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date and walnut cake

It was Thanksgiving yesterday. We're still getting used to the holiday coming around so much earlier than it does in the states, but who am I to say no to pumpkin pies and baked goods in October? So I thought I'd bake something to get us in the Thanksgiving spirit.

There are definite perks when it comes to product photography, especially when that product is food! Because I do a majority of my work from home, my clients always leave me with way more product to shoot than I would ever need in case I ran out. This time around, I was left with tons of the most delicious Medjoul dates I shot for a company that grew them. I sought out a recipe on Pinterest for our Thanksgiving treat using the leftovers. This cake was the perfect choice—super tasty and moist. I wanted to make a pretty bundt cake, but instead, used a simpler cake pan. It ended up looking like a huge modern donut. All about it ;)

date and walnut cake
date and walnut cake
date and walnut cake
date and walnut cake

DATE + WALNUT CAKE

Serves 8-10

ingredients

1 cup pitted and chopped Medjoul dates
1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsps ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup sour cream

directions

Place your chopped dates in a bowl and pour boiling water. Let them soak while you mix other ingredients.

Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Set aside

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla extract until combined.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Add the flour mixture, yogurt and sour cream to your butter mixture and mix until smooth.

Fold in dates and walnuts.

Grease a cake pan and pour your batter in. Bake until toothpick comes out clean, about 50 minutes.

Let cool and dust with powdered sugar.

(Adapted from this recipe)