one day there were not even crumbs left. I’ve saved this receipe to make again and again!

  • Sandhya October 29, 2007, 2:58 am


    Thanks for the wonderful receipe! I had never baked before and inspite of that the cake was yummy, delicious and extremely fast! Hope for more such receipes and keep up the good work…

  • rajlaxmi October 31, 2007, 6:45 pm

    i tried this recipe the frst time i saw it n it came out fantastic. the walnut n dates combination is gr8. i just had to use a little more milk to get the right consistency n then all was fine.
    thanks n wud love to know more of eggless cakes.

  • Kumudha November 6, 2007, 2:24 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    Thanks for the wonderful date cake recipe. I adore this simple, yet delicious cake.

    Thanks again for the wonderful array of recipes in this blog.

  • Ruchi Gupta November 8, 2007, 8:29 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    First time I tried the Cake and it was just yummyyy:) Thanks a lot for this wonderful cake recipe.

  • Navdeep November 9, 2007, 10:58 am


    I think since I learned this recipe I’ve made the cake almost ten times. It’s come out amazing each time. You were right – it did start a date cake craze! The recipe is so easy and the cake is so tasty. I made a couple loaves last weekend and the kids who ate it didn’t know it was even date cake. They thought they were eating chocolate brownies!

  • Sandhya November 19, 2007, 7:15 pm

    Hi Shilpa, Tried out the date cake yesterday and it was too good, i couldnt stop eating it:)

  • Murthy November 19, 2007, 10:16 pm

    Dear Shilpa,
    This cake comes out wonderfully tasty and I’d like to bake it for large gatherings but I’ve tried doubling the recipe a few times but everytime the cake is either overdone or underbaked :( Do you know what would be the baking time if the recipe is doubled??
    Thanks in advance :)

  • Nimmi November 22, 2007, 2:25 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    Tried making the cake today. Half of it was gone immediately after i took it out of the oven. Its not even cool yet.

    Thanks for the recipe.
    Happy thanksgiving

  • chandra November 25, 2007, 9:09 am

    hi shilpa,
    i tried ur cake its fabulous.thank u.can i make this cake with wheat flour? keep in touch and send me more good cake recipes.
    thank u very much

    Shilpa: Sorry Chandra, so far I have not tried any cakes with wheat flour. Will post them whenever I try. There are many cake recipes on the sites under “cake section”.

  • Vijay November 30, 2007, 1:09 pm

    I tried to make a maida cake. I did not use dates, but just used some chocolate. Initially the cake seemed to rise up, but after about 15 minutes of baking, it just went and became so dense as though all air was deflated out of it.

    The center part was still moist and not fully baked, but the outer edges started becoming hard like a Candy. Why is this so? Would I have put in extra baking soda?

    When you say “1 cup of maida”, what is the exact measurement?

    Shilpa: Vijay, you cannot just replace one ingredient in a cake and expect it to work fine. Any cake needs some amount of leavening agent. Dates give the cake required softness and taste. If you want to make a chocolate cake, pick up chocolate cake recipe, do not modify any recipe. Definitely this recipe will not work out if you leave dates out of it.
    Measuring instruments for baking are easily available in any grocery stores in US (I am sure they are available in India also). These include cups and spoons. Using these ensures you get exact measurement every time (that is the most important thing for any kind of baking). My all measurements in this blog are measured in those measuring cups/spoons.

  • Vijay November 30, 2007, 2:13 pm

    Thanks. I’ll try that recipe.

    Just one more doubt. What should be the consistency of the dough? Can I say that it should be similar to our idly batter consistency?

    Shilpa: Vijay, it again depends on the recipe you have chosen. Some are pretty dry and some are of idli batter consistency.

  • Shella December 3, 2007, 5:24 am

    This cake looks so simple & great. I am surely going to try it soon.

  • spice lover December 3, 2007, 10:39 am

    Hi Shilpa
    I had tried this once and absolutely loved it. we now get a “date syrup” or date paste kind of thing in the market. do you think i can use that. have u tried?


    Shilpa: SL, I used paste once and it was pretty good. But since I didn’t know the exact measurement, I used my “andaz”. I still feel the actual dates give best results. I haven’t used Syrup any time.

  • spice lover December 6, 2007, 12:28 am

    Tried your cake yet again. stuck to the recipe (used regular dates soaked in milk). have posted it in my blog. thanks for such a wonderful recipe. this one sure is a keeper.


  • Bhamini December 6, 2007, 1:11 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    i really love to try out cake at home. but the problem now is, i am in a rented house with another family, who do not allow me to use the oven. So, sometime back i had heard that u still can steam and make cake. is it correct??? can v make cakes in any other way, without baking it in the oven??? please let me know.

    Thanks and really the date cake sounds great.

    take care n bye!!

  • Arathi December 8, 2007, 5:38 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    I am from Ankola now residing in Australia. I have browsed your website many times but could not leave my comments. Chupke Chupke :) I prepared many of your listed recipies. All that i have tried have come out well. Today I prepared Dates Cake for the second time. It has come out wonderful. Thanks for this wonderful website. Keep Going, Cheers!

    Thanks and best regards,

    Arathi Pai

  • Deepa Kurian December 13, 2007, 1:07 am

    Dear Shilpa
    I reached your website while searching for eggless cakes recipe on google. Actually I am a nonvegetarian , but one of my friends is a Tamil Brahmin and hence he generally misses out on my christmas cakes. This year I wanted to surprise him. I tried your recipe yesterday for trial. And it came out very well. I made a small variation. In place of dated I used about 3 tablespoons of lion date syrup.
    Thanks for the recipe and this wonderful site.

  • Sugan December 17, 2007, 10:22 pm


    I tried it out this weekend and it turned out to be an instant hit in my family …. Planning to try it again this weekend … I used a cooker instead of oven and it came out very well.

    Shilpa: Sugan, please can you explain how you made it in pressure cooker? many people have asked about it. It would be a great help. Thanks.

  • Nivedita December 18, 2007, 7:21 am

    Hi shilpa,
    It looks great and tastier, as I lovvvvve cakes.
    Can i try this cake in Micro oven which has option to bake the cake. Please let me know as I have party at home next month.


    Shilpa: Yes you can use microwave with baking option.

  • Nivedita December 18, 2007, 10:00 pm

    Hieeeeeee Shilpa
    its yummyyyyyyyyyyyy. It came out very tasty and delicious. I prepared in Micro wave
    Thank you so much for the recipe



  • Brin December 20, 2007, 10:32 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    i have tried a similar cake many times. but i tried this recepie as i wanted to make it eggless. n i used baking soda instead of baking powder as u mentioned. n the cake did not rise at all. it got cooked like a sticky fudge.
    one more thing do u not use vanilla essence i put 1 tsp of it.

    it didnt not turn out very well. maybe next time.

    Shilpa: No Brin, I do not make any change in the ingredients when I bake this. It works fine when it is followed exactly as mentioned above. This is a dense cake, sot very fluffy.

  • Veena December 21, 2007, 9:50 pm

    This recipe is definitely easy to make and very yummy and very soft. Never thought it would be so smooth and fluffy Thanks for the recipe

  • Bhumika Bhatti December 22, 2007, 3:01 am

    Mucha cake recipe hindi ma chahiya ma cake bana chahti hu bagar ega ka ap mucha recipe bhag da

  • veena December 24, 2007, 5:39 am

    Hi i tried this recipe. it turned really nice. so made it once again. Thanks for the recipe

  • Sailaja Prakash December 24, 2007, 2:27 pm

    Hi Shilpa Garu,

    I made this cake. It came out really very good. Thank You for posting this worderful recipe.

    Once again thank you for your recipes…
    Wish you a Happy Chirstmas.

  • Rina December 24, 2007, 9:07 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    thanx thanx thanx!!!!!!!
    i tried the cake & it came out so well that i can’t tell u.
    keep it up.
    everybody in my house including me liked it.
    my husband requested me to prepare it again.
    the best part is it is eggless so i can prepare it anytime.
    thank u so much.
    looking for such more recipes.

  • roshni December 25, 2007, 3:48 am

    while baking the cake it rises..but after a while it sinks down..even if i allow it to stand in the oven for some time after cooking stops…

  • Madhumita December 25, 2007, 3:11 pm

    This cake is fabulous!!!!!I was skeptical before trying it coz’ most of my eggless cake trials have been a failure but this was was easy and came out really well.Thanks a lottttt!!!!!

  • POOJA December 26, 2007, 5:29 am

    hello i make this cake now and its verrry delicious n yummmmyyyyyyy.

  • RAVIPUJA December 26, 2007, 5:31 am



    Shilpa: Thats a very interesting thought :)

  • Vardhna Puri December 26, 2007, 9:15 am

    Hi, I am very new to baking so please dont mind my question but what kind of oil has to be used in cake?? I always thought cake is made with butter……

    Shilpa: You can use vegetable oil or peanut oil or sunflower oil, so far I have tried these three and all were good.
    Cake can be made without butter also.

  • arundati December 29, 2007, 3:24 am

    hi, just wanted to say that i tried out this recipe and it turned out fabulous…i made a trial batch and then a full blown batch baked in small takeaway tin boxes to give as part of my christmas hampers to vegetarians…it was a huge hit and i have had many neighbors saying they want to learn to make it…..thanks a tonne for this…i made a small variation of adding rum soaked fruit to the recipe….thanks a tonne and have a fabulous new year

  • chhaya topre January 1, 2008, 1:33 am

    I tried both recipes and they came out very well.

  • chhaya topre January 1, 2008, 1:36 am

    will you please send more cake recipes with out eggs as i am allergic to eggs

  • Mansi January 1, 2008, 5:08 pm

    I made a similar one with Persimmon and walnuts recently, but I’m thinking dates wold ahve been a great addiiton too:) I’ll be trying this one soon Shilpa:)

  • Maya January 1, 2008, 8:51 pm

    Hey Shilpa,

    I tried this cake today and it was simply superb..Thanx for the recipe..I am posting it in my blog today, hope u dont mind..

  • Veena January 4, 2008, 12:22 pm

    Looks great? Can I use coconut milk instead of milk? Because my son is allergic to regular cow’s milk.

    Shilpa: You have yo try it Veena, I am not sure :(. Sorry.

  • Veena January 6, 2008, 8:49 am

    How much is 1 cup exactly? I mean what size does it correspond to?

    Shilpa: 1 cup flour is 125gms in weight. I have used thee US style measuring cups. So you can find the equivalent easily in grams.

  • sk January 15, 2008, 12:21 pm

    I tried this cake for the second time yesterday.The first time i tried it had come out really good.I had to bake it only for 30 mins on top rack.
    Yesterday i baked in the middle rack.It was looking good when i checked at 30 mins but wasn’t baked well in the centre.I kept it in the oven for 5 mins more (i put it in the top rack this time) and after that the cake went down in the centre.It was completely uncooked in the centre.What could be the reson for the perfectly raised cake to plunge in the centre after baking?
    I know your recipe is right but i thought I will ask for your input on what could have gone wrong?

    Shilpa: SK, I have noticed this happening when we open the oven door again and again. Cool air gets into oven and that causes it to sink.Some people say over mixing the contents sometimes it happens(I am not sure about this though).

  • Tripura January 17, 2008, 3:06 pm

    hai, this is really very nice and good recipe..how to grease cake pan?is it necasery to grease?can i use oil?or flour to grease?

    Shilpa: You can use butter or any other nonstick spray to grease the cake pan. If you are using butter, after greasing it, add 1 tea spn of dry flour and shake the pan to get a think coating of flour inside the pan. Yes, it is necessary to grease the pan, otherwise cake sticks to the pan

  • Nicole January 18, 2008, 7:41 pm

    What country are these recipies from? They look good!

  • Shilpa January 21, 2008, 12:04 am

    yumeeeeeeeeeeeee ! it,s really tasty…………….

  • Gudiya January 21, 2008, 4:14 pm

    Hey Shilpa!!!
    i love the way u explain it.
    and i tried it when we have a get together at our frds home…
    it was awesome.
    soooo yummy!!!
    thanx for the recipe.

  • Rekha Bahl January 23, 2008, 10:12 am

    Namaskar Shilpa

    Tugel site pallonu bhari khushi jalle! (Very happy to see your site)
    You make us konkanis proud. I have tried several of your recipes and have never been disappointed. It’s also a great site to browse when I’m feeling nostalgic and home-sick.

    Am now going to try your cake recipe for my son’s b’day.
    I also have a request – would you happen to have a good recipe for veg. manchurian gravy? Have tried your Gobi manchu – it was yummy!
    Have never been able to make India Chinese restaurant style veg. manchu because the gravy comes out different and not so great every time..

    Thanks for helping so many of us make yummy meals.
    God bless you.

    Warm Regards

  • Manisha January 30, 2008, 1:20 pm

    Hello Shilpa,

    Your date cake is just awsome. No words to express. This is the first cake I ever baked in my life. I used to complain that i can not bake …, but whoever ate this cake gave so many complements to me. & that should go to you. & thank god for providing the raw ingredients.

    I am going to try your eggless friut cake very soon.

    Thanks again for sharing this.
    Aple Khup khup abhar.

  • Nivedita January 31, 2008, 3:52 pm


    I was just wondering if you know of any alternate flour to replace maida or all-purpose flour. My kid is allergic to wheat(gluten) and egg and this is a perfect dessert I am tempted to try. What do u think of soya flour.


    Shilpa: Sorry Nivedita. I don’t know. You have to try it out.

  • sharada February 1, 2008, 4:29 pm

    Hi,This is the first time i saw your site n as soon as i read the recipe i baked it n it turned out so delicious really thank you for the great n easy recipe (i tried out with the soft dates i had in my fridge soaked the dates in milk kept in the microwave for few seconds n after a minute grinded it)

  • smitha February 5, 2008, 2:54 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    I tried this cake y’day but with prunes and almonds as I didn’t have dates and was out of cashews. But it came very good and very soft and by today morning it was all over. Thank you very much for you and your pachi.

  • nipa February 6, 2008, 6:25 am

    hey it was gr8 watching ur site with all those everyday recipes….well i tried the date n walnut cake…it came out pretty well soft n dark…but i found it to b very sweet….so is thr ny variation i can do to reduce the sweetness…also i wanted to kno tht how long i need stir it n wot shud b the consistency like….should b stiff or pouring cosistency….will b waiting for ur reply…ta

    Shilpa: Nipa, reduce the sugar level and try. You have to mix till all the ingredients come together.

  • Beena February 6, 2008, 7:16 am

    Hi Shilpa

    I am a regular visitor to your site. I have been on a healthy eating mode and have lost up to 12-13 kilos in past few months the process has been little slow because I have also binged quite a lot in btwn. I am a food lover so need less to say this has been a battle but I came up with tasty non fat dishes after a lot of brain storming.

    I think you should start a section for dieting and ask people to share their recipes.

    I am an Indian and it was hard for me to come up with the dishes which had Indian ingredients tasted nice and spicy but was healthy and non fat.

    I can share recipes I have first let me know what you think.

    Shilpa: Beena, thanks for your advise. I will get in touch with you if and when I decide to do the section.

  • rajee February 11, 2008, 10:40 pm

    Could I make this cake in pressure cooker as i dont have an oven. If yes, how? Thanks in advance

  • kiranmayi February 12, 2008, 10:26 pm


    I tried the cake yesterday night as i was dying to try this out.It came out simply marvellous.thanks for sharing this recipe.I baked the cake in microweave and it came out very soft and yummy.

    thansk once again.

    Kiranmayi R Kamath

  • Anjali Sardesai February 13, 2008, 4:12 am

    I am strictly vegitarian. Dont eat even egg. I always search for eggless cakes. I was searching for info abt Wet Dates (Khajoor). I found ur site. Extraordinary site.

    Mala tee pahoon aani vaachoon khoooop khooooooooooop anand zala.

  • Ruchi Gupta February 15, 2008, 1:41 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    This is the third time I made your cake, it came out well but in the centre, little portion was unbaked. Do you have any idea why it was so?

    Shilpa: You should have kept it for some more time. Use a sharp knife or tooth pick to insert in the center and check if it is baked. If not, try to keep in lower shelf so that it does not get burnt from top.

  • Purnima February 20, 2008, 7:45 am

    Wow the roses looks too good on this…n you hv a lovely textured cake there!! this is my family n friend’s fave too! (I bumped into my friend whom I had taken this last week, she is after me for the recipe!!! Fever at highest!)

  • bailelobammunu February 20, 2008, 7:01 pm

    OMG. This looks good. Really good. I would not be able to make this cake at gunpoint. I guess I just need to print out a pic and salivate.

    Shilpa: bailelobammunu, its one of the easiest cakes to make. You can definitely do it. Try it. The decoration is not required, as I was taking it for a party, i decorated it. It was the first cake for many people. So I am sure you will be able to get it right.

  • gowri February 21, 2008, 8:58 pm

    Hey shilpa,
    cake looks yum… one question ??? I have a loaf pan…Should I need to reduce the quantity to bake in that?? Thanks,

  • Varsha February 22, 2008, 1:00 am

    Shilpakka….baking soda is the same as the soda we use in buns etc….that is Soda bi carb??

    Shilpa: Both are same Varsha. I got a very nice article about difference between baking soda and baking powder. Check out.

  • MONA February 22, 2008, 1:16 am


    Shilpa: Use any oil that does not have strong smell(like mustard, coconut and sesame oils). I normally use either vegetable oil or peanut oil.

  • Niv February 22, 2008, 6:05 pm


    This cake recipe is awesome. My 4.5 yr old son just loves this. He is allergic to wheat(gluten) so I made it with gluten free baking mix which is made out of brown rice(more healthier), baking soda, baking powder and still the cake tastes yummmm. Thanks for the excellent recipe.
    Also, I could not find seedless dates today but found crushed dates. Any ideas approximatley how many cups would 18 dates make. I want to try making the cake with crushed dates.


  • madhumati February 24, 2008, 1:44 am


    The receipe looks great. will try, yesterday only i made eggless pineapple mava cake, it turned great. I luv to prepare and always try new receipe. I’LL will be very happy if you could please give us some tips on decoration of cakes. like making flowers, or any site showing designs or any books



    Shilpa: Madhumati, please check out Wilton.com

  • miss juliea paul February 24, 2008, 5:20 am

    juliea paul
    Wonderful eggless cake. I will try it and let u know soon. Thanx for sharing .

  • Swati February 24, 2008, 9:17 pm

    Hi Shilpa, today i made this cake, it tastes good but littlebit sticky. Also 3/4 cup milk wasn’t sufficient so i added 1 more cup of milk. Plz let me know what went wrong. Thanx for sharing this recipe.

  • vani February 24, 2008, 9:29 pm

    hi shilpa,

    thanks for the recepi. will defenetly try this out and let u know.

  • AA_Mom February 26, 2008, 1:30 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    I have lurked on and off on your site for a few months now and am amazed at the amount of effort you put in here.

    I like this recipe and am going to try it. Thanks for sharing such wonderful dishes with us. You are making the world a better place to live with your enthusiasm and great recipes.

  • Nila February 27, 2008, 6:04 am

    hi there
    i must say this was one of the easiest recipies i have come across. i made it for my b’day last week it was wonderful. all my guests loved it. i was well pleased. thanks to you for sharing the recipe with us.
    i just have one question for you please.
    i dont have a gas oven, instead i have a fan oven, could you please tell me the settings for that and the cooking time.


    Shilpa: Nila, Sorry, I don’t have any idea. If you have baked it once already, I think you should follow the same.

  • shanjeshni February 27, 2008, 6:48 am

    hi.i am looking for recipes of cake baked in micrwave oven… if u do have any recipes please do mail it to me

  • Swati February 27, 2008, 1:58 pm

    Hi shilpa,
    i’ ve alredy posted earlier but didn’t get answer. Also i wanted to tell u that it was ready within 25 minutes. Plz tell me how much milk we’ve to add for soaking dates. Thanks.

    Shilpa: Swati, you have to add the EXACT amount that is mentioned in the recipe. I have tried this recipe many times and it works fine. The batter becomes a bit dry compared to any other cake, but that is the required consistency. There is no need to increase/decrease the amount of milk.

  • AA_Mom February 27, 2008, 2:17 pm

    I tried this recipe Shilpa, with whole wheat flour and it turned out Superb. This recipe is a keeper for me now.


  • sugan February 28, 2008, 4:21 am

    I tried out this cake twice and it came out very well …. also, since i don ‘ve an oven i baked the cake in the cooker only … it was awesome.

  • Nalina February 28, 2008, 7:30 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    I baked the dates cake, it was really good. Thanks for your cake recipe, I would be happy to try your recipes more.


  • AA_Mom February 28, 2008, 2:16 pm

    Can you tell us how to bake in a cooker? sounds interesting

    Shilpa: I haven’t yet tried baking in cooker, but will try to find it out.

  • wen March 1, 2008, 6:04 am

    i have baked this eggless date cake already and so very yummy…served it when i hosted a small party in my house for my bestfriend…they all loved it….am baking it now again as i write this…..and that was the last of my dates i got from jeddah, saudi arabia waaaaaahhhhh

    can i share this recipe and post it in my own blog?

    wen, philippines

    Shilpa: Wen, you can do that, but please provide a link to this post.

  • Rohini March 3, 2008, 2:19 pm

    I made this cake for my birthday and it was tooooooo good…..just couldn’t stop eating it, my both kids also loved it.
    This cake recipe is surely going to be in my family favorite recipe list.
    Thank you for posting such a delicious recipe.
    keep up the good job.

  • nila March 4, 2008, 5:37 am

    hi shilpa
    i made this cake using my sister’s oven, thats why it came out right first time. but i have a fan oven . if anyone else has tried it using the fan oven. please let me know that will be helpful.

  • Zeb March 4, 2008, 6:13 am

    Dear Shilpa,
    Tried out your date cake today and it turned out really good. The only problem was that it was a bit burnt at the bottom. Any idea as to why that happened???

  • Jeanette March 5, 2008, 4:55 am


    Your receipe looks simple and the picutures look tempting will try it out asap. Please let me know how you did the icing as I h’ve never tried decorating cakes.

  • Neelam Salvi March 7, 2008, 11:22 am

    I have a quiestion..I asked so many people and searched so often on the internet..but nobody knows the answer..
    Is there a subistute for baking soda /powder while making cakes..Please tell me if u know…

  • Anjali March 7, 2008, 1:17 pm

    OMG!!! this looks really awesome.. my husband saw this recipe.. repeatedly asking me to make this cake.. :D

  • lijo thomas March 8, 2008, 8:44 am

    hai, I tried first time your reciepe because my daughter cannot eat egg ,it came out very nice. thank you very much.

  • chhaya topre March 8, 2008, 10:53 am

    hi shilpa,
    no reply from you.i have sent one dal recipe with green tomatoes and green chillies.waiting for the review.

  • neena March 10, 2008, 9:11 am

    hi shilpa,

    i tried this wonderfull cake twice both time it came out so tasty and soft. thanks a lot to share such wonderfull recipe. shilpa can u plz tell me about your electric oven setting like cake should place in which rake and fan should be off or on ?
    in advance thanks for your reply

  • Nandita March 10, 2008, 9:33 pm

    The cake fever touched Bombay too….check my report here – http://saffrontrail.blogspot.com/2008/03/eggless-date-walnut-cake.html
    Thanks to your aunt and to you for being sweet to share this with us :)

  • Aaarti March 11, 2008, 8:35 am

    wow, this is one awesome recipe.. shall sure try it out… :)

  • anuradha March 12, 2008, 3:19 pm

    hey shilpa,
    came across your blog while searching for recipes. your way of presenting the recipes is really good. your dates cake looked tempting and tried it last evening. it came out very well. my 4 year old son too loved it. will try more of your recipes soon. thanks a lot for the lovely recipe.

  • Divya March 13, 2008, 3:42 am

    Hi shilpa,
    tried out your date cate..my my it came out sooooo well that even i am amazed.that was my first attempt at baking and voila!!!i did it in the microwave though,still it came out very soft and fluffy.i sent that cake to my parents who are in cochin thru my bro who had come to visit me.very happy to say that the cake fever has spread in chennai as well as in cochin.can i post that recipe on my blog,with your permission..?pls let me know

    Shilpa: Yes Divya. You can post it, please give a link to this post.

  • Sarika March 13, 2008, 8:46 am

    The recipe was really easy and resulted a good cake. Forcibly I resisted trying the low calorie version without oil, Since I tried this the first time. Will surely try that next time. My only concern was, we felt it a little more salty… would like to try it with little less baking soda (3/4tsp) in next iteration. Hope it will not effect the fluffiness.

  • Laxmi Iyer March 14, 2008, 1:24 pm

    Ohh this one is so simple and great to eat without oil, without butter,without egg means more healthy…I have recently tried strawberry cake at home but i liked this one bcoz its a healthire version …iam gonna try this
    Thanks for the wonderful receipe

  • Purnima March 18, 2008, 12:51 am

    Shilpa —
    1. The white buttercream roses-china roses, look fab!!
    2. Last time when I made this , I used brown sugar n the color went lovely brown n the cake came out crisp on out, moist inside!
    3. Yest. for a 2 year old’s bday, I baked a heart shaped cake with the measure n directions precise as urs, prepared buttercream first time, hence though refrigerated, it got runny so I had to ice it n put back in the fridge, n topped it with mini M&M’s!! They loved it a lot! THANKYOU (big one + HUGS) for ur ideas the dates cake is contagiously spreading!! :D shall send u a photo via mail once uploaded…take care..bye..

  • Vinaya March 18, 2008, 1:11 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    Thanks a ton for this recipe. I have prepared this cake many times and its been a hit among my family and friends :).

    – Vinaya

  • Divya March 19, 2008, 11:25 pm
  • Yashwini March 20, 2008, 3:47 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    cake looks great and especially with dates, nice idea
    thank you for sharing.

  • Anu March 26, 2008, 11:05 pm

    Hi shilpa,
    I made the cake.But it did not come fluffy.no air in between .I used hand mixer to mix oil and date paste.Or do you think i shud hae kept fr a longer time?

    Shilpa: This cake is a bit dense because of dates. I am not sure why it did not come fluffy. sorry.

  • Divya March 27, 2008, 10:24 am

    Hey Shilpa,
    The cake turned out very well …except the base stuck to the cake pan (aluminium ,use and throw).I did grease the pan
    yet the taste was absolutely amazing .Thanks for spreading the cake fever!!!

  • Rashmi Gandhi March 30, 2008, 2:29 am

    Its a great n easy recipe. i liked it very mush as its eggless.
    Thank you very much.
    Also i love to cook n try new dishes so is there a possibility that i can add my recipes to your website.


  • sharmistha March 30, 2008, 2:48 am

    The recepe is awesome…i always wondered how ppl make date cakes but never knew it was so easy…thanks a lot for bring it from ur kitchen to my kitchen:)

  • Lalitha S.K. March 30, 2008, 6:44 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    I tried your cake recipe for a party at my home. It was a superhit. My friends and my husband’s friends enjoyed it very much. I made some changes in your recipe. I used self raising flour instead of all purpose flour. Also I used pitted red dates as brown dates are not available in my area. And I don’t have a conventional oven. So I baked in a microwave oven for 5 minutes. After baking for 5 minutes in the oven, I allowed it to remain for another 5 minutes without switching on the machine. The cake was very soft and delicious.

    Thank u very much Shilpa. Doing a great job. Keep it up.


  • Aparna April 4, 2008, 11:59 am

    Thanks Shilpa!

    My family loveddd this cake. My dad doesnt like cakes usually because they have eggs in them and always complains of the “egg smell”. he lovedddd this cake!

    Thank you for sharing it with us :)

  • Deepti April 8, 2008, 8:58 am

    hi shilpa thanks 4 sharing the recipe i tried with dry dates ( chuara) it came out too gd .I have a question do we need to cool the cake completely before taking out from the baking dish as i took it out when it was hot straight from oven it broke little did this happened because i did not allow it to cool down

    Shilpa: Yes, allow it to cool before taking out from pan.

  • Geeta April 9, 2008, 6:50 am

    Dear Shilpa,
    When I saw the recipe & pictures they were so tempting that instantly I decided to make it. I’m very bad at baking but to my amazement now I’m not & for that thanx to you b’cause the cake turned out fabulous , tasty, moist & we just couldn’t resist ourselves from finishing it. My husband & son just loved it. Seeing forward to take some more baking lessons from you.Thank you so much once again. God bless you

  • Divya Vikram April 19, 2008, 7:11 pm

    am definitely trying this cake..Thanks for sharing

  • Glenda April 21, 2008, 7:59 pm

    I am a first time user of the blogs and have found these receipes great. Since I have never made a cake in my life please tell me if all purpose flour is the same as plain flour or self raising flour. I am so confused and don’t want to mess it up for the first time.

    Shilpa: All purpose flour is same as plain flour. Self-rising flour is all-purpose flour with added salt and leavening (baking powder).

  • GLENDA April 21, 2008, 9:08 pm

    Help where can I get baking soda, or what is the indian word for it. Here all the supermarkets have baking powder. What does the soda look like is it liquid???
    I have never baked before hence my ignorance

    Shilpa: Its also called meetha soda. It is a white powder, looks exactly like baking powder.

  • Pratima April 28, 2008, 2:44 pm

    you can also use ghee (sajuk tup) for this, to make it more healthy instead of oil.

  • Lakshmi April 29, 2008, 12:34 pm

    Hi I tried your Dates Eggless Cake and it came out really tasty and wonderful,nice fluffy spongy cake!!! With this exact measurement there is no chance of anything going wrong.My whole family loved it! Thanks for the recipe.

  • neetu May 2, 2008, 8:21 am

    hi shilpa..
    i m planning to make this cake..but i dont hav oven or microwave.. plz suggest me how can i make this cake without using oven or microwave.
    can i make this cake in cooker by giving heat.. plz help..

  • Anju May 3, 2008, 6:44 pm

    wow i loved the cake soooo much… <3


  • Chhaya May 7, 2008, 10:04 am

    Hi Shilpa, I tried your date cake this week for my husband’s birthday and we all liked it a lot..I made a few variations to it…will post it soon..but thanks a lot for sharing this recipe ! I must say that I am a very frequent visitor to your blog and its an amazing one ! Keep it up :)

  • Gayatri kanjan May 9, 2008, 11:56 pm

    taste of this cake is very tasty.

  • Sumi May 10, 2008, 12:09 pm

    I was searching for some simple, and quick cake receipe and stumbled across yours.Started of relectantly as Iam not a big fan of dates.BUt after baking, I as very much impressed.It was super delicious.Thanks for the wonderful receipe.I will post it my blog with the picture and the link.

  • Tripti May 14, 2008, 1:17 pm


    Hi this cake looks fantabulous and tates so good that now I am hooked on to it. My boys 5 and 2 simply love it. Thanks for posting this awesome recipe.

  • kim May 14, 2008, 7:31 pm

    i absolutely love this recipe. i’ve made it maybe 5 times already. i’ve tried it the way it was written (except I substitute soymilk for regular milk- I’m vegan!), i’ve tried it lowfat without oil, with decreased sugar and it still comes out great everytime! i can probably eat the whole cake in one day. :) thanks for sharing your recipe.

    the place that i buy dates from has run out recently so i picked up some dried prunes instead. i was thinking about this cake and wondered if prunes could stand in for the dates. i know the sugar content is not the same and the flavor will be different but how interesting would that be? do you think it will work?

    Shilpa: No idea kim :(. But I feel it will work well.

  • neha May 15, 2008, 3:34 pm

    hi ,
    i want to make this date n walnut cake for 20 people…
    can you please tell me how much of each ingredients i will need….this is urgent…

    Shilpa: The above measure makes the cake for about 8 people.

  • Manju May 16, 2008, 11:11 am

    hi shilpa,
    I tried this date cake & believe me,in first trial it was superb.It was really very fluffy & moist!Thank u sooooo much for this great recipe.
    U’r all recipes r too good.I like u’r style.Daily i look for u’r new recipes.Keep it up!
    Thanks again!

  • SANTHINI May 16, 2008, 3:26 pm

    i have alwys tried to bake cake in my microwave oven and it turns out hard as in rusk/toast
    whats the prob
    let me try this recipe as i love dtes and eat it to prevent me from acidity .thanks will tell u if it comes well

  • neha May 20, 2008, 8:09 am

    i liked ur receipe n it looks delicious so want 2 try my hand on it the only problem is i dnt how 2 make the icing and that to eggless cn u pls help me with this vry eager 2 try this receipe

  • gayatri pai May 22, 2008, 10:02 am

    awesome recipe..tomorrow is my parents anniversary,so was looking for one.will definetly try it out and get back


  • Vrushali May 22, 2008, 2:44 pm

    The cake looks yummy….i’m gonna make it very soon. Thanks!

  • Maurine May 23, 2008, 2:48 pm


    dates are nasty!

    Shilpa: Thats an interesting feedback Maurine!!!

  • shivani May 24, 2008, 3:35 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    I subscribe to your blog, so I am a frequent visitor to your site. I enjoy the recipes you post.
    I baked this cake 6 months ago, and as you aptly mentioned, ‘cake fever’ has spread around my friends (and their friends). Thanks for posting such a wonderful recipe!
    I just checked out your Egg curry recipe, looks interesting. I will give it a shot. We have been eating brown rice for a while now, and I use slow cooker to make it. I keep it just before I go to bed, and next morning, I wake up with enchanting aroma of brown rice. (It also gets cooked very well in slow cooker)..
    Anyways, keep the good work going..

    • Seetha April 11, 2014, 1:06 pm

      Shivani, I got a sloecooker as a gift and I was wondering what I can use it for since I am a vegetarian. Saw your comment and interested to know the ratio of rice:water for the brown rice. What kind of brown rice do you use? And what settings do you use in the slow cooker.

      Appreciate your response.


  • shanti May 26, 2008, 12:52 am

    hey shilpa..
    thats a gr8 job…
    ur reciepe is so interesting & i feel it very easy 2 try this out.
    infact i love date cakes but i dont know their reciepe.. but now u really helped me.. thanks dear..

  • karuna May 26, 2008, 11:03 pm

    hi shilpa,
    yesterday i tried this cake using cooker, wow its turned out great. thanks for sharing.

    Shilpa: Hi Karuna, can you please explain how you made it in cooker. I have never used cooker for any cakes and many people wanted to know about it. Thanks in advance.

  • Sheena May 29, 2008, 7:14 am

    I made this cake last week, it turned out great.
    Only one thing I wanted to change, can I use
    ghee or melted butter instead of oil.

    The smell of oil was very strong.

    Please advise, thanks a lot.


    Shilpa: As I have mentioned above, you can make it without any oil.

  • Janaki May 29, 2008, 5:55 pm

    Hey Shilpa !!
    Your site is really interesting and you put everything in a very simple way and makes me want to try it .
    I tried this cake today and it was YUMMY .What is butter cream icing you have made for this cake ? can you tell me the recipe for that ?

    Also is it possible for me to do a whipped cream icing without a electric mixer or kitchen aid at home ?

    Shilpa: Please check the post now. I have given link to the buttercream recipe. You could try using a whisp and beat the cream.

  • shanti June 1, 2008, 10:22 am

    hey shilpa..
    i tried d cake.. it came out well but iam still in a small confusion..plz make me clear whether v have 2 use dry kharjoor or wet.. i mean d wet dates which v get here(like lion dates).. plz plz answer me…

    Shilpa: Wet dates

  • vijaya June 4, 2008, 3:49 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    I have been visiting your site for past few months.
    I tried to make this cake at home. It came out really well. It was very yummy.

    I am from Mlore actually.
    I observed so much of difference in the konkani cooking in north kanara and south kanara.

    Nice site. Nice to know there are so many konkani recipes. :)


  • Gayatri June 9, 2008, 3:31 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    I tried this recipe, cake tasted Awesome.
    I read most of your recipes, my hubby is a great fan of wada pav.
    I really appreciate your time for posting these recipes.
    keep them coming :)

  • Sarika June 9, 2008, 4:33 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    The cake turned out to be awesome. the simple recipe made this my first baking project and i loved it. so far i have made it 4 times and whoeve has tasted it has loved it and asked for the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  • pooja sharma June 10, 2008, 7:00 am

    today i made a eggless cake in my microwave oven and the cake was so hard that it was unable to eat…
    i have an doubt…i put baking powder instead of baking soda, thats why its bcoming hard or why ??
    what’s reason why my cake become so hard like a stone ??
    pls do reply my ques….
    thank u…..

  • pooja sharma June 10, 2008, 7:11 am

    hi shilpa
    today i made a eggless cake in my microwave oven and the cake was so hard that it was unable to eat…
    i have an doubt…i put baking powder instead of baking soda, thats why its bcoming hard or why ??
    what’s reason why my cake become so hard like a stone ??
    pls do reply my ques….
    thank u…..

    Shilpa: Pooja, I have no idea. I have never baked it in microwave, but many of my readers said they tried it in microwave and they got very good results. Try using baking soda.

  • parakrama June 11, 2008, 12:05 pm

    very good. i like this way

    chef parakrama

  • kaveri June 13, 2008, 6:20 am

    Hi Shilpa!!!

    I tried this cake day before and it came out very well. Thanks a lot for sharing so easy and excellent recipies. I find it very comfotable to experiment your recipies. Most of the time it comes out very well. I baked this cake at 11 pm after getting back from work!!!!! :)

  • ritu June 13, 2008, 7:58 am

    awesome recipe!! i haev made it so many times…
    truly the ‘fever’ is spreading!!

  • krithika June 14, 2008, 5:48 pm

    Tried it last night. Turned out really well. Very very moist and delicious. Thanks for this wonderful recipe

  • Ashwini Bhat June 18, 2008, 3:58 am


    I really like your website. My native is Kumta and a lot of your dishes remind me of my aayee’s recipes :-)

    I tried your date cake and it came out wonderfully. I used wheat flour instead of maida and was a little apprehensive about it but it turned out fine. Thanks for such great recipes!

  • Dhivya June 18, 2008, 4:19 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    Wonderfull receipe . looks Yummy and wanted to taste it. will try out and let u know. Thanks keep posting new receipe’s ;-)

  • Aparna June 19, 2008, 9:31 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    I tried out your recipe – it was delicious. My daughter does not eat dates – so this is a great way to have her eat some dates. Thank you so much…

  • Vanitha June 21, 2008, 7:25 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    I am regular reader of ur blog and thanks for posting whole lot of M’loreran dishes. Today for the third time I prepared date cake within a month and turned out to be a favourite cake for my daughter. Its really spreading like a cake fever among my friends.

  • Divya June 22, 2008, 9:52 am


  • meghana June 25, 2008, 5:34 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    I tried this cake and everyone loved it. Thanks for such a simple and delicious recipe.


  • sandhya June 29, 2008, 3:51 am

    dear shilpa,
    i made this cake this afternoon for my mom’s birthday and it turned out awesome. i just loved so did everyone. just that i didn’t do any icing on it. i was hesistant first to do something like this without an egg as i always baked one with eggs. but thanks a million. i will make t his more often now.
    thanks once again

  • Latha June 30, 2008, 10:29 am

    Dear Shipla:
    I tried this cake and it was good. I used butter instead of oil and also I used on 15 dates instead of 18(the dates were really big), it was sweet enough.
    Thanks for such a simple recipe. I have to try without oil next time.


  • Latha June 30, 2008, 10:31 am

    Dear Shilpa:

    Thanks for such a lovely recipe. I tried this one and it was good. I used butter instead of oil and also only 15 dates instead of 18(they were big dates).
    Next time I want to try without oil.

    Thanks again,

  • bhagyashree July 2, 2008, 8:24 am

    Hi shilpa,
    started browsing ur site since few days,great recipes.
    wanted to try the date cake,what do u mean by 1 cup any measurement (in ml)i am confused which cup to use??actually tried to read the comments thinking i might find in it but god how many comments for the cake tired…………..plz let me know.have never baked a cake can i use the aluminium tray available in market to bake,after greasing u sai we need to powder it what powder?????plz let me know,waiting for ur reply so that i can try the cake. thanks in advance

    Shilpa: Bhagyashree, 1 cup measurement in the measuring cups that you get in market, usually its a set of cups and spoons with exact measurements(like this, I have a similar plastic one). I think its about 126gms(according to google). You should use “oven proof dish”. You will get these in any supermarkets these days. I am not sure where I said use “powder”!!!!. But anyway – greasing of dish means, applying butter to the cake vessel and then spreading some loose flour(abt 1 tea spn) so that the vessel gets a nice coating of flour(the same flour used for making the cake).

  • BHAGYASHREE July 3, 2008, 12:32 am


  • Shweta July 4, 2008, 4:26 am

    Dear Shilpa,

    I came across your site sometime back when I was looking for tasty Indian chicken recipes to cook for my husband, as I did not eat or cook chicken while growing up – I am a self taught cook and am always looking for good recipes to try! I now come to your site regularly and love browsing for interesting ideas to cook vegetables and chicken other than the ways I know. Besides the wonderfully easy recipes that you post, I would really like to thank you for taking the time and effort to collect your family’s recipes (which to me are like heirlooms) and sharing them with all your readers. I personally think food spreads joy and you have added to the joy of many-a-families – so thank you!
    As for the date cake, believe it or not, it was my first attempt (ever) at baking a cake and although your recipe looked easy and very tempting, I was worried about it. I have always been told that baking is an exact science and not every one can get it right.. I am a person who finds it hard to stick to recipes, as I always improvise to add my own touch but I stuck to your recipe and thank god I did (well, almost!!). I used big mejdool dates and less sugar and half the quantity of oil and it turned out absolutely fabulous!!! I got home from work at 8 o’clock and the cake was ready for us as a lovely dessert by the time we finished dessert.. My husband has already polished off half of it and said that he really loved it. It is a lovely recipe and one which I will definitely try again.
    Keep posting as I really look forward to seeing your traditional recipes and pictures – actually the pictures are what makes me decide to try the recipes out..
    All the best and many thanks again!

  • Geetha July 4, 2008, 8:06 pm


    I baked this cake, it came out very yummy. My 2 year old son is fan of this cake.

  • Sarita July 5, 2008, 10:51 am

    Hi Shilpa thanks for sharing this recipe.Tried it today & it was delicious.My daughter just wouldn’t believe that a cake so delicious can be baked without butter,cream ,ghee & essence

  • Pallavi July 6, 2008, 9:19 am

    Hey Shilpa!
    First off, a big thanks for this wonderful & truly awesome recipe!!! This cake is super! I doubled the recipe & it disappeared within 2 days!
    The best part about this cake: doesn’t need too many ingredients, doesn’t need too many pots n pans for the prep work, doesn’t need any special kind of equipment, all the ingredients are readily available and the taste of this cake is really really good!!
    Now coming to the actual cake: I doubled the recipe & baked it in a 9″x 12″ dark non-stick pan at 350F. The edges of the cake rose well but the cake seemed to sink in the center, don’t know why. After the cake was baked (about 40mins or so) I let it cool completely. Then when I turned it over, the middle part stuck to the pan & the edges came of instantly! This has happened the first time….and I have baked lots of cakes. I had greased the pan very well…so have no idea what went wrong. And lastly the amount called for adding the nuts which is optional…..I changed that & added 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts. Next time I’m going to increase them to 1/2 a cup, they taste awesome in this cake…..the nutty texture of the almonds with the chewy texture of the dates goes well. (remember this is for the recipe which I had doubled…..so if you are going to bake the cake with 1 cup of flour I guess 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts should be good).
    Next time I’m going to be adventourous & try the same cake with whole wheat flour & see what happens. Will post back here to let you all know.
    But to all those who are ‘thinking’ of trying this cake: Go Ahead!! You will love this cake!
    Once again Shilpa, a BIG thanks!!! And please do convey the same to your Aunt who shared this recipe with you!!

  • rashmi July 8, 2008, 2:10 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    I tried ur date cake n it was absolutely delicious.Only change I made was I used Whole wheat flour instead if Maida for health reasons.Thanks a ZILLION!!!

  • Pallavi July 8, 2008, 6:42 pm

    i want to try it with whole wheat flour too….since you’ve tried it, i wanted to know how did you like the taste & texture of the cake?
    thanks in advance.

  • shilpa July 9, 2008, 1:12 am

    hi shilpa,

    I tried cake..n must confess…the softest, fluffiest n brownest non-chocolate cake that i have ever baked. the oil had no smell in it. will try with ghee and wheat-flour next time.

    it was appreciated by my family as well as by colleages.

    thanks for posting such great recipe.

  • PREMA PRASAD July 10, 2008, 1:24 am

    please send me the receipe of eggless sponge cake by using yoghurt & not oil

  • Pallavi July 10, 2008, 2:32 pm

    Hi Shilpa!
    Made the cake…..again!! It’s too yummy & dissappearsso quickly that I had to bake it again. And I always double the recipe!
    This time tried it with whole wheat pastry flour. It was good. But not as good as the all purpose flour one.With whole wheat flour it comes out more dense & heavy.
    Also this time I baked it in 2 pans & the cake didn’t stick to the pan.
    My daughter took it to school today!
    Thanks for the recipe again Shilpa!

  • sheetalmadhu July 17, 2008, 6:09 am

    Hey its really good idea,and it has very simple steps to be followed.

    Thanks and Regards,

  • Sunayana July 26, 2008, 10:21 am

    Hi Shilpa

    Thanks for this recipe.. I am planning to make this today. Just a question. What size of baking dish is fine for this? I don have one i am planning to take the aluminum one which is available. So Please let me know. Thanks again


    Shilpa: I use 9 inch round pan.You can use any pan you have. But make sure the batter is only till 3/4 the volume. If it is more than that and you have only one pan, divide it into two batches.

  • Anshu July 31, 2008, 7:28 am

    Would want whipped cream recipe, if any one can help me- pl mail on mysteriousanshu@yahoo.co.in

  • shilpa rao August 1, 2008, 1:06 am

    Hi shilpa,
    Thanks, my 2 1/2yrs young son will be very happy to have this in his tiffin box. And for him i have to visit your site regularly.. : )

  • vinita kukkar August 1, 2008, 4:54 am

    This is really a ecellent recipie. I liked it very much. I had a query that all time i prepared he icing for cake,it first sets on cake but after its kept at room temp. it starts melting. So can u tell me the exact recipie of preparing icing and how to check that consistency is OK.

    Shilpa: Vinita, I have used this recipe for buttercream. It never melted. But if you have a recipe that is butter based, it will surely melt at high temperatures because of butter. If I find some recipe in future, I will surely update.

  • shyla August 3, 2008, 10:21 pm


    I am yet to try this recipe with dates but I make the same cake with figs soaked in warm milk for about 2 hours. The procedure and recipe remains the same. The fig cake also comes out excellently well and my kids and friends gulped the cake down within minutes. pls do share some tips on making icing/the cream. Thanks.

  • pramila August 4, 2008, 4:06 am

    great going guys
    very interesting site !!!!

  • VYJAYANTHI KAMATH August 5, 2008, 2:07 pm

    i tried this cake yesterday, it came out nice and tasted well too, took some pieces to my office, everybody liked it so much… thanks for the wonderful as well as easy recipe.

  • Mugdha August 5, 2008, 2:31 pm

    This recipe is quick easy to make and delicious.I baked this cake my daughter loved it. She is allergic to eggs so I was searching for recipes which don’t call for eggs.Thanks for sharing the recipe

  • Anu August 7, 2008, 5:05 am

    This looks simply great. I cant wait to try this at home. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Nellie Frölich August 10, 2008, 8:04 am

    Would like to know the weight of the dates for the date cake, as there are some many different varieties of dates and they differ in weight. I also want to try it with chestnut puree, another reason why I need to have the weight.

    Thanks for letting me know.

    The Netherlands

  • praneeta August 12, 2008, 8:46 am

    ur recipe is fine . i tried it in microwave. came out well.if u could send me some other recipes that can be tried in microwave that would be helpful. like butter biscuits…. bakery products. thankyou. have a nice day.

  • Divya August 14, 2008, 9:50 am

    First time visiting your blog! Amazing collection of recipes. The eggless date cake particularly caught my eye, am going try it this weekend!

    Great job!


  • sham August 18, 2008, 1:02 am


    i am planning to make this cake for a b’day.i was jus wondering wat icing wld be best for this cake flavour.


  • ranjitha August 19, 2008, 10:41 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    I found this cake to be very yummy. Thanks for posting it. I wish to bake this cake for my in-laws and send it to India with my parents when will be leaving. So do u have any idea will this cake last during traveling?

    it would be great if u could lemme know

  • richa August 20, 2008, 11:20 am

    Yum Yum :P
    sounds yummy and quite interesting, very different frm what we generally make.I am definitely gonna try this one. Will let u know did the “cake fever” take over or not :)

    Thanks for sharing a secret:)

  • Aparna August 22, 2008, 5:52 pm


    First of all, let me congratulate you for your great work.
    I got married few months ago & my husband’s birthday is coming up in 2 days. I want to bake this cake and surprise him. We are staying in a hotel & don’t have an Oven in my room. I was wondering if the cake can be baked in a microwave oven. If yes, please let me know the procedure & time taken to do it.

    A quick response would be very much appreciated.

    Best Regards

    Shilpa: Aparna, as I have replied many times to different readers here, I have never baked the cake in microwave. Some of my readers did it and they said it comes well. You need to try.

  • Paul August 24, 2008, 6:22 am

    I have tried your date cake recipe and it is wonderful. I adapted a little by using chopped dates which I warmed in milk in the microwave before grinding. I also used more dates but almost no sugar since I do not like things too sweet. The result was great. Thank you so much.

    I live near Bath in England so the reach of your delicious recipes has extended across the Atlantic. I look forward to trying more soon.

  • Zeba September 3, 2008, 5:50 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Last month I tried your date cake and it came out superb even i tried your paneer chilli as well n was too good
    ur simple tips no doudt great..keep it up

  • jun September 4, 2008, 8:04 pm

    hi shilpa..i’m jun from malaysia..came across this while bloghopping..i think i wanna try this recipe of urs..and ask ur permission to post it in my blog n put ur link to it? hope u dont mind..tq…

    Shilpa: Yes, thats fine.

  • Tejal September 6, 2008, 1:38 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    Thanks a lot for this recipe. I made it yesterday, it was very tasty. I am scared of baking coz every time i try either fire alarm goes on or the cake remain uncooked. But this recipe turned out perfect, now i feel i can bake too. thanks again.

  • sheeba September 7, 2008, 6:46 am

    hi dear,

    i came accros this website while searching for date cake recipe… its really great responses you get and definitely im going to try it today. can u tell if i can use self raising flour or plain flour for this recipe?


  • chumki September 9, 2008, 1:17 am

    hey shilpa….i dont have an oven…..can i bake dis cake in pressure cooker?

  • chumki September 9, 2008, 1:51 am

    hey shilpa….i dont have an oven…..can i bake dis cake in pressure cooker?and do i need to grind the dates with sugar in a mixer?

    Shilpa: I haven’t tried baking anything in cooker so far. Sorry. Check out other comments, you may find something

  • Eve September 10, 2008, 6:48 am

    This recipe reminds me of a date-nut bread that is made in my family, although I think our recipe has eggs in it, if I recall correctly. The dates are just chopped into pieces, not blended, and we make it in empty cans lined with wax paper to get small rounded loaves. It’s delicious! I may have to give this recipe a try.

  • radhika prabhu September 11, 2008, 3:58 am

    hi shilpa,
    i prepared your cake and it is so delicious,tempting.i ate 3/4 of the cake. i am thinking of preparing this cake on evry special occasion. thankyou for this wonderful recipie. one thing i added ghee instead of oil that too 1/2 the quantity mentioned by you and it came out nice.

  • Chef Tanvi September 14, 2008, 8:23 pm

    This cake is absolutely delicious!!! I am a pastry chef and am always looking for new recipes to try out and this cake was definitely worth the try. Everyone loved it, and no one could tell that it was eggless. The only thing I did different was that I boiled the milk and sugar together, added the dates and cooked them together for a bit, let the mixture cool and then pureed it in the blender while it was still warm. And I siften the flour about 3-4 times before adding it all in. Thanks again for your amazing recipes :)

  • Dr. Manasi September 19, 2008, 2:27 am

    Hallo Shilpa,
    I am new to your blog. But i tried your date cake on my husband’s birthday. The taste was really great, but it didn’t turn out as fluffy as shown in the photograph. I had prepared it in a microwave oven. Would you suggest to add some milk to make the consistency ribbon-like, because the consistency of the batter was quite thick. anyway, thanks for sharing such a awesome recipe.

    Shilpa: Manasi, it is a bit dense cake due to dates and the dough is quite thick. I am not sure if microwave made it denser. I don’t think milk would make it any more fluffier.

  • Priti September 23, 2008, 7:48 am

    Hi there, I just come across your dates cakes where searching something..I liked it so much that I prepared it instantly. I have tried 2-3 trials of making cake but got real gud review for this cake…though my sis felt the sugar was less…for me it was okie…thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe…

  • soumya September 23, 2008, 9:47 am

    hi dear,
    It sounds Delicious…. I think i am going to spread this Wild fever soon…. its tempting & i am going make it today….& give to all my friends….
    Would love to come back again for more recipes…. Chao now… get going for baking…

  • soumya September 23, 2008, 3:04 pm

    Hi dear
    I am back with reviews of ur delicious wild fever Cake….
    Its Yummyyyyyyyyyyy…thats what my 5 year old Daughter says…
    Tham(yummy again) from my 2 year son….We have already finished half of the cake The other half is packed & sealed for all friends thats y they r there….U r Gr8..
    I did slight change as u have mentioned in the Blog.. which was instead of 1/2 Cup Oil i used 1/4th Cup & added 2 small baby bannanas to give some moisture…It tured out gr8… thanks re….

  • Trupti September 24, 2008, 4:21 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Tried your date cake receipe and it came out marvellous!! I baked a cake for the first time and I am amazed at how easy this receipe is and how superb the cake turned out tobe. I had to bake it just for 35 mins and it came out super spongy and fluffy!! Thanks to you and your pacchi.

  • Reetu September 24, 2008, 10:17 am

    Dear Shilpa,
    I tried the date cake ,its really EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!

  • nagashree September 24, 2008, 12:43 pm

    hi shilpa
    tomorrow is my husband birthday, i wanted to try some new……but this cake came soooooooooo good …thanku so much , it is must that every one has to try this cake

  • jessie September 25, 2008, 5:42 am

    Tks so much…..by the looks of it you are are very generous person…………. and I am sure all good cooks are. Tks for all your helpful tips and the wonderful receipes. I am a Mangalorean and will try some of the receipes.

  • jessie September 25, 2008, 5:47 am

    can u tell me the difference betwwen: soda khar, eating soda, baking soda and papadkhar. Is it the same and how much of baking powder is added in general to a cake of 1/2 kg each flour, eggs and butter. Tks so much.

  • Ann September 25, 2008, 1:28 pm

    This post always was lodged in my head, mainly because of the interesting “paachi” side story you wrote – I finally made this cake yesterday, you are not going to believe it, it was COMPLETELY gone in 1 hour, the main culprit being my husband.
    Interestingly, he said (whilst munching on his 18th slice!) that it tasted like a form of vattayappam (the mallu snack).
    This is such a quick and easy recipe, I had the cake made in 1 hour flat – 30 minutes prep, 30 minutes baking – this will be a great cake to make when guest come over unexpectedly. Thanks for sharing!!!

  • chefkiwiberry September 25, 2008, 11:46 pm

    Cool, lemme try. :-)
    Great site. I will be following the site.

  • Shubha September 26, 2008, 11:55 am

    Yummy cake ,absolutely delicious . I tried it and the first time itself it became an instant hit , wanna do it again and again:) Thanks for this amazing recipe

  • Nalini September 27, 2008, 1:04 am

    Hi Silpa,
    I’ve tried this cake recipe a couple of times and each time it comes out better. Thanks a lot. Everyone at home enjoys this cake.

  • Kavita September 27, 2008, 11:13 pm

    Can this eggless date cake be made on a standard microwave? I do not have the convection model.

  • Mathy September 29, 2008, 10:36 am

    Hi Shilpa,

  • suchi September 30, 2008, 4:49 pm

    I tried this recipe..it came out very well.but there is one thing i would like to add to the ingredients.dont we need to add some water to the batter?without that the mix is kind of very stiff…

    Shilpa: No Suchi, this recipe should be exactly followed as it is for the best results. Yes, the batter is stiff, but when baked, it comes out properly.

  • Pallavi October 3, 2008, 10:44 am

    Wow.. Shilpa.. This cake looks awesome. I love Dates.. and I am not a vegetarian by no means but I do like to try this eggless cake. Thanks for sharing.. and thanks to you Pachi…

  • priya October 4, 2008, 9:29 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful receipe.i must say the cake came out well and more important it was eggless.Thanks once again for the lovely receipe.

  • Linda October 4, 2008, 11:21 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    I browsing over some date cake recipes, I came across your website. Your recipe looks really easy to prepare. Can Medjool dates be used instead?

    Shilpa: I think they can be used (to tell the truth, I don’t know how they are different than any other dates).

  • Linda October 7, 2008, 9:57 am

    Hi again,

    Shall give the recipe a try shortly.

  • shreya October 8, 2008, 3:07 pm

    turned out GREAT!!!!!!!!!
    Thank uuuu for the wonderfull recipe.

  • Cake decorating October 11, 2008, 3:11 pm

    I m into cake decorating, but surprisingly poor in baking. Thanks for so many recipes..will try this one this weekend.

    Looks great

  • Jwala October 13, 2008, 10:36 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    This is the first cake I tried. It came very well. Taste so good. All of my friends liked and asking me to prepare this cake again. I prepared for 3 times and still my mouth watering to taste it again :). Thank u so much for this wonderful wake.

  • padma October 14, 2008, 7:57 pm


    I am planning to prepare this cake but the only doubt I have is the “CUP” measurement. Can anyone please help me with this. Can I use the rice cooker cup…

    Thanks for you help

    Shilpa: Padma, I don’t know what is rice cooker cup. The one I used here are US style measuring cups. You can use this chart to convert it to grams.

  • Dwaritha Viswanatha October 14, 2008, 8:40 pm

    I have been browsing your site and trying out recipes.
    I dont eat eggs and hence my choice of cakes are very limited. I have baked a few cakes but this wonderful soft cake really was the best.

    thanks shilpa and keep up the good job.

  • Anuradha October 15, 2008, 8:41 am

    hii shilpa,
    i tried ur cake recepie…it was great.!!!
    thanx for this worderful cake recepie.

  • Sumita October 18, 2008, 7:09 pm

    Hi Shilpa – I’m a fellow Konkani and found your site a few months ago when I was searching for tavsalli (which I have yet to make). The date cake is the first recipe I tried and LOVED it. I’ve made it 3 times thus far and it’s been a hit each time.
    I’m married to a Gujju and can make better gujju food than Konkani food because its so easy. But your site is an amazing resource for all those recipes that my mom made growing up. Brought back many memories.

  • Pradnya Rakesh October 20, 2008, 7:48 pm

    Hi Shilpa

    I made this date cake as a surprise for my husband’s birthday..it was so easy and so yummy. You bet the cake madness was on in the party, everyone asking about the recipe.

    Thanks so much for such a good recipe.
    Only thing, I found is the cake didnt rise as much as I had thought it would. Also, my baking pan also had the design as in yours ,but the design never appeared on the bottom of the cake if reversed :(

    But it was yummo..thanks again.


  • meena l October 21, 2008, 8:00 am

    It was my second eggless cake which turned out excellent first one was the same recipe I tried yesterday and it was over before one could spell C-A-K-E. Thanks for the great posting , today I made few cahnges added whole wheat flour , half cup curd along wiith almond , pistachios and sesame seeds for omega 3. It turned to be a big chewy than yesterday but definitely a healthier option.My young neighbour loved it.

    Good option for diwali as well.

    Would love to try your non oil option. Thanks again… for posting such a lovely recipe.

    The fever is on….

  • achyuta October 23, 2008, 1:14 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe. Do you think apple sauce would be a good substitute for oil? I’m kinnda health freak :)

    Shilpa: I don’t know if apple sauce can be used. As I mentioned, you can completely leave out oil.

  • Hazline October 24, 2008, 1:59 am

    In your eggless cake is it possible to add a little butter instead of oil. If yes, then let me know the amount/quantity that can be added.



    Shilpa: Sorry, I don’t know.

  • sowmya October 24, 2008, 9:01 pm

    Made this cake ..posted in my blog..superb cake..

  • Hamidah October 27, 2008, 11:23 am

    A simple yet delicious cake- I baked this for Diwali yesterday for my best freind who is a Hindu…I was gloating in all the parises I received. Thank you. I did make some modifications: reduce sugar 2 leveled tablespoon, add 1 tablespoonful of yogurt and increase baking powder to 2 teaspoons. Result: fantastic, mind blowing…..if you haven’t tried, please do so, you will not be sorry
    hamidah from Malaysia

  • Nigel Hansen November 1, 2008, 4:29 am

    Hi. Brought back dates from Saudi Arabia, off the palm tree. Had never made cakes before and found this, so gave it a go using the dates I had brought back.
    Well it turned out great. wish I had brought back more, have to wait till my next trip.
    Am one of ten UK Middle East truckers left going in Via syria ferry from Greece.

  • Raji November 3, 2008, 7:22 pm

    I tried this cake today.I used butter instead of oil.
    It came out very good.My kids loved it.
    Thanks for the recipe

  • ritu November 9, 2008, 4:01 pm

    just wanted to let u know..i baked this in the microwave and it came out beautifully..in 4 mins!! so quick!!
    i made it in a loaf pan , so was like a date bread!!

  • ushamathur November 9, 2008, 11:43 pm

    hi it is waderful respi i will try.i am indian but now i am in usa boston

  • Medha November 12, 2008, 10:50 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Wow what a great recipe! I have been wanting to make this for a while but finally I did it yesterday. My son is allergic to milk so I used soy mik in stead and ground almonds with dates. The cake was amazing. My kids thought it was chocolate cake because of the color. They gobbled it up. Thanks for this lovely recipe. It’s going to be a regular in our house. Everyone is eyeing that last piece!!


  • mrs salman November 12, 2008, 4:56 pm

    \shilpa i like your recipes
    \and please send your new
    recipes on my email

  • Fan November 16, 2008, 7:11 pm

    This cake turned out exactly as in pic and was so moist and tasty. It took exactly 35-40min. Also not to forget, created a another “cake fever” with my friends. Thankyou

  • Val Petersen November 17, 2008, 12:40 am

    I tried the date cake for my Grandsons birthday as he is alergic to eggs. It went down great although I cooked it for 1 hour on 180 degrees. Everyone said it tasted like a ginger cake , I may add a half teaspoon of ginger next time. I also left out the nuts and subsituted the milk for rice milk as he is also alergic to them. I also put all of the wet ingregients along with the sugar into a bowl and blended them together, it made it easier.
    I also tried the pineapple cake (eggless) and baked it for 1 hour too and it also was received well.

    Many thanks Val

  • meena November 18, 2008, 11:05 pm

    I’ve bought a new otg an looking ou tfor recipes with reviews. Happy to get into your site.Looking forward to a great cooking relationship. I’d be happy to get recipes for diabetics.

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  • sabina November 20, 2008, 5:59 am

    Hi Shilpa………………..
    ur recipe is wonderful my father in law loves cake but he don’t eat egg………………thanks i ‘ll try 2day only.

  • MrsSW November 21, 2008, 2:47 pm

    All roads seem to lead to your site, Shilpa, as I find myself here quite often when researching a recipe.

    The only dates I have are already chopped and in a package from the grocery. I have no idea what amount would equal 18 whole dates. Can you make a guess?

    Thank you. . .

    Shilpa: MrsSW, Thanks for your kind words. I am sorry, I don’t know about the amount you could use.

  • Tara Ashok November 22, 2008, 12:04 am

    your cake was wowed by all thanks a ton it was the yummiest homade cake I ever tried out.

  • Lajja November 22, 2008, 4:09 pm

    hi Shilpa,

    A bi g thanks for this wonderful recipe..my mom told me about this, i tried it recently..and it turned out perfect!!..would love some more eggless cakes and cookies recipes..waiting for them


  • Nilanthi Perera November 23, 2008, 10:34 am

    I am from Sri Lanka. I will be trying this recepie & wil give you a feed back. Will it be possible to give me the receipe for milk roti. I am unable to locate it in any site.

  • Prachi November 25, 2008, 7:53 pm

    Hi Shilpa, I have been really enjoying reading all your recipes.. hats off to you, I can’t believe even i can cook these delicious items so easily.. and they turn out perfect.. I tried this Date Cake, came out superb.Just one qus. After baking I found the upper side of the cake little hard n crusty.. is that normal or did i make some mistake?

    P.S: This is the first time i have ever baked a cake in my life and my husband cant stop praising me..its just yummy!

    Shilpa: I think it is normal if the top was not very hard.

  • Sathya November 26, 2008, 4:19 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    It looks yummy.I wanna prepare this soon.Could you please let me know is it possible to make cakes by using pressure cooker ? If so let me know the method.

    Thanks a lot for your help..

    Shilpa: Yes, you can make it in pressure cooker. But I haven’t tried it. Sorry.

  • Nacha November 26, 2008, 8:46 pm

    I tried the recipe and it tasted great.
    However, I read some of the comments from other people and so I added 1 tsp vinegar thinking it would make the cake soft, but not sure what happened and the cake sank in the middle.
    I also made it in the mini muffin pan and the flour rose too high so I ahd a hard time scraping the cake out.
    Please tell me what could have gone wrong.

    Shilpa: Please follow the cake exactly. Some people might have got it wrong, but there is no issue with the recipe which is tried and tested many times.

  • Vindra December 1, 2008, 11:19 am

    I made this cake over the weekend and it was great! I have never made a cake that was this easy. This is one of the best eggless cake recipe I have made so far. It was light and fluffy! it’s also a great cake to frost or add icing to as well.

  • I Luv Cooking December 1, 2008, 5:08 pm

    I love dates!
    Can’t wait to pass along the “cake fever” at my work too.

  • Sashi December 6, 2008, 9:09 am

    The best dates cake I ever made!

    I am not very good at making eggless cakes. There is always something goes wrong and the cake turns out as a rock. It is very dissappointing! HRRRR!

    I just followed the above recipe and the cake was SO good. Usually the procedure is very complicated, but this one is very easy and less time consuming.

    If I may add something, I would say serve the cake the next day instead of the same day that you make it. The cake will become more softer the next day.

    I very much appreciate for posting this recipe. This is going to be added with my personal “Successful Recipe” book…:)

  • Laxmi December 8, 2008, 6:07 pm

    I tried baking the cake and it turned out to be very delicious:)
    I made some changes though, i added some eggs, and blend them together instead of grinding them to a smooth paste . Besides while baking i added sultanas and some dates to the mixture. The cake turned out to be yummy, like the dry fruit cake.
    My husband enjoyed it a lot.
    Thanks shilpa.

  • priya December 9, 2008, 5:36 pm

    hi… i tired this cake on my anniversary (as one of gift to my hubby).. turned out toooooo good… thanks… and one of my friend said that this is the best cake he had ever eaten in his life… thank u so much…appreciate ur good work…keep rocking

  • prashanth December 11, 2008, 2:36 am

    hiii…nice recipes shilpa…do keep in touch…

  • nisha December 11, 2008, 1:42 pm


    I really like your recipe for the eggless cake. Thanks for the details.

  • Rashmi December 13, 2008, 5:43 pm

    Thanks a ton for this recipe shilpa, I tried it for our anniversary and it came out very well.. my husband loved it. I am a regular visitor of ur site. Keep up the good work. God bless you.. :)

  • Shibani December 14, 2008, 12:02 am

    Shilpa I made the cake and this came out very good. I have forwarded this recipe to mother in law.Thanks for sharing it.

  • Rashmii December 14, 2008, 4:31 am

    Hi Shipa,
    Really, it’s yummy… dates are good for health.
    I want to prepare this on Chritmas…

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe…


  • jaya rawat December 16, 2008, 2:50 am

    hi shilpa,
    tried ur date cake recipe….turned out tasty
    i made it on convection mode..stil tasted gr8.

  • sujata December 16, 2008, 2:09 pm

    i tried the eggless date cake today. it turned out great
    and tastes even better.great for people that stay away from eggs.thanks for a wonderful easy recipe

  • Anushri December 16, 2008, 5:45 pm

    Shilpa, i made this cake for my wedding anniversary yesterday..It came out a winner..My hubby on tasting the cake, asked ” Its delicious! From which store did u purchase it?” AHA!!! That comment made my day..He was surprised to know that i had baked it..Since i baked a cake for the first time..and it was success..Thanks a lot for making my anniversary very special..

  • Nidhi December 18, 2008, 12:22 am

    Why dont we use eggs in the date cake? Does it still come out well? I dnt have an oven separately but do have an OTG but it does not have the temperature option.

    Shilpa: This particular recipe does not need any eggs, it still comes out good, you can see that by the number of people who have tried it :)

  • Biji December 19, 2008, 1:06 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    I made your date cake and it came out excellent. I made a small variation to your recipe that I added some eggs also. Keep going, shilpa. Hats off to you.

  • Cima Mathur December 19, 2008, 5:28 pm

    I ate this cake at a friends place and it was wonderful and Rich !!!

  • dr.archana nayak December 20, 2008, 12:04 am

    that was indeed a wonderful one.everyone relished it at my place.well,could we use butter instead of the oil to make it still softer.please let me know,


  • prabha December 20, 2008, 7:41 am


    Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I made the same and it turned out really superb. I didnt do the icing mainly because I wasnt sure what veg shortening meant. can I substitute the same with butter.

    thank you once again

  • Sushma December 21, 2008, 10:47 am

    hey Shilpa..
    You were so right.. it just starts cake fever… owsome recipe.. Already baked the cake thrice in a weeks time. Thanks a lot..

    One thing I used Baking powder instead of soda and added half tea spoon fruit salt(unflavoued/Regular Eno). Cake became smooth and fluffy..

  • Priyamvada December 23, 2008, 1:46 pm

    Hi, this is really a very easy recipe. I tried and my husband really appriciate it. Thank you.

  • Anitha December 24, 2008, 6:58 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    I tried baking the cake yesterday in a pressure cooker and it came out really well. Everybody loved the taste but the sweet eas more probably due to imported dates. I have seen many people asking how to do it in a pressure cooker… Here are the steps..
    After mixing the ingredients put it in an aluminium or steel box or a baking dish and place it in the cooker don’t put the pressure (whitle) just close the lid for about 25 to 30 minutes on a very low flame and your cake will be ready to eat.. You can also try putting a butter paper in the bowl and then put the mixture..

  • Archana December 24, 2008, 9:38 am

    I tasted this at my sister in laws place and it was great.

  • mythili December 25, 2008, 2:04 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    I tried the dates cake in a pressure cooker, came out well, soft and yaummy.
    great recipe.
    Good work
    best wishes

  • Helan December 26, 2008, 7:19 am

    Hi Shilpa This is Helan.

    It was really a Wonderful Moment Sharing This Tastier Cake With My Husband.
    It Was Yummy. My Husband was Really Impressed By This Cake He Specially Thanked You For Giving Me Such a Great Idea.
    And Not Only This He Also Asked You To Share Few More Recepies. Thank You So Much It Was a Christmas Gift For My Husband.

  • Geetanjali Marathe December 27, 2008, 2:17 am

    i have purchased a new microoven i would like to make new reciepes for 31st dec. i would first love to make cakes, so help me with the receipes and which type of vessels do i use

  • dr atul nigam December 28, 2008, 1:30 am

    i tried this recipee and the outcome was amazing. everyone who tasted the cake said awesome and asked for the recipee . no one believed it was an eggless cake. thanks for this delicious recipee

  • Prachi December 31, 2008, 3:40 pm

    M sooo thankful to you dear.. I made this cake and the simple egg cake for potluck here and oh my god ! people just dint stop prasing me. There were guys asking for recipes ;) Not a single piece was left out.. it just got over like pooof !! And with every praise I recd.believe me I thot abt u ..

    I can never thank you enough. I had lost confidence when I cudnt cook that nice in bulk when guests came in. Today i can proudly flaunt all my recipes :) from your site . Thx again.

    Prachi Bhat

  • Saru January 7, 2009, 9:02 am

    Hi, I made the cake but the inner portion was kind of sticky. However, the taste was good. Thanks!!!

  • rathi January 12, 2009, 2:55 pm

    Dear Aayi,
    I like to try this cake.Can you pls. tell me how long shld. i beat the mix while adding maida with the cake beater or using a spoon?.GOOD DAY.Thanks.

    Shilpa: Mix till the batter is uniform.

  • Anjali January 13, 2009, 4:36 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Wonderful recipe..Tried it thrice already..Came out better each time..Thank You for sharing..

  • gurmeet January 16, 2009, 10:55 am

    Dear Shilpa,
    The cake was realllllllllly wonnnnnderful.This was the first time I baked the best cake coz previously the results were not sooooooo nice.
    Thanx once again.

  • kim January 16, 2009, 2:19 pm

    Hiya! I made your date cake today and wrote about it on my blog.

    I’ve made this dozens of times before and I absolutely love it. I’ve made it vegan by switching out the cow’s milk for soymilk and it works perfectly! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  • geetha sampath January 17, 2009, 2:46 am

    excellent easy recipe.can we use milkmaid instead of milk

    Shilpa: I don’t know. Sorry.

  • Preethi January 25, 2009, 3:31 am

    Thanq 4 this woderful recipe. Came out really nice. my husband who has an egg allergy ate it like anything & my son who doesn’t like sweets much just said “yummy”.

  • Ramya January 26, 2009, 6:08 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    Of all the cake recipes I have browsed through on the net ,which is quite a lot, this is the simplest and the tastiest. I did not get all purpose flour in the supermarket here ( Bristol,England) ,so I used self-raising flour instead and left out baking soda and the cake came out well. However, I have just one request, Can you please give the exact measurements of the ingredients used , in gms and mls ?

  • rati January 26, 2009, 6:58 am

    i am going to try this today

  • intoBakingNow January 26, 2009, 9:53 am

    Not that the original was not very good in itself but I get bored repeating recipes. So I have tried a lot of different variations on this. One of my favorite variation is to add about 10 soaked fig (anjoora) in the recipe. I ground it both with the dates smooth once and in another instance a bit coarse so you get a few chewy pieces in the finished product. Either way works fine. Reduce the amount of oil to 1/3 cup with this recipe to get a less dense cake with lots of dry fruits in them.

  • Anu January 27, 2009, 9:10 pm

    I tried this cake recipe and i must say the cake fever has started in my home. My husband just loved it and wants me to bake it again and again. Thanks Shilpa !

  • Sudha February 1, 2009, 12:27 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    Thanks for this easy recipe. The cake came out very yummy. Everyone liked it.


  • Lakshmi February 1, 2009, 3:37 pm

    i keep making this cake over and over again…and its always been a hit! My husband’s friends requested me to make the Dates cake for their super bowl party tonight. and its coming off the oven now…all soft and fluffy and delicious!!
    Thx again Shilpa and thx to your pachi too

  • Telma February 2, 2009, 12:00 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Thanks for posting all the wonderful recipes. You really have patience to take pictures of each and every dish you prepare. Tried out the date cake it was delicious only that the cake was a bit oily. I think we need to reduce the proportion of oil in the recipe otherwise the cake was yummmmm.

  • Madura February 3, 2009, 12:17 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    Thumba thumba Thanx for this wonderful recipe. Tried it today, it came out well. My hubby felt it is still bit undercooked in the center. it took around 45mins. I think i should have left it cook for another 5 mins.I have this old styled round glass top oven. However the taste is great. This was my second attempt of baking a cake and both were successful. Need to know more of eggless cakes as we are strict vegetarians.

  • sindhu February 5, 2009, 9:02 am

    hi shilpa
    i tried the date cake and the result was excellent.but i didn’t soak the dates over night in milk.won’t the milk get spoiled by leaving it out for so long.Any way it is a great cake.

    Shilpa: You can keep it in fridge. It is soaked only to make it easier to grind. So if you can grind it without soaking, you can do that. I just microwave milk and dates for 2 mins and they get soft. So I don’t soak them.

  • Vidya February 5, 2009, 5:02 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    I had tried many of ur recipes including Date cake, all have come out very well..thanq so much for those recipes :)
    Monday is our wedding anniversary and i want to give my husband a big surprise by making plum cake
    I will b waiting for ur reply
    Thank u,

    Shilpa: I haven’t tried it Vidya, so can’t tell you. Sorry.

  • Vidya February 5, 2009, 8:05 pm

    ohhh :(
    anyways… thanks for the quick response :)

  • sudha February 8, 2009, 2:00 am

    I tried your egg less dates cake yesterday and it was yummy.I did a small variation by reducing the sugar and oil as 1/2 cups.Thank you so much.

  • Rupal February 10, 2009, 1:59 am

    Hi Shilpa, I have a cake recipe which uses same contents as yours, but for milk. It uses curd instead.

    2cups maida
    3/4 cup sugar
    1/4 cup oil
    1/4 cup curd
    1 tea spn baking soda
    2 spoons cocoa powder

    I made cake with thisrecipe and it turned out fine. However when i tried substituing curd with milk in my recipe, i found the cake bit oily and sticky. Please suggest what might be the reason. Is it that milk usually makes the cake bit oily and i should reduce the quanity of oil with it, or dont add oil at all?

    Shilpa: This is not the exact recipe at all. The above one is date cake and yours looks like chocolate cake. I do not have any idea why it is not working.

  • kajal February 10, 2009, 4:05 pm

    hi shilpa,
    your date cake recipe really seems simple and easy.But i had a doubt. I will be using seedless dates and grinding along with the sugar so can u tell me whn do i use the milk

    awaiting your reply


    Shilpa: Kajal, it is hard to grind dates on their own. So add milk while grinding to help in grinding.

  • Meenu February 13, 2009, 1:16 pm

    Is it fine to bake this cake with self rising flour and little less oil( I use Olive oil). Please let me know if it won’t change the taste of the cake.

    Shilpa: I don’t know about self rising flour. About oil, I have already mentioned that in the post, please read the post again.

  • nam February 14, 2009, 12:06 am

    This cake became so famous in my family after I made it. easy to make and great taste!

  • pooja February 14, 2009, 12:09 pm

    visitd for the 1st time nice recipie looks yummy goin to try just now bye

  • Premika February 14, 2009, 8:27 pm

    Hey Shilpa…
    I tried ur Date Cake.. It was toooooooo good… This was the first ever cake I ve baked & it it came out soo well… Thanks a lot for such an easy & a yummy cake recipe. :)

  • sangeeta February 16, 2009, 8:04 am

    I tried ur recipe….it came out excellent……my husband liked it a lot. Thnks for that…….the best part of it was it just took 15 min to make apart from 25 min of baking. Thnks again hope u keeping posting fantastic recipes

  • Pallavi February 19, 2009, 9:17 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Thanks for the awesome recipe! I made for my fiance’s birthday last night. Everyone loved it! It just took 20 minutes to make, apart from the baking time. Thanks for the buttercream icing link too. I made icing for the first time yesterday and it turned out better than the ones I used to buy from the store.

    Thanks, again!

  • Wendy February 19, 2009, 1:46 pm

    I am just baking your date cake now – it smells so good! I wanted to ask, how exactly do you grind the dates? I chopped them up small, and cut & ground them with a pastry cutter, but never quite got them all into a paste. It was a paste, but with bits of dates in it. I hope it turns out.

  • Usha February 19, 2009, 6:20 pm

    Cake is Fantastic…
    I tried the same way but the cake colors were diferent what my friend made.
    Her cake is completely dark brown and mine is brown on top and light brown inside.
    I used costco pitted dates.

    Please suggest me.

    Shilpa: Please read the post, your question is already answered in the post.

  • Sally Smith February 24, 2009, 9:46 am

    Just baked this cake. It is lovely. Baked it without oil. Could even reduce the sugar and then it would be quite healthy. :)

  • Navneet Raheja, spain February 27, 2009, 6:54 am

    hi shilpa,
    this is navneet frm spain .i really liked the way u made the cake.but jus one thing to ask if u don have baking soda ,can we use soda water or coke tin for baking.or i can use baking powder.because i always use baking powder. and if i use bw then how much quantity of it as compared to baking soda.
    i thing more baking soda too MAKE THE THINGS BLACKER AFTER COOKING,I knew that.
    but do reply with baking powder.
    waiting for ur reply.
    thanx for good recipe.

  • Madhavi March 1, 2009, 6:55 am

    Hello Shilpa,

    Thanks for ur wonderful recipe of eggless date cake.I never prepared cakes till now.This is my first cake,I prepared this for my hubby’s birthday.He loved it really.
    Keep posting egg less cakes more and still more veg dishes.

    Thanks again.

  • mahimaa March 2, 2009, 9:44 pm

    i tried this cake and the taste was simply superb…i modified the measurement slightly to get the right consistency…..thank u for such a lovely recipe.

  • mani March 3, 2009, 8:19 am

    i really apreciate ur cake when i saw first time i have a lot of water in my mouth it is really very good

  • Saritha March 6, 2009, 10:40 am

    I tried ur cake and it came out very well.thank u

  • Saritha March 6, 2009, 10:43 am

    forgot to mention that i have used wheat flour instead of maida/all purpose flour.Once again thx for sharing such a wonderful recipe

  • Dips March 6, 2009, 2:36 pm

    hey Shilpa,

    I tried this cake ..it was really good tastewise but it became quite sticky..Is it bcoz of the quality of dates?? ..I used seedless dates so i didnt soak it in milk..
    Can you please tell me what went wrong??

    Shilpa: Did you use milk at all?

  • Archana KC March 7, 2009, 3:31 am

    This was my first attempt with baking. My entire household ( amma, bro and patti) were so excited about it. And more so, for it being eggless. I used the quantity given, and used a hand blender. The result was just amazing. I have a few queries. The oven i have is the old traditional kinds. The ones, with a iron rod on top and bottom and temprature in celcius. The cake tasted excellent, however the top crust was slightly burnt. Once I removed that, the cake was amazing and disappeared in a jiffy. Shilpa, Can we make a carro t cake in the similar manner?

  • Dips March 8, 2009, 3:32 pm

    hey Shilpa,
    ya i did use milk like you suggested..Infact i used little more than what you mentioned.Coz the cake batter bacame very very thick…But still it became sticky..You think i should have added more milk then suggested ??To bring the cake batter to normal consistency??
    I have tried your banana-carrot recipe ..It came out so well..It was awesome..Somehow this cake didnt come out as expected..

    Any suggestions??
    Thanks and Regards

    Shilpa: Ok, that may be the issue. Please remember, for baked items, you should follow the recipe EXACTLY. So you should not have changed the milk amount. If you see the comments, this recipe has worked well for hundreds of people, so follow the recipe as it is next time. For this cake, the batter is thick, but it turns out well after baking.

  • Rahul March 12, 2009, 8:44 am

    Thanks alot for such healthy and nutritious sweet dish.
    I tried Date cake as per your receipe.
    It taste excellent, however i didn’t get spoongy cake as you showed in the picture.
    Just hard circular piece. (n fugalelya dhokala sarakhe)
    I don’t know what might have happened.
    I need your guidence so that next time I will make my kid smile.

  • leena March 12, 2009, 1:01 pm

    hi shilpa,
    I tried this cake out y’day, it came out simply great.thanxs for sharing this recipe.i used medjool dates, n the cake turned out a bit too sweet. my suggestion- use less sugar if you have really sweet dates. to my 4 and 2 yr olds, the cake was just yum-yum.

  • amita March 13, 2009, 12:35 am

    this cake tastes awesome.i used ghee instead oil & it tastes good……..

  • amita March 13, 2009, 12:37 am

    this cake tastes very good. i used ghee instead of oil & it tasted very good

  • Dips March 15, 2009, 12:28 am

    hey Shilpa,

    I tried the cake again…Guess what, it turned out absolutely wonderful..I followed the recipe “EXACTLY”.Thanks once again for posting the recipe and your prompt response for my queries.


  • Smitha March 23, 2009, 8:51 am


    Your cake looks yummy, my sister just mentioned about ur cake and that she’s making it right now, I can’t wait to make it myself, will definetely let u know how it turns out. Rgds

  • Kd March 23, 2009, 7:54 pm

    The best cake i ever had..

  • Nacha March 26, 2009, 1:23 pm

    I have made this cake 5 times and it tates delicious, but for reason, it always falls in the middle and is a little soggy.
    Can you offer some suggestions or tell me why you think this happens?

  • charu April 11, 2009, 5:41 am

    ples pass hindi

  • chitra April 14, 2009, 2:11 am

    this recipe looks simple and yummy..can we use dry dates ?or we have to use fresh dates/

    Shilpa: You have to use fresh dates.

  • ceebee April 16, 2009, 5:01 pm

    Absolutely awesome …..had to let you know ….By popular demand, I had to bake it 4 times in a span of 3 weeks ….

  • Nutan April 21, 2009, 4:14 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    I tried this cake today. It’s wonderfull in taste. I used to make date n wallnut cake with butter n it used to take at least 30 minutes to mix everything. This cake is simple n taste same as I make it with butter.
    Great! U r doing great jobs for all of us, learners.

  • Bhakti April 22, 2009, 12:02 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    I was surfing the web for some recipes and came across ur website. I read the Date cake recipe and found it very easy to make. I tried the cake yesterday without using oil. I baked it at 180oC for 40 mins. It Turned out tasty but was a bit hard at the top and bottom, inside it was soft. Is it because of not adding oil or the baking time? I use Kenstar Microwave oven and used it in Oven mode.

    Though it was hard, my husband and my 2 1/2 year daughter loved it very much. Thanks for posting delicious recipes. If I want to add a couple of recipes to ur website, shall I send it to you by mail or where can I post them. Please let me know.


  • Devangi April 22, 2009, 5:48 am

    hi shilpa..i live in belfast(northernireland) i had tried many eggless cake receipes previously..but none were as good as urs..date cake turned out really well.iam planning to make it for my daughters 3rd birthday..
    thanks for the receipe..

  • Ruchi Gupta April 23, 2009, 2:00 pm

    Hi Shilpa, Thanks a lot for sharing this very simple and nice cake recipe… whenever I bake this, I get a lot many nice compliments :) Thanks a lot again….

  • rasika April 24, 2009, 4:46 am

    good stuff yaar, i will bake n impress my inlaws

  • Lakshmi April 27, 2009, 1:18 am


    I tried this cake yesterday. Infact twice, as the first lot got over within minutes. And 5 pieces from the second lot is let back.

    Thank you verymuch for this excellent recipie. It came out soft and yummy.

  • barkha May 1, 2009, 5:13 pm

    it was awesome in first try itself…. awesome!!! yummyyyyy

  • Swati May 4, 2009, 3:27 am

    Hi, can we bake this in microwave also. if so, for how long . pls specify.


  • Mythili May 12, 2009, 8:45 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    I cant express how excited I am after preparing this cake. I have prepared couple of other walnut and date cake, but I must say this is the “Best”. Thanks a lot for the recipe.

  • Deepa May 13, 2009, 2:20 am

    I tried this cake today.The taste was excellent and it was easy to make.My cake was burnt on the top why is it? The temp and timings were maintained as given in the recipe inspite of it i ended up burning the top could you please tell me what might be wrong….(I am very new to baking)
    Thanks in advance

    Shilpa: Next time, keep it on the middle rack of oven.

  • Deepa May 16, 2009, 11:49 pm

    Dear Shilpa
    Thank you for ur reply,will keep that in mind and next time i will keep in middle rack while baking

  • Bhavatha May 18, 2009, 6:09 am

    hi shilpa,
    i’ve been tryin to get a proper eggless cake fa de past one yr…my aunt told bt this site and i tried this date cake and it turned out to be so yummy n wonderful…thanks a lot….plz keep posting more eggless cake recipies….

  • Asha Nayak May 20, 2009, 11:56 pm

    I tried your Date Cake recipe last evening. Absuloutely delicious.
    Your Pachi’s discovery is truly fantastic.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.
    Best wishes to you both.

  • divya May 22, 2009, 8:04 am

    hi ,
    this cake was a hit with my friends.it was very good.the best part was despite being eggless it was moist.i didn’t feel the need to add butter at all.
    thanks a lot

  • Leena May 27, 2009, 5:34 am

    Can this cake be prepared in a microve?
    or an oven is only needed??
    i have a microwave at home…plz do tell the temperatures to be set.
    i don know much …as i m very new to cooking..jus a beginner.

    Shilpa: Please check comment #266.

  • Leena May 28, 2009, 12:56 am

    Hey, thanks for the quick reply Shilpa..
    But the temperature at what she baked (comment # 266) is not mentioned.
    She has baked for only 5 mins.
    I will really appreciate if i get the temperature at what to bake in a microwave.

    Thanks in advance.


    Shilpa: Leena, I have never baked this cake in microwave. I would suggest you to give it a try and see how it works out. I have no idea about temperatures.

  • Arati June 2, 2009, 10:07 am

    I made this cake yesterday and it was just yummy. I can’t believe that such simple steps to bake a cake could lead to such a fabulous cake.


  • shweta June 8, 2009, 5:40 am

    Hi, I really want to make this cake soon. It looks great and so fluffy. But can this b baked in IFB microwave. If so then what is the convention temp and whats the size of pan? Can i use alluminium pan? is it required to cover the pan? if so with what……..please reply…….thanx

  • sumathi June 8, 2009, 3:25 pm

    thanx for ur recipe.i become a famous baker in my in-laws house in india .
    they ask for this cake if anybody going to india
    thanx for making me so famous.

  • Anu Pillai June 13, 2009, 9:49 pm

    Tried this today. Came out very good. Added a pinch of salt and chopped dried apricots. The cake came out pretty dark on the inside too. May be if we add the golden colored appricots (and reduce the amount of dates) when grinding, the color might be more pleasant on the inside. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • wilma June 17, 2009, 3:25 am

    Hi shilpa…I tried this cake today with mejdool dates. I used the same quantity that you have mentioned .However the cake turned out too very sweet after completly baking……issit becoz of the dates? How can I predict the sweetness of the cake next time.

    Shilpa: Sorry, no idea. I just read somewhere that Mejdool dates are more sweet. That may be the issue

  • shivani June 22, 2009, 6:36 am

    It looks yummyyy….
    the method of making it is same in oven or in microwave???
    please explain the method and time for making it in a microwave……
    i want to make it …
    please help me … explain the procedure

  • Avanti June 27, 2009, 1:13 pm

    Looks like a very easy recipe. I am going to try using an egg in it tho.

  • alena June 29, 2009, 12:53 pm

    Love the details you have given in your cake recepie, I am surely gonna try it out and i believe it will be as yummy as it looks….Are you folks into barkey things, can i get few more recepies from you…God Bless You.

  • shreya July 2, 2009, 6:52 am

    thank you

  • Meera July 5, 2009, 11:38 pm

    I made this cake last weekend and it was AWESOME! My folks just LOVED it! Thanks a again for all the wonderful recipes!

  • Meera July 9, 2009, 7:07 am

    Hey Shilpa,
    Could you please post a recipe for eggless brownies? I’m sure a lot of us would love to see that in your blog. My search for the perfect eggless brownie never seems to end…

  • Nisha Rajesh July 9, 2009, 9:59 am

    thanks for the recipe…….came out perfect….my frnd loved it….spreading the cake fever…….

  • Geetha July 17, 2009, 5:11 am

    It came out well. Rather than a cake it came out more like a bread cake. My 3 year old who used to laugh whenever I offered him my baked goods – asked for the cake and ate a couple of pieces.

    Baked this cake on microwave. Samsung at 800 power setting for 5 minutes. Left it standing for 15 minutes.


  • Remya July 26, 2009, 9:12 am

    Sorry , tried out the cake n I felt that this is the worst cake that I have ever tasted.The cake lacked flavour n none liked it.

  • parveen saini July 31, 2009, 10:29 pm

    hi this is really so good.i am try this

  • adwaita August 1, 2009, 12:36 am

    i have tried it… it was awesome…. everyone liked it…

  • Sana August 2, 2009, 12:52 am

    I substituted soymilk for milk, sunflower seeds for nuts and used 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup apple sauce to make it 1/2 cup. Still in the oven…but smells nice. Hopefully it’ll taste as good as it smells.

    my daughter is allergic to eggs, all dairy and nuts

  • Deepa Misra August 8, 2009, 6:33 am

    I normally don’t attempt recipes from the internet lest they dont turn out well. But having accidentally visted your site and chanced upon this dates cake recipe, I couldnt resist trying it out. And I must say it turned out so well and with the occasion being my Dad’s birthday, it pleased me no end to see my family gorging upon the cake!! Thanks much. Deepa

  • yana August 10, 2009, 5:06 pm

    Hi … i tried this recipe today and til i cut it looked just like your images but no one at home liked it….it just didnt have a good taste… also it taste more like bread than cake……I followed your instruction sincerely but all vain…now i will have to eat it like bread :(((( Sorry not blaming u but than wonder what went wrong…..It was the first time I made a cake n my friends didnt even eat it properly and they were simply saying its good but I know they didnt like it as whenever I make something they just ask for more and with this cake they didnt even finish the firs piece properly.

  • Pinky August 16, 2009, 9:09 am

    I am an avid reader of your blog…and have tried out a few recipes. Date cake is my personal favorite! Would like to share that I tried making the cake with a little variation by adding “wheat flour” instead of maida and the result was still yummy!!

  • Aashoo August 18, 2009, 12:41 am

    Thanks for this recipe. Tried this cake recipe about two years ago for a friend’s baby shower party. She had requested me to bake an eggless cake and after endless searches on the internet found this. It turned out so perfect that I did start the cake fever. Wherever I move go around the world, I never fail to contaminate people with this fever! Right now, I am in the middle east and we get excellent dates here. Tried it with slightly raw dates and it tasted good too. I have tried it with wholewheat flour, olive oil and no sugar (the dates were very sweet). Good to eat and good for health.

  • kalpana August 19, 2009, 1:46 am

    yummy ,it turned out great.

  • Nusrat August 29, 2009, 10:42 pm

    Hi.. one question….is i am not soaking the date as i will be using seedless dates … do i need to make paste using whole 3/4 cup milk or there is difference in he qty? please clarify ….thanks….

    • Shilpa August 30, 2009, 9:31 am

      Yes, you still have to use same quantity.

  • Nusrat August 30, 2009, 4:45 pm

    Thanks for ur reply… I am going to bake it now… hope it turns out good….

  • Nusrat August 30, 2009, 6:18 pm

    Hi …I just took out this cake from the oven…. it did sink a little in the middle but looks like its cooked fully as the knife came out clean… but one thing bothers me is the edges are little more dark and not soft as other part of the cake,,, this had happened with me before also when i tried to bake some other cake ,,, can u please help me with shilpa,,,

    • Shilpa August 30, 2009, 8:57 pm

      Keep it on a bit lower temperature ,on the middle rack and try.

  • Nusrat August 30, 2009, 10:58 pm

    Thanks for the quick reply…. I will keep this in mind next time which will be very soon… though this date cake tasted very good…. everyone in my family loved it…. thanks for sharing this recipe…..

  • Anitha September 2, 2009, 6:35 am

    I tried this cake in Australia in the oven it turn out good. After coming back to India I am trying in conventional oven. When I bake it for intial 1 to 2 hrs it’s like proper cake then later it will taste as half cooked and sticky. Can you please suggest me how can I get it properly?

    • Shilpa September 2, 2009, 4:07 pm

      1-2hrs?? I think the oven is not getting heated properly.

  • Madhuram September 13, 2009, 7:44 pm

    Hi Shilpa, I tried this cake last week and it came out extremely well. I tried a vegan version using soy milk instead of dairy milk and it tasted awesome. I’m going to blog about it shortly. Thank you so much for this very simple yet tasty recipe.

  • Shankari September 16, 2009, 2:59 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    Tomorrow is my husband’s birthday and I am going to bake this cake for him. Can you please tell me the measurement of the cup and spoon which you use for this recipe? Is 1 cup = 200ml?

    • Shilpa September 16, 2009, 7:07 pm

      Sorry, at this point, I do not have exact measurements in weight. When I try it next time, I can measure and find out. All the measurements are in standard US measuring cups (you could use google to convert each ingredient)

  • kriatv September 18, 2009, 8:10 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    I tried this cake last night and it came out amazingly well for an eggless cake. It was a little fudgy just like a brownie thought. This is my first try at eggless baking and I chose this recipe..I did make some changes from the originial recipe that you posted..I will be posting it soon in my blog.. Thanks and love all the konkani recipes of yours..treasured collection u have out here for a konkani like me :)

  • shikha goyal September 21, 2009, 9:50 am

    i’ve lg microwave.how to bake a cake in it.i dont know to bake it at grill,micro or combi.and at what power.plz help.

    • Shilpa September 21, 2009, 4:14 pm

      Please refer the manual of microwave.
      Some of my readers said they just microwaved it on high for 6-7 mins (I don’t remember the time exactly, so keep a close eye on it).

  • Divya September 21, 2009, 3:51 pm

    Can I use the soda that I use in dokla, pakoda etc?

  • Purnima September 22, 2009, 1:15 am

    Hi Shilpa..hwz u? Just to let u know have lost count wrt how many times I bakes this beauty but alws got gr8 feedback frm who ever tasted these! I hv extremely wet/moist dates here so adding 1/2 t of bak pwder gave a fluffiness to the cake. This was additional. Take care bye.

  • Anu September 23, 2009, 1:46 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    I just had to write in and let you know how delicious and moist this cake comes out everytime I make it! THANK YOU for sharing this!

    I tried something different today to make it healthier for my son-
    Today, I substituted 1/2 cup oil with 1/2 cup applesauce and reduced the sugar from 3/4th to 1/2 cup. Further, I toasted a good amount of walnuts and almonds, coarsely ground them and added it to the mix. Last but not least I baked it in a bread pan. Viola! I have a wonderfully moist, delicious and healthy loaf of a date cake!
    Wondering if there is a way to ascertain the calories on your recipe?
    Keep it up!!


    I think this is a great way to get some

  • Shirley September 29, 2009, 10:37 pm

    did you ever try this cake with eggs, would it mess it up? How many eggs should I use if I can make it sith eggs?

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Shilpa September 30, 2009, 7:07 am

      Sorry, haven’t tried.

  • Shirley September 30, 2009, 7:24 pm

    I have a date spread that I wanted to use for this recepie. Any idea how I should use that as far as measurments and method?
    Thanks again

    • Shilpa September 30, 2009, 8:25 pm

      Don’t know. Sorry

  • Shirley October 1, 2009, 10:49 am

    I just gave it a go, I used butter instead of oil and the spear instead of having to grind whole dates. I used less sugar since the date spread had sugar in it. It came out owesome! I used Swiss marange frosting which I also added some of the date spread to and made a five layered cake with filling for my decorated sculpted cake.
    Thanks so much for the recepie I will try it again for sure.


  • Aparna October 3, 2009, 12:41 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    I baked this cake with splenda for my dad-in-law and he loved it! thnx!

  • Nina Mehta October 20, 2009, 2:56 pm

    I have been making this cake for the last 6-8 months and anyone who ate has asked for the recipe. thank you for putting this up.

  • Chaitra October 21, 2009, 3:38 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    Your website is deliciously superb. I have lost count of the number of recipes I have tried, almost all have turned out great. Could you post a simple reciple for homemade bread? I substituted brown (demerara) sugar for this recipe and it gave a wonderful flavor to the cake.

    Keep up the great work, wonder how you get the time….

  • tanmay October 23, 2009, 1:33 pm

    hi shilpa,

    u hav mntiond tat u dnt soak dates since u use seedless dates, but then how the role of milk shall come into play in this case,because dates have are soaked in warm milk.thus if i use seedless dates,do i need to soak them or not and if yes then wher i must soak them in

    • Shilpa October 23, 2009, 1:59 pm

      milk helps in grinding dates. I don’t soak overnight, I just heat the milk and dates for few minutes and it softens them and makes it easy to grind.

  • Honey October 29, 2009, 6:04 am

    Hi Shilpa!
    Thanks a lot for this wonderful recipe…came out really well.I baked it in a microwave and it came out nice,soft and fluffy.I used the convention mode at 180 degrees for 15 minutes.also preheated for 10 minutes in the same conditions..I want to try the same recipe using ghee instead of oil…thank you so much!

  • shrad a October 30, 2009, 2:07 am

    If I do not have oven at home, what can I make date cake and any ather cake at home?

  • Champa November 7, 2009, 3:23 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe. I made this and came out very good. I have a picture of it at
    http://versatilekitchen.blogspot.com/2009/11/date-cake-with-coconut.html if you want to look at.

  • sarojini November 9, 2009, 2:16 am

    dear Shilpa,
    tanq for the wonderful receipy.i triedout the same with whole wheat flour.the taste is excellent .i made the same in muffin mould in microwave.i microwaved at 3 min at 600MW power.the muffins cameout moist n yummy.thankyou.

  • rina November 10, 2009, 4:22 pm

    Hi shilpa,

    I tried this recipe many times now.
    Everyone in my family loves this cake.
    Last time i baked this cake was for my son’s b’day since we were not allowed to eat egg. I was very nervous because we invited lot of friends for a party but it came out really well. Last time i just made small change. Instead of oil i used unsalted butter & it came out heavenly delicious.
    Thanks again!!!!
    looking for more eggless baking recipes.

  • vijirajmohan November 16, 2009, 11:13 am

    Could u tell me what substutte can I use for the milk,how about coconut milk/almond milk

    • Shilpa November 17, 2009, 9:22 am

      Some of the readers used soy milk and they said it came out well. I have always tried it with normal milk.

  • Mira November 21, 2009, 12:43 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe!!! I tried it out for the first time and it tasted awesome. But I was unable to invert the cake. Please let me know, how long should I allow the cake to cool before inverting???

    Amazing blog!!!


    • Shilpa November 21, 2009, 11:52 am

      Wait till the cake comes to room temperature.

  • Poornima Prabhu November 21, 2009, 12:50 pm

    Hi Shilpa
    Am going to try this cake,this will be the 1 st time i am making a cake…..what is the wt of the cake……..this is to decide whether i should use 1/2 kg or 1 kg cake tin…..am trying to convert all u’r measurements,wish me luck:)

  • Anita November 22, 2009, 3:30 am

    Tried it out today…came out awesome ! Thanks !

  • Poornima Prabhu November 26, 2009, 10:29 pm

    hi Shilpa,
    Finally made the cake yesterday,and it came out perfect……..made it in 2 half kg tins,cos i have a heart shaped 1/2 kg mould……..today is my in-laws’ wedding anniversary,so planning to decorate and give:)

  • Honey December 7, 2009, 2:15 am

    My Date Cake Saga..
    Dear Shilpa,
    I am really happy to have come across your blog.I have prepared lots of dishes from this blog and liked them all..However the date cake was a different story.The first time it was like date halwa…and i thought thats ok…may be dats supposed to be the cake!!
    However all these comments for this single recipe kept telling me its possible to make a proper eggless cake..I tried again and again and again…yes i made 7 flop date cakes…but i just couldnt give up…did endless search on the net for eggless cakes…because my cakes used to look perfect from outside,but inside it was uncooked.sometimes the upper crust would be over burnt and the inner layers…well lets say it was nthing near to a cakeLOL!
    and then i happened to chance upon a very useful tip in this link
    and i am so happy to say that i baked the most perfct date cake..
    i feel so happy..I used convection mode of my IFB microwave.I preheated at 180 degree celcius for 10 minuters then baked the first ten minutes at the same temperature and then lowered the temperature to 110 degree celcius and baked for 25 minutes..it worked!
    Thanks for this wonderful recipe!!my parents loved it:)

  • Rupa December 10, 2009, 5:08 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    I like to try this receipe, But I can’t understand the cup measurement. Could you please sent me the email with the measurements in grams even Dates (seedless).

    Thank You


  • gonar December 10, 2009, 7:39 am

    very rich and moist lovely cakeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    i am making it for my nnaany cus she is vegan!lol;)

  • ShreSha December 10, 2009, 10:25 pm

    Hi Shilpa!
    I’ve always wanted to try dates cake,but i knew that it won’t be easy and to get the good taste,i’ll need more experiance. Therefore i never tried to make a dates cake till i found ur receipe.
    It’s the best easiest receipe i ever found and today i baked it for the second time and the cake is sooooooooooooo amazing.
    two days ago i found ur receipe and i wanted to make the cake right away,so i tried ur way of warming the dates with milk. The cake was good and it took longer time to bake about15min longer than ur time but still the cake was amazing…
    But i finished it all ;) and last night i wanted to try it again by soaking the dates so i soaked it for a night. This morning i baked the cake and it was great…..
    Only one thing i found is that my batter wasn’t watery like urs. it was more like a muffin batter. But anyways the cake was delicious so i can’t complain.
    my husband found it a bit sweet so next time i wanna try to put less sugar and also wanted try this receipe without the oil.

    This is the easiest/tasty receipe and i’m sure anyone can do it.

    Thanks a million Shilpa……….

  • Pramita Rednam Hattangadi December 17, 2009, 7:33 am

    This is such a wonderful recipe…I just baked this cake and trust me I didn’t expect it would turn out so well and tasty. Though I put walnuts instead of cashew and used 1/2 cup each of milk and sugar. Remember to roast the walnuts a little.Essence can also be added.

  • Anaya December 29, 2009, 3:01 am

    I tried this cake the first time and though it came out moist, it wasn’t very spongy. It was also a little too sweet (probably the dates I had were very sweet). The next time I baked this, I added one egg (along with the dates, milk and sugar in the blender). I also added spice powder (2 cloves, 1 inch of cinnamon and a tiny bit of nutmeg powdered with 2 tsp sugar). Also added tutti fruity and chopped cashews in the dry flour + soda mixture. Reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup. The taste was very close to that of a plum cake (xmas cake) and didn’t take more than 1/2 hour for preparation…yummy..

  • sulakshana December 30, 2009, 12:56 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    I liked the recipe and i want to try this right now………..because i like plum cakes very much basically…….let you know if it comes out good for me………keep posting recipes like this……Thanks for all that !

  • VIDYA January 6, 2010, 4:57 am


  • sulakshana January 13, 2010, 1:33 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    Thanks A Bunch…..I made this cake and it came out excellent for me !!!
    And i took so many compliments from my family and friends……credit goes to you………Hearty Thanks once again.

  • Nina Mehta January 27, 2010, 2:41 pm

    Have u ever tried to double the ingredients? Am trying to make a bigger cake and want to be sure it comes out well, else I will bake it in 2 batches.

  • Soumya February 3, 2010, 3:24 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    I’ve been a silent reader of your blog for quite a while now. And yesterday I tried this recipe..It was unbelievably delicious..!!! I couldn’t stop eating it..!!!

    I just wanted to thank you for such a wonderful recipe. Keep up the good work :-)

  • sudha borkar February 4, 2010, 12:27 pm

    Hi shilpa,
    Tried ur date cake yesterday and it was awesome.NO ONE COULD BELIEVE THAT IT WAS DATE CAKE.my son thought it is a choclate cake and I let him believe that since he doesn’t like dates nor any fruits. sice I am atotal foodie person ur blog is a boon for me.I spend almost 3 to 4 hrs going thro’ ur recipes and reading comments.I amgoing to try every recipe of yours and let u know .
    sudha borkar

  • Archana March 3, 2010, 3:03 am

    hi shipla…. grt….can we make dis cake in a cooker ?? since i dont hv a oven

  • doris March 15, 2010, 6:31 am

    HI SHILPA i had made dates eggless cake and to tell u it came out so very well imyself was very happy and wheni served for the party everyone liked it. thanks alot i always see ur site

  • julie March 16, 2010, 4:57 pm

    This cake came out perfect…followed your recipe word by word and it was great…so soft and the rich flavor of dates….thanks a ton..!

  • shahista March 20, 2010, 3:46 am

    i tried ths recipe and it is awesomely great it looks like choco brownie taste great lov it its easy and yummy

  • Daisyblue April 5, 2010, 11:43 am

    Hey Shilpa,
    I tried your cake and indeed it started the cake fever.. I have linked your site in my blog..

  • mahek April 7, 2010, 5:07 am

    I was looking out for a eggless cake recipe from the net for a friend who is a “pukka veg”
    I am making it right now
    Thanks for the recipe

  • Shruthi April 13, 2010, 10:15 am

    I baked his yesterday for my 10th month old daughter’s monthly Bday. It came out awesome. taste was superb.
    Shilpa one tip from u plz. taste was good, but it became very soft in the center of teh cake. i dont know where i went wrong

  • Preeti April 20, 2010, 10:10 pm

    Hi Shilpa, I usually get very good results when I try your recipes – like the black forest cake, fruit gateau, jeera bread etc…but this one just didn’t turn out right…it was too dense for one (I just put 2 tsp of oil…could that be the reason?) and the taste was not that great..eating with strawberry icecream made it better, but still…anyways, thanks for taking the time and effort for posting such detailed recipes..it helps people like me to experiment and try out new things…take care, Preeti

  • Supriya May 4, 2010, 10:15 pm

    I tried this recipe yesterday. It came out very well. Just loved it. I reduced the sugar and oil quantity. It was soooo tasty. This is th first time I really baked to perfection. My husband and son just loved it. Thanks for the recipe. Have a nice day.

  • Deepa May 5, 2010, 4:39 pm

    Hi there, many thanks for publishing a fantastic cake recipe. I made it with excellent results. The cake was very moist and fluffy. I like that it doesnt use eggs or butter. You have done a wonderful job with this site. Thanks again. Deepa

  • Avantika Gharat May 20, 2010, 11:48 am

    I just did it exactly like you had said and voila, it just turned out superb ! Soft, spongy and Yummy ! Best was my 3 year old son feasting on it right from the time he cut it ! Thank you !

  • soumya May 24, 2010, 10:28 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    one of my friend prepared this cake and ive become a fan of this!! i want to make this cake at any cost. i dont have a cake pan for baking, can i use the corningware bowl? it says it is oven safe, but is it safe to bake a cake for 30 mins? or can i use the regular baking tray?

    • Shilpa May 25, 2010, 9:27 am

      Sorry, I have no idea what is corningware bowl. You can use any oven safe dish to bake this.

  • Devi June 7, 2010, 9:48 am

    I’m from pondicherry.
    I newly bought a microwave convection oven.
    But i don’t know how to use it and make cakes in it.
    But now I’m very much attracted by ur recipe’s photographs.
    So, Surely at any cost, I tried this cake as early as possible.
    And i reply u soon.



  • Aditi June 8, 2010, 3:24 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    I stumbled upon your blog from Madhuram’s eggless baking blog. I made this cake for a religious festival a few days ago and it was such a divine offering. I’m sure you and your aunt will also get the blessings since recipe originated from your blog :) I’ve already made it twice!

    I’m just learning how to bake eggless items, so wanted to confirm can the recipe be doubled/tripled as it is or are there any changes that need to be made?

    Thanks so much for your recipe and help!


    • Shilpa June 8, 2010, 10:11 am

      Yes, you can double the recipe.

  • Devi June 20, 2010, 1:55 pm

    Hi shilpa,

    I tried the dates cake yesterday, its very simple and tasty.
    The first cake in my oven is came good.
    My husband and my son also like it very much.

    Thank you,

  • Natasha June 29, 2010, 10:45 pm

    Hi Shilpa, A couple of questions-
    1. My cakes recently rise beautifully in the oven at (200 celcius) till I take them out. Once I do, they fall and are dense and not fluffy anymore. Does it happen when the cake is not sufficiently baked? A toothpick came out clean with a few crumbs but the top wasn’t browned.
    2. Do you recommend adding milk to cake recipes? An aunt who’s good at her cakes was horrified when I said I did.

    Love to little Ishaan.

    • Shilpa June 30, 2010, 10:46 am

      I am not sure about sunken cakes :(. Sorry. This cake needs milk. It is not added to all cakes.

  • virgo June 30, 2010, 2:48 am

    hi shilpa i ll try ur recipe today …can i bake in aluminium vessel.i dont have oven ware plate o vessel but i do have oven vessel but it is glass vessel …..please tell me i have already strted d process of soaking dates …please fast

    • Shilpa June 30, 2010, 10:30 am

      You can use any oven safe vessel

  • pretty June 30, 2010, 8:01 am

    hi!thanks I had been looking for this receipe for a long time. Instead of 1cup maida/cake flour I splited it into 3/4 cup maida and 1/4 wheat flour or ata it gave a nice texture plus step towards more healthy option

  • Sweta June 30, 2010, 8:13 am

    I have tried this cake multiple times and it always comes out real swell. Yesterday I made a small variation – added 1 egg and 1/2 tsp baking powder, reduced sugar a little. It was the yummiest and fluffiest cake ever. Loved it. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  • virgo July 1, 2010, 10:34 am

    hi shilpa

    Tnk u tnk u tnk u tnk u tnx a lottttttttttttttttt….i am a silent visitor to ur site daily n never wrote on ur site uptil now …..i jus prepared as u said n it came out marvellous fantastic lovely never xpected such a cake since this is my first cake …….n u know i myself emptied the whole cake hmmmmmmmmm i cant forget the flavour toooo nice……tnk u shilpa…..i hav tried so many recipe frm ur site n uptil now all have come out very nice….tnk u shilpa i can say bcoz of u i have learnt cooking since i had jus married n din know even to prepare a tea also but now hmmm i can prepare any thing …..n most of my recipe is frm ur site only …..i hav told my other frds too abt this site…..

  • Manali July 7, 2010, 5:38 pm

    I think this is your best recipe.I always try this recipe.We don’t eat dates but My husband & me both love this cake.

  • Deepa R July 11, 2010, 2:25 am

    Hi shilpa, loved this receipe..i just tried this and loved as it was not so sweet and the health conscious family really appreciated it..

  • Sathya July 11, 2010, 9:29 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Have been a silent reader for a while. I had tried your fruit cake a while back which was a huge hit. I had a few ‘eggless’ friends over yesterday night and tried the date recipe and it was delicious! Everyone loved the cake and it was over in a few minutes. Thanks very much for the recipe and the precise instructions. They were very useful as my time was short.

    Only comment I may have on the cake itself is that it was a tad sweeter – maybe due to the dates I used. Otherwise, it was amazing.

    Thanks again for the recipe and keep up the good work!

  • ambulisamma July 14, 2010, 8:07 am

    I have tried this recipe,changed measures still it came out quiet well.Thanks.

  • Jayashree July 20, 2010, 3:10 am

    Shilpa, you are right about this cake causing a stir. I just tried it about 30 minutes back and couldn’t stop myself from blogging about it immediately. Thank you for sharing such a lovely recipe. Please do take a look at my post when u can.

  • Sasi July 24, 2010, 2:08 pm

    Hi Shilpa!!

    The recipe looks really good,which tells me to try soon.
    Can u tell me how make this with microvave oven with convention option.And i m having loaf pan can use to make this cake.
    Plz reply me soo.

    • Shilpa July 25, 2010, 9:36 am

      Keep it in convention oven mode and bake.

  • Nisha July 24, 2010, 9:56 pm

    Hey Shilpa, this looks lovely, I’d like to try it, but with atta; I’m trying very hard to eradicate maida from my life! You have any suggestions on how to tweak this recipe for atta? Thanks!

    • Shilpa July 25, 2010, 9:35 am

      I haven’t tried it yet. Sorry. I think you can just replace maida in above recipe with atta and try.

  • Mad Scientist July 26, 2010, 11:30 am

    I have baked this date cake many times. I have followed ur recipe religiously(this is very difficult for me, for I am not called mad scientist simply). One of these days i will succumb to the temptation of tweaking the recipe. Do I have ur permission to do so and most importantly write abt it?

    Love to Ishaan. How old is he now?

    • Shilpa July 26, 2010, 8:00 pm

      Just to cover all the masala. I don’t know exact measurements.

  • priya mathur July 28, 2010, 7:26 am

    please tell me how to make these cakes without microwave oven cos i dont have it right now…….

  • vibha August 2, 2010, 6:09 am

    i tried baking this cake yesterday mine is a micowave convection oven i baked the cake for 50 minutes at 190C but the top of cake got burnt

  • vibha August 2, 2010, 6:12 am

    i tried baking this cake yesterday mine is a microwave oven with convection i baked this cake at 190C for 50 minutes but the top layer of the cake got burnt what could have gone wron

    • Shilpa August 2, 2010, 8:17 pm

      Keep it at a little lower temperature and try

  • Jessica August 12, 2010, 1:12 pm

    Disaster result. Too much sugar. Doesn’t rise well at all – I can’t even cut the cake. Every piece sticks to another. The texture tastes like mushy dates soaked in heavy syrup.

  • shiey August 22, 2010, 3:55 am

    my cake turned out really well, all your recipes i tried so far are lovely and mouth watering! im sure the ones i havent tried will experience the same feeling….you are amazing! but i did add one egg to the date cake recipe, dont know what made me do that…. anyways, keep uploading recipes..wish u good luck!

  • malaka August 29, 2010, 5:09 pm

    hi shilpa!

    I tried this recipe out and I totally loved it. I added some pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and nutmeg and used BUTTER instead of oil and HONEY instead of sugar and it turned out great. i dusted it with a bit of powdered sugar and i just love it!

    thank you!

  • Aliyah September 1, 2010, 5:25 am

    Do you think it would be nice if I add little bit of cardamon powder?

  • meen September 2, 2010, 12:52 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Can I make this in microwave, I have made it in oven for like thousand times now. Everyone seem to love it.
    I have moved to korea and now we have only microwave. I am missing my date cake. I specially carried dates from India for this.

    Please help!

  • Mansha September 29, 2010, 9:38 pm

    hey shilpa,
    i love ur date walnut cake n had made me very famous at time of navratras ! i substitute maida with kuttu atta n make date walnut eggless cake.its made me so famous,that every navratras my colleagues wait 4 it !
    thanx so much n keep up the good work !

  • shanthi October 6, 2010, 5:53 pm

    Wonderful recipe. for the first time me eggless cake came out perfect. Taste and texture was good. thanks for sharing. If you have any other eggless cake recipe pls share. thanks

  • vanshika October 11, 2010, 7:08 am

    hey.. thanks for recipe bt can u pls tell how can i make this in cooker???

    pls pls pls reply

    • Shilpa October 11, 2010, 7:50 am

      Sorry, I have never tried it in cooker

  • LR October 13, 2010, 10:45 am

    Hey shilpa..I tried out your recipe…It came out really really well..It was so yummy…my first successful cake..I am soo happy…
    checkout my cake if you have time..


  • Varuna A October 18, 2010, 4:40 am

    M makin dis Date Cake since a long time nw bt came across ur site jus sm daz bak.. instead of 18dates i nrmlly put 12- 15 dates n also i mk dis cake IN COOKER ovr low-flame as v dont hv oven. It comes out rlly nice in COOKER 2!!! it tks arnd 45-50mins (without whistle)

  • Varsha October 29, 2010, 4:36 am

    Hey Shilpakka!
    Made this one today with half the quantity you have mentioned and made 6 cup cakes…came out well and tasty although a bit oily to touch. Probably I messed with my measure.

    One mistake I made, I used cooking oil like you said, but had filtered groundnut oil. So the cakes have a very pea-nutty smell….The taste is alright though. What oil do you use while making this cake?

    • Shilpa October 29, 2010, 8:33 am

      I normally use sunflower oil (both for cooking and this cake). You can make it without oil too :)

  • Deepa November 1, 2010, 10:33 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    I had made this cake for dinner party and served this as a dessert. Everybody was so full that no one was ready to accept a small piece. But after forcing for the first, all took the second helping. Thank you so much for this wonderful cake. So far I have made this cake atleast 15 times and it has never failed. I had thanked you when I first made this cake (that was also my first ever baking) but wanted to thank you again. Really so many of us must have got praises all thanks to you.

  • asha November 30, 2010, 11:41 am

    Can u please tell me which brand oven or OTG is good for baking cakes. ive got a microoven it dosent come out well.which one do u use?Kindly help me out with this.

    • Shilpa December 1, 2010, 8:59 am

      I use the OTG that came with our apartment. I don’t have more info on it unfortunately. Sorry.

  • Neha December 9, 2010, 2:33 pm

    Hey Shilpa,

    I baked two versions of this cake by you for my husbands birthday. One I followed the recipe (minus the oil) and it turned out fabulous. My mom-in-law, husband, me and my frnds all loved it. Next I baked one sugarless (increased dates to 36 and milk to 1 cup). It turned out even better than the first one (good for diabetics as well).

    Thanks a lot for sharing the recipe. I think I will make the healthier version of it more often now that everyone enjoyed it so much.

    look forward to more recipes frm you.


  • Sofia Agboatwalla December 11, 2010, 9:00 pm

    Thank you for posting this delicious cake recipe.

  • meenakshi December 12, 2010, 10:01 pm

    Absolutely a keeper..was a quick cake too!! Everyone loved it..and since I made it with no oil absolutely healthy too..cheers for publishing this one!

  • Asha December 16, 2010, 8:10 pm

    Will da consistency of da cake change if I add one or two eggs?

    • Shilpa December 17, 2010, 9:08 am

      I don’t know. I never made it with egg as this recipe does not need it.

    • Tasneem March 16, 2011, 2:52 am

      i added an egg to the batter with a lil bit of cinnamon and it comes out fab! just like plum cake!
      thanx shilpa for this lovely recipe!

    • Tasneem March 16, 2011, 2:55 am

      i added an egg to the batter with a lil bit of cinnamon and it comes out fab! just like plum cake!
      thanx shilpa for this lovely recipe! i have made this arnd 3-4 times and it always comes out yummy! :)

  • DHendrickson December 20, 2010, 5:55 pm

    I made this cake for our company xmas party (yesterday). everybody was amaze on this cuz its vegan! I serve it with vanilla ice cream. Thanks for this recipe I will make this more and share with my family and friends.

  • Madhumita December 27, 2010, 10:23 pm

    S loves this cake and I made it all over again for the umpteenth time.And as always, this cake is a hit and has never failed me. Thanks Shilpa.

  • Nutan January 10, 2011, 10:28 pm


    I made this cake last weekend and it was liked by all! Thanks for this wonderful and easy recipe. It came out exactly the same as shown by you, i.e. dark brown due to black dates. Although it tasted a bit bitter, I am not sure why (maybe less sugar?). But my younger brother in law liked it a lot as it was less sweet. Thanks again for this.

  • Deepika January 14, 2011, 6:07 am

    Hi..just wanted to know that can thsi cake be baked in a microwave?

    • Shilpa January 14, 2011, 8:43 am

      Yes, I think it takes about 5-6mins in microwave, I have never tried it though

    • NishaB March 26, 2011, 12:22 am

      Hey. I bake it in the microwave all the time; it’s lovely. Just add about 5 minutes to the baking time.

  • KC February 3, 2011, 6:39 pm

    I came across your recipe in a search to incorporate dates in making a cake. I’d like to try this however, I’ve not been able to locate the size of the springform pan you used to make it. Could you please let me know what size is used? Thank you.

  • deepika February 13, 2011, 11:01 pm

    hi can we use butter instead of oil.as we don’t like oil’s smell

    • Shilpa February 14, 2011, 9:12 am

      I haven’t tried butter. I have made this with oil and without any oil, both came out well

    • Tasneem March 16, 2011, 2:57 am

      hi again!
      i have used butter always, shilpa…comes out nice… :)

  • Deepa February 14, 2011, 3:36 pm

    This was a wonderful recipe. The cake was soft and delicious.

  • Hanaa February 23, 2011, 9:28 pm

    Dear Aayi, thank you so much for this recipe!! The texture is perfect, stays moist and my husband, who doesn’t like dates, just loved it :) I’m glad I had seen the picture so I wasn’t surprised at the color, but he said after eating a couple of pieces: “It’s great, and I like the fact that the cocoa taste isn’t too strong!” :D Recommended!

  • Zahira February 25, 2011, 5:20 am

    Fantastic cake. Hats off to aayi . Thanks a lot. I really got lots of praises for the cake. I give all those to you shilpa . Thanks again

  • UD March 1, 2011, 8:39 pm

    I made this cake two times,the first time it turned out fabulous but the second time it rose and then sank in the center and was undone in the center.The only difference the second time i made was,i used cake flour and not all purpose.What do you think went wrong??

  • Sonia March 8, 2011, 7:14 pm

    This recipe is very quick and easy. I made cupcakes out of it for my son. Why buy store cupcakes with 100 ingredients that you can’t even spell! I also added a pinch of pumpkin pie spice to give it a good flavor. Thanks a lot! This is quick and easy for evening snack.

  • Deeksha March 14, 2011, 2:01 am

    Hey, the recipe sounds great.. I intend to impress my husband with this recipe.. the problem is I dont have an oven yet. Can this be prepared in the Dal Bati oven or some other way? The other day I tried baking cookies in bati oven using your Whole wheat cookies recipe, it turned out very hard. Please help me!!!

    • Shilpa March 14, 2011, 2:26 pm

      I am not familiar with dal bati oven. But you can make cakes in cooker. Put some sand at the bottom and keep the vessel with cake batter on top of it. Cook without whistle. I am not sure how long it takes, so you might have to do some trial and error.

    • Deeksha March 15, 2011, 4:41 am

      Thanks Shilpa. I’ll definately try it!!!

  • Deepa May 1, 2011, 1:06 pm

    Hi Shipla, the cake was very good and easy to make. Thanks for the recipe

  • Varsha May 12, 2011, 12:54 am

    Hi Shilpa, I tried this cake yesterday. It turned out too good but had only one problem. The oil taste was bad in it. Can you tell me which brand of oil (Indian brand) to use in this? Or do you know type of oil your pachi used to make this cake with? I am based in India. I used the kacchi ghani ground nut filtered oil. I think that was the culprit.
    I want to bake this again so pls suggest.

    • Shilpa May 13, 2011, 11:45 am

      I used sunflower oil when I was in India

    • Varsha May 15, 2011, 10:34 pm

      I aked this twice with sunflower refined oil. It was just too good……. Thanks a lot for this lovely recipe. I am spreading the cake fever with my people too.

  • Alice May 17, 2011, 6:23 am

    Tried the recipe and turned out well. Thanks for posting it. Have a nice day!

  • Ashwini Prashanth May 26, 2011, 5:13 pm

    Hi ,
    Can I use sweetened condensed milk instead of plain milk ?

  • Monica May 28, 2011, 2:39 am

    I made this cake for my friend. It turned out to be very delicious. Thanks a lot for posting the recipe:)

  • Sanjeevi June 1, 2011, 4:11 pm

    Hi Shilpa,

    I had never baked before and my sister-in-law asked me to try this recipe. The outcome was awesome.. Me and my hubby liked it a lot. I shared it with our friends and they too liked it a lot. Thanks for posting this lovely recipe. It really spreads the cake fever :) After this recipe, I tired your simple egg cake as well and it too came out very well.

  • Savitha June 6, 2011, 10:38 pm

    Hi Shilpa, Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I could not believe that a cake can be baked without butter and oil. I tried without oil and it just tastes awesome. Everyone in my family just loved it, being a pure vegetarian I am always looking for eggless baking and this is just perfect!
    Thanks once again.


    • Pradnya June 13, 2011, 1:44 pm

      Hi! I live this cake. I had tried it twice before and it came out fab.
      I have a qt though I want to use the ready to use icing. Which one wud u recommendand with which tip?
      Pls let me know. I’ve to make this for a surprise bday party and am pressed for time.

    • Shilpa June 15, 2011, 9:13 am

      For different kinds of decorations, you have to use different tips. Please refer wilton.com for more info. I used wilton’s buttercream icing for this.

  • Pradnya June 13, 2011, 2:03 pm

    Hi Shilpa

    I love this recipe and I had made it twice before. The icing though is a challenge for me as I dont much icing. I did do it last time starting from scratch and it took max time. Could you please tell me if I could use any ready to use icing, recommend which one would be good for this cake, and which shape size to use. I’ve to make this again along with other food for my FIL’s surprise 61st birthday, so I’ll be pressed for time, what with my 10 month old tagging along. Looking forward to your reply soon..please let me know. Thanks in advance.


  • shashi June 30, 2011, 3:41 pm

    this seems to b yummy. i wud definitely try this….but cud i try this with prunes!!!

  • Sri July 15, 2011, 4:19 am

    Hey Shilpa,

    Baked this cake today….and true to ur words it was yum….and it tastes so much like a chocolate cake…Thanks to ur pachi for this awesome recipe!!

  • usha July 16, 2011, 2:16 am

    I wann try this yummy receipe. Could you please let me know hwta temp needs to be set in microwave to bake this.

  • Amu July 21, 2011, 4:38 am

    I loved your recipe..just searched on my mobile last night and tried today ..but my oven burned the cake ..plz can u help me with this ..it alwys burn my things..the max temp in 270 ..no f or c is written ..and when i see recipes it say bake on 350 ..so does this my oven is in c scale and 350 f mean 180 c..plz help

  • Amu July 21, 2011, 4:39 am

    My oven is sunflame regency OTG

  • Amu July 21, 2011, 4:46 am

    Sorry ..i searched the net and ofcourse i was burning my cakes cauze i was keeping 270 c that means 550 f..phew..i will write how your recipe tuen out

  • Neeraja July 24, 2011, 10:36 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe! I tried it out recently and it was a huge hit, and as you mention, it has started a date-cake-fever here :)

  • Mayuri July 30, 2011, 11:13 am

    I have cooked this cake 2 times. Both times it remains at the same height . How come it does not raise ?

  • Luna August 7, 2011, 8:47 pm


    I just wanted to know what method do you use to grind the dates? Does it turn into a paste?

  • ishmeen kaur August 8, 2011, 2:43 am

    cake was to too good…. i tried with one egg and it turned out to be a fab……………………………… thanks for the recipe…..

  • Neeta August 18, 2011, 12:52 am

    Dear Shilpa,
    I’ve tried many recipes frm this blog.and this one is absolutely keeper.It always works well.It’s eggless so u can make it on days/months when eggs are not eaten,like Shravan.I thought following will help u and reders.I love to bake and would like to add that:
    1) u have said that substituting baking powder insted of soda makes it dry and hard
    .this is ’cause in baking 1tsp baking podwer can be substituted for 1/4 th tsp soda,so for 1tsp soda, u would probably need 4 tsp baking powder
    2) some readers have complained about smell.groundnut oil which is commomnly used in India always gives offensive smell to baked products
    3) any cake that uses oil will taste much better with same amount of butter but cholesterol content of butter is much higher.
    Thanks for a lovely recipe.Requesting you for more eggless cakes

  • ratna September 6, 2011, 2:47 am

    Hi Dear,
    I tried the recipe Y’day and it came out tasty..But the cake did not rise much and was chewy and dry.As neeta said is it coz I added 1tsp of baking powder instead do I hv to add 4 tsp Baking powder and also said amount of oil?. Rest of the recipe ingredients I added according to the recipe and I did not add any oil.So please suggest me ..

  • vishnu September 21, 2011, 5:41 am

    Can maida be replaced with wheat flour?

  • Sinthu October 16, 2011, 12:19 am

    I tried this cake and substitute the oil with butter and it came out simply superb. We dont eat egg, and it is hard to find an eggless cake receipe that comes out really nice. This cake was very very simple to make it and I gave it to 3 of my friends and they just LOVED it.

  • seema November 5, 2011, 8:18 am

    How to make this cake in microwave?

  • Uma November 7, 2011, 11:28 pm

    Hey Shilpa,

    Just tried this recipe.The change I made is instead of cake I made muffins out of it. Easy to carry on the go. perfect snack to have with hot cup of coffee in the winter.



  • Gayathri November 28, 2011, 4:15 am

    If i use smaller quatity – Half of the prescribed recipe , do i have to reduce the baking time


    • Divya January 15, 2012, 4:10 am

      Baking time remains same :)

  • Jayasri December 5, 2011, 1:52 am

    This was a wonderful recipe. Each and every it turns out so well.
    We love this cake than store bought. I shared this recipe with my friends and they all love it. Wanna thank you for this recipe.

  • purnima December 19, 2011, 11:05 am

    Thnx for the wonderful recipe!!!! My kids luv this cake…cant stop eating this…

  • Jinny December 19, 2011, 4:05 pm

    This cake comes out really well when you make it exactly as given in this recipe – tried it with egg and butter and baking powder substitute but it didn’t come out well.

  • Chhaya December 29, 2011, 2:20 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    This is the first time i am visiting your site. I tried this recipe yesterday.I used butter instead of oil and it came out so yummy. My parents are veges. So they loved it tooo.Shared it with my friends. they loved it tooo. Dates cake fever is going to start…
    Thanks a ton for this lovely recipe.

  • Divya January 15, 2012, 4:11 am

    Superb recipe will try it :)

  • Priyanka February 17, 2012, 11:21 am

    Amazing recipe…next time I’ll try without oil. Thank you:)

  • Kanchan February 25, 2012, 1:22 am

    Did you do icing on that, and if yes then with what did you use ??

    • Shilpa February 25, 2012, 10:51 pm

      Yes, I used storebought buttercream icing

  • Laxmi March 14, 2012, 11:30 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    I prepared this cake y’day it come out really nice.. thanks for giving such nice recipe.

    • Annalyn August 12, 2012, 2:49 am

      I made this cake and its soo delicious! Very easy to make considering this is my second baking experience. After making the first, I readily made another because I’m excited to share it with family!
      Thank you and to your aunt who made this recipe!

  • Anusha March 17, 2012, 11:34 am

    Have you tried this using whole wheat flour?


    • Shilpa March 17, 2012, 8:09 pm

      I haven’t, but some of my readers tried it and they had good results

  • SOWMYA March 23, 2012, 1:26 pm

    Hai Shilpa – Thank you for this awesome, super easy recipe. The cake came out really well:)

  • Pallavi Sharma April 8, 2012, 5:18 pm

    Hi Shilpa

    I made dis cake few days ago,it really came out very gud.We are highly thankful to you for sharing such a wonderful recipe with us.Everybody liked it. Can u tell us about frosting of cake wid strawberry.

  • Anusha April 9, 2012, 8:56 am


    Could you please tell me if you substituted anything when you made the cake without the oil? How did you make up for the missing liquid ? Did you use applesauce ? Also, I am planning to bake this using white whole wheat flour. Will anything change because of that ?


    • Shilpa April 10, 2012, 1:37 pm

      No, did not add anything. It works as it is.

  • Chelsea April 18, 2012, 9:49 am

    Hi, I am looking for an eggless dairy-free cake recipe for my son’s bday party, and may try this. I am curious what holds the cake together without the eggs? The dates? Does it end up super-crumbly? Thanks!

    • Shilpa April 18, 2012, 11:02 am

      Yes dates. And no, it is not crumbly, it is very moist and dense cake

  • anu April 19, 2012, 6:10 am

    yesterday i had posted a comment and i cant see it now.

  • anusha April 19, 2012, 11:16 am

    Thank u 4 your quick reply Shilpa..i just go through your index.You have got an amazing collection of receipes.I will definitely try some of your wonderful receipes.

  • Sarah April 20, 2012, 3:29 am

    Hi Shilpa, Thanks so much for this great recipe. It worked beautifully – moist and firm and sweet. And so easy! A real winner. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Kalpana April 22, 2012, 11:01 am

    Hai is it ok to add grated carrot to it as I once tasted carrot and dates eggless cake which was delicious.since then I have been looking for the recipe when I came across ur dates vegan cake.do answer my query.

    • Shilpa April 24, 2012, 9:55 am

      Sorry, haven’t tried it.

  • amu April 25, 2012, 2:30 pm

    Dear shilpa,
    i love your site ..user friendly and excellent recipes. i have a question . As i dont have an oven .can i pressure cook it..and can i just put the tin mould with just round plate at bottom ..or should i add sand as many sites suggest ..thanks

    • Shilpa April 26, 2012, 10:20 am

      Sorry, I never tried cakes in pressure cooker. But I have heard you should use sand

  • amu April 26, 2012, 1:40 pm

    hi shilpa ..today i tried a basic sponge cake in cooker .no sand ..just a plate with hole between mould and cooker..it worked absolutly fine. infact very good and no burnt edges.just for info to ppl on your website

    • Shilpa April 26, 2012, 6:27 pm

      Thanks Amu for the info

  • Ananya April 29, 2012, 9:02 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    I made this cake twice…No doubt the taste was very good..BUT when I tried to flip it on a flat dish middle portion of the cake was stuck to the baking pan making my cake break..I ensured that the cake was cooled at room temp for 30 mins…I want to make a princess castle cake for my daughter’s birthday from this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqOP4iygW2k….I will have to bake 4 square 9″ inch cakes..how much quantity will I have to bake if I plan a date cake or if I go for 1-2-3 cake..Thanks in advance…

  • Dinesh May 1, 2012, 5:17 pm

    I liked this recipe and so I tried my very first cake ever. I don’t know how to count; so the 18 became 15. The oil I left out like you said. I added 2 pods of crushed cardamom, because I just have it from my sister.

    It was a disaster (my problem, not your recipe, read on please). Looked great, knife came out dry (didn’t know I had to stab the center), but when it cooled, collapsed totally in the center, where it was soft. The outermost 2 inch ring was GREAT!!! I think there are several bugs(!) in my program. Did not wait 10 minutes after oven was hot, did not wait to take it out, and baked in a thick glass dish.

    Any way, I experimented it on my colleagues today, and they all loved it and had seconds. They were amazed that it had no eggs, and no oil!! Only one guessed it was dates (tasted like Panchamritham!). I took the word ‘grind’ too literally and did so with a mortar and pestle. Next time, blender!

    Thanks very much for a wonderful recipe, so easy to prepare and delicious!!

  • Anu May 2, 2012, 9:22 pm

    I made this cake yesterday came out very good!!! Loved the taste and super easy to make..Thanks for the recipe

  • Anu May 2, 2012, 9:24 pm

    And yes I left out the oil completely..

  • Gayatri May 5, 2012, 3:48 pm


    Just tried this recipe out! It was delicious. I just made a few changes:

    1. I dissolved the baking Soda in 1 teaspoon of vinegar to make the cake less dense.
    2. Added 1/4th teaspoon of Jamaican Allspice
    3. Substituted Sugar with 4 tablespoons honey!

    It came out soft, fluffy and perfectly sweetened. The only problem I had was it tasted of baking soda. So next time I will cut down on baking soda, and add a little buttermilk. But the recipe is amazing! :)


  • Sumitra May 14, 2012, 7:24 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    I tried this recipe with rice flour so that my wheat allergic son can eat it and of course I made it without nuts. It is very dense and moist and did not break like rice based baked goods do. Thank you for such an excellent recipe.
    Here’s a comment from my son:

    Hi Shilpa Aunty,
    I really liked my mother’s version of your cake. I hope she makes it another time.
    Thank you so much!

    • Shilpi October 20, 2012, 11:37 pm

      Hi Sumitra,
      My son is allergic to wheat,milk,nuts. Would you be able to share ur version of this date cake recipe with me. I will really appreciate:) Thanks,Regards!

  • anu June 5, 2012, 8:01 pm

    Thanks yaar. I did this cake, came out perfectly. I posted some pics also in my blog dhomefood.blogspot.com

    Thank u

  • Shree June 18, 2012, 7:22 pm

    Hey shilpa,
    I was looking for cake recipes and stumbled on to u’r site…. Am glad i found u’r blog…. I baked this dates cake but instead of dates i used dried plums…. As i was out of dates… Was really hesitant initially….since this is my first homemade cake… But to my surprise it came out so good….. I used u’r recipe but substitued all purpose flour to whole wheat and then instead of dates used plums…. And it is amazing,….thanks a lot for such a simple but yummy cake recipe…. It was a instant hit with my hubby and my kindergartener…. Will look forward for more and try out u’r recipes… Good job…

  • MAYA June 21, 2012, 6:27 am

    Thanks Shilpa for this recipe.It turned out well. I tried it with a small variation. I added say about1/8 cup of oil.

  • Pooja June 22, 2012, 7:50 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    I tried this cake today. Came out very good. I followed everythin u ve mentioned, but added nuts n some tutti frutti. I dusted them in flour in added, but when d cake was done, all of it had sunk in to d bottom :(
    Where did I go wrong? N what can i do to avoid this again? Thanks!!!

    • Shilpa June 26, 2012, 5:08 pm

      Sorry I don’t know

  • Kajal June 25, 2012, 1:49 am

    Hi Shilpa, I tried this cake yesterday,not for the first time but maybe the 10th time :) this time the cake did not come out well..all the previous times I baked it in the US with some different variety of dates. In India I tried with lion dates…and it was a disaster.can anybody pla suggest any other brand of dates?

  • archana July 4, 2012, 6:17 am

    hi shilpa,
    ur cake recp r gr8
    im defntly gng 2 try
    bt i hv 1 qry…long back i hd try one cake at home firstly it look so fluppy bt as i inserted knife it sat down idndt knw hw it happpns i hv follwed all d steps den 2???/
    pls reply

  • Shan July 8, 2012, 8:58 am

    How much ML is 3/4 cup milk?

    • Shilpa July 9, 2012, 12:18 pm

      1 cup = 240ml

  • Girija July 9, 2012, 12:18 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Love the recipe and the way the cake turned out…. Amazing! Its a hit in my family… THanks a lot!

    This time I tried using 2/3 wheat flour instead of maid and small portion of rawa. Came out very fluffy and spongy :)


  • Vaishali July 11, 2012, 6:48 am

    Hello Shilpa,

    Keen reader (and user) of your recipes. Wanted to know if you have ever tried using carbonated water in eggless cakes?

    Apparently, this make the cake spongy and light Just like the eggy ones.


    • Shilpa July 11, 2012, 9:37 pm

      No, never used it. Will have to try sometime

  • Bhavna July 11, 2012, 10:46 am

    Ok Shilpa found the cake it was the date cake fever…lol…thank u !

  • maira July 20, 2012, 1:36 pm

    i made the cake nd it burnt:(

  • Wari July 26, 2012, 2:21 am

    Wat type of dates need 2 b used? D dry ones or d sticky ones??

    • Shilpa July 26, 2012, 7:02 pm

      Wet (sticky) ones

  • Hemlata @ indiamarks.com August 2, 2012, 4:41 am

    Wow…. I love this cake and really all of your creations. how exciting!!! keep it up … and i will definitely keep you in mind for future sweet-treat needs

  • Raksha August 12, 2012, 5:23 am

    can i maki this cake in microwave
    i have no convection mode (pre heat)
    pls tell me this recipe
    how i will back it in microwave oven pls

    • Shilpa August 13, 2012, 9:50 am

      Sorry, I don’t bake in microwave. But many of my readers have. You can try making a small batch.

  • Neethu Chandan August 27, 2012, 7:59 am

    Hey Shilpa,
    Simply awesome ! I made this Date cake tode (10 mins in microwave ) , came out really well . My 1.9 yr old son started singing ‘Happy bde to u mamma :-) ‘ ….
    he’z lovin it and also said ‘Bhaari bare assa’ ;-) . Simply love all the recipes here . Keep them coming .

    Best regards,
    Neethu Chandan.

  • Arosha September 6, 2012, 5:46 am

    It was really nice this is the first time that I backed a date cake it was superb thank you for the recipe

  • Nirmila September 6, 2012, 9:29 am

    This sounds great. I wil try it.

  • Gino September 25, 2012, 12:16 am

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. You saved my butter-egg dilemma! It was incredibly delicious and satisfying! My family loved it! Check out my blog and see how my version looked like. I will definitely be making more of this in the future!


  • MAWillsey October 21, 2012, 7:32 pm

    How much do the 18 dates weigh used in your cake recipe? All I can get are pre-chopped dates., thank-you

  • sharma October 23, 2012, 2:51 pm

    hi shilpa

    this cake howmany minutes back and how many derees in oven back

    • Shilpa October 26, 2012, 7:47 pm

      350F for about 35-40mins

  • Conee December 5, 2012, 2:30 am

    the cake turned out to be simply superb..thank u so much for sharing this recipe:D

  • Bindu December 20, 2012, 11:00 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Found this recipe and as you have mentioned in the blog,,,,the cake fever has started in my house. Both my kids love this cake.
    Thanks to you and grandma for this wonderful recipe.

  • sashi December 22, 2012, 3:41 pm

    I made three big batches of this cake for my daughter’s birthday party. It WAS A BIG HIT at the party. There are many people asked for the recipe and I directed them to your blog. I LOVED the taste and my one and three year-old went crazy on this cake…:)

    I made some slight changes. Since I wanted the cake to be more dense, I added 1/2 tsp of baking powder. Instead of milk, I used creamed coconut. I soaked creamed coconut in water. I bought that in Food Basics and used more than half a package per tray (I used the rectangle tray). When I used the canned coconut milk it did not give the coconut flavor or the taste. I also used 2 tetley tea packs for the color and bit of bitter taste.

    I really appreciate your work. This is one of my bookmarked blog.

  • m0na January 23, 2013, 7:05 am

    I want to say thanks for this recipe. I have made it several times now and it always turns out perfect. I have also used this recipe to make ‘sticky date cupcakes’. To decorate, I core out the top of the cupcake and fill with a caramel sauce. Then I replace the cupcake top and frost with whipped cream and a drizzle of the caramel and some chopped dates. I’ve also done vegan and gluten-free versions for school fetes. Big hit!!! Thanks again.

  • Sofia Agboatwalla February 1, 2013, 12:59 am

    Best Cake in the world!

  • Chunauti Duggal February 13, 2013, 12:53 pm


    I tried out this recipe for my father’s bday last week! The cake turned out soooo delicious….it was really the best cake i ever baked or tasted! My father liked it very much! Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful recipe! :)

  • Harini February 25, 2013, 1:17 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! My hubby is allergic to processed sugar. I followed your measurements but replaced the sugar with unprocessed coconut-palm sugar and also added some walnuts and some orange oil. I used extra virgin coconut oil instead of regular oil. The cake came out very well.

  • Kk May 7, 2013, 8:02 am

    Hi i have dates syrup. Can i substitute that for dates and how much dates syrup should i add for this recipe

    • Shilpa May 7, 2013, 8:53 am

      Sorry, I don’t know

  • Smita July 20, 2013, 8:04 am

    Hello Shilpa,

    First, let me compliment you for giving such a wonderful recipe, especially for those who do not eat eggs.

    Second, I have a doubt. I do not have either oven or microwave oven. Can I bake in a pressure cooker or any other method? If yes, how to bake in the pressure cooker? Please answer my doubt. I really want to try this recipe.

    • Shilpa July 21, 2013, 11:53 am

      Thanka Smita. I have never baked cakes in pressure cooker. But some others have. You can put some sand in the bottom of cooker and bake the cake in a cooker vessel. Cook without putting weight(whistle).

  • Rachna July 26, 2013, 6:59 pm

    I tried out this recipe. I didnt have any dates or resins. I made it with bananas and it was awesome.

  • Nasrin August 7, 2013, 5:24 pm

    Hi Shilpa. I have the pitted dates’ paste. How much of those should I use?? It’s just a big blob of paste, so hard to count 18. Thank you.

    • Shilpa August 8, 2013, 6:06 pm

      I would suggest using approximately 2 tbl spns of the paste

  • rashmi August 24, 2013, 9:33 am

    Please suggest what whipper to buy for making fresh whipped cream. Also how to make cream and do icing on cake.

    • Shilpa August 26, 2013, 9:35 am

      You can use just a hand whisk and whisk the cream till it forms peaks or use any basic electronic whisk. You can easily buy whipping cream from the market.

  • Prachi September 26, 2013, 6:26 am

    Thanks a lot for this egg less cake recipe, my mom loved it as she doesn’t like those with eggs, I was happy to make it for her.

  • GKRB November 28, 2013, 7:00 am

    Made this cake.Loved it!Made the following changes- I used half portion whole wheat pastry flour and added a 1/4 tsp soda extra.I also used brown sugar.I substituted half the quantity of oil with sweetened applesauce.It worked out well!Thanks for the recipe.

  • swati December 2, 2013, 4:02 pm

    Thanks a ton for the recipe. I made it several times and now it has become my kids favorite snack. It is healthy and tasty too. Sometimes I add resins or banana in place of sugar. I always use whole wheat flour and reduce the amount of oil.

  • Rajitha December 12, 2013, 10:16 am

    Hi Shilpa , tried this cake today followed recipe to t but didn’t grease well so looked ok . But tasted so yummy that I prepared it again looks perfect but have not dared to taste . Pls tell me how to store it if I need for the next day . Thank u so much .

    • Shilpa December 12, 2013, 3:08 pm

      You can keep it in a container with tight lid on. It can stay outside the fridge for 2-3 days

  • Rajitha December 14, 2013, 3:13 am

    Thank u . N recipe was fab everybody loved it

  • Uma January 1, 2014, 6:49 pm

    Hi shilpa…

    Wish u n ur family a very happy healthy n prosperous new year.

    I hv already baked this cake n number of times…and whenver i bake it i remember what u hv mentioned … A cake fever… Lols

    Now baking it for kids party … Its really easy n tasty too …



  • snehal January 4, 2014, 5:48 am

    i tried ur date cake in microwave, checked whether knife comes out clean and gave a near 5mins standing time. initially it looked good but soon after i removed it from the m/w, the centre portion dipped. can u help?

    • Shilpa January 4, 2014, 6:22 pm

      Did you open the microwave early? Cake sinks when it is taken from oven too early (or you open the oven door too many times while baking).

  • Nirmala February 4, 2014, 5:29 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Thank u so much for the lovely easy recipe.
    I tried baking for the first time n it came out awesome. I used whole wheat flour but still it was supermoist n soft.
    Thanks once again.

  • Tanya February 12, 2014, 10:41 am

    Hi Shipa,

    Thanks for the Dates Cake recipe.. I tried it last week and it turned out well..

    I felt the baking soda ratio you mentioned is little more, so i reduced it to 3/4 a tea spoon. Still after baking i felt it is more soda…. Can you confirm whether it is baking soda or baking powder in the mentioned recipe… ?


    • Shilpa February 12, 2014, 4:38 pm

      Yes it is baking soda, the amount specified in recipe is correct.

  • Renuka March 9, 2014, 1:41 pm

    Just tried this recipe – The cake was just awesome – Thanks for sharing the recipe. Very moist, fluffy and yummy. Personally, I like less sweet – so 1/2 cup sugar should be sufficient for someone who prefers lesser sweet as the dates add to the sweetness as well. Once again – awesome recipe.

  • Ruchi Vaidya March 10, 2014, 8:45 am

    Dear Shilpa,

    Have been following your blog for a couple of years and must add very inspired by how you manage a household, child, career and your passion for cooking so well. I too live in the US and know the drill very well.

    I tried your eggless date cake yesterday and it turned out fabulous!! I did add a couple of more dates to the recipe and added some cardamom powder too.

    Next might tweak and try a 50-50 whole wheat flower and all purpose flour recipe too and try to make it a little more healthy.

    Overall verdict – super hit at my house and my work place!!

    Appreciate all your efforts behind this blog!!


  • NS June 12, 2014, 8:05 pm


    Thank you so much for the recipe.

    1. I bought some baking dates (paste form). Could you please tell me how much of that paste I can add (instead of regular dates)?

    2. Can I use water instead of milk to make it vegan?


    • Shilpa June 13, 2014, 11:31 am

      NS, Not very sure. You could try about 1/4th cup of paste. I would suggest using almond milk or coconut milk. Not sure how water would work

  • ritica July 2, 2014, 8:14 am

    hi.. i had tried ur recipe in an micro oven in convection mode. it came out to be awesome. thank you.

  • Riya July 14, 2014, 8:38 am


    I tried this recipe on weekend and came really really awesome. It got finish in 2 hr.. taste was really awesome. We are traveling next week, so planning to make again and pack it for traveling dessert time.

    **I also started the cake fever here.

    Thank you.

  • Ruchi Gupta July 17, 2014, 5:19 pm

    Hi shilpa, ‘thanks a lot for sharing this recipe. Have tried couple of times and every time it came out prefect. This time I am planning to bake this for my son’a birthday. Could you please provide me the measurement for 40-50 people. I need this urgently.

    • Shilpa July 17, 2014, 9:24 pm

      I would suggest making 4 times of the above quantity

  • jyotsna August 27, 2014, 11:03 pm

    I love this cake. It came out perfectly and tasted great! One of my favorite eggless cake..thanks for sharing the recipe. Made it again for our family get together.

  • Minka November 10, 2014, 5:29 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Thanks much for this awesome recipe . I can’t think of a better way to run through the stock of dates I have . I added almonds also and my son who hates both dates and almonds , consumed them with no problems.

  • cake baker January 8, 2015, 12:42 am

    This sounds wonderful. I have some vegan friends I’d like to make this for, can I substitute almond milk for the milk?

  • Pooja January 16, 2015, 2:47 pm

    I have lost count of the number of times I have baked this cake in the last 5-6 years and always get raving reviews. I have followed the recipe to the ‘t’, but today substituted milk with coconut milk for my vegan friend. The cake came out great! In fact I think I like this one better. :) Thought I would note this down for any of your readers trying to make a vegan version of it.

  • Sowmya January 31, 2015, 5:44 am


    Tried this recipe recently and it turned out fabulous! Definitely recommend this if you are trying to bake different cakes other than the regular chocolate and vanilla.


  • judy February 6, 2015, 2:57 am

    Hello Shilpa! Love your recipes and your blog. Approximately how much do you think 18 dates would weigh? I am assuming not all dates weigh the same, so I think it would help a lot for people like me who obsess about accuracy :D – Thanks a lot.

    • Shilpa February 9, 2015, 10:46 am

      Sorry, I have no idea.I will have to buy the dates and weigh them. I will update when I buy them next time. This recipe is very forgiving, so even if you use little more or less, it works totally fine.

  • Meeru February 10, 2015, 6:31 am

    Tried the date cake recipe

  • Kshama February 13, 2015, 3:06 pm

    What better day for a first time-baker like me, to try this than on Valentine’s eve. It has turned out to be amazing, thanks Shilpa!! We all owe it to you :) I followed the recipe perfectly to the T and I am overjoyed by the outcome. Waiting to surprise my husband, as he is off to work right now. I used a simple preheat microwave and timed it to 7 mins; sharing this as it might prove informative to others.

  • Angela March 5, 2015, 9:23 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! I tried it because my sister is allergic to eggs and we all LOVED it! Now I make it as a special treat for anyone, not just my sister! I find my batter looks a lot thicker than yours does but it still comes out GREAT. Oh and I have substituted almond milk and coconut palm sugar a few times and always great results. Thanks again!

  • thanu March 31, 2015, 3:17 am

    hi shilpa,
    like dis one…i m new to cooking …pls help me in preheating the oven?how to do this…

    • Shilpa March 31, 2015, 5:03 pm

      It means heating the oven for 10mins before keeping the cake batter in it. If you are using microwave to bake cake, then ignore this step

  • sarita April 4, 2015, 12:23 am

    tried this cake. followed step to the T. the cake cooked in 30 minutes in 175 C and crust was dark and well cooked. the centre of cake below crust was not cooked. covered cake with foil and put in another 45 minutes but still that area would not cook. I took out the cake from oven. When cool, I cut the top half and threw away. the bottom half was tasty. any idea why this happened.

    • Shilpa April 4, 2015, 7:33 pm

      Every oven is different. I think it was too hot, so top got burnt. I would suggest baking it at a little lower temperature for a longer time next time. Do not cover the cake

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