Easy & Delicious Coffee Cake

This date cake is a simple coffee cake with a wonderful flavor and unique broiled topping. I made this for my brother who said it was the best cake he’s ever eaten. Even people who dislike raisins LOVED this cake. This cake is simple and delicious.


Easy & Delicious Coffee Cake


  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 ½ cups raisins
  • ¾ cup dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9-inch square pan.

Combine water and raisins in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, then stir in chopped dates and baking soda. Set aside.

Cream together white sugar and butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Add flour, salt, and date mixture; mix until combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Remove cake from the oven.

Set the oven to broil. Meanwhile, make the topping: Melt butter in a small saucepan; stir in brown sugar, walnuts, and cream until combined. Spread mixture over warm cake.

Place cake under preheated broiler and cook until top is lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Rotate cake as needed for even browning; watch carefully as the top can burn quickly under the broiler.


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