Date-Ginger Cake

Feel free to use fresh or ground ginger to spice up this date and ginger cake recipe. Either tastes wonderful when paired with sweet dates and a tangy orange topping in this unique cake idea.

Date-Ginger Cake
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 cup all purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • cup butter or margarine, softened

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 1 egg

  • ½ cup orange or lemon yogurt

  • 2 tablespoon milk

  • 1 cup pitted whole dates, snipped

  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • Orange Sauce (see recipe)

Orange Sauce

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 2 ½ teaspoon cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)

  • ¼ teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

  • ¾ cup orange juice

  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine


  1. Grease and flour and 8x8x2-inch baking pan; set aside. Stir together the 1 cup flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a small bowl; set aside.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degree F oven. Place softened butter or margarine and ginger in a medium mixing bowl; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg; beat well. Stir in yogurt and milk.

  3. Add flour mixture, beating on low to medium speed until combined. Toss dates with 2 tablespoons flour and fold into batter. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool slightly (about 30 minutes) in pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Serve with warm Orange Sauce. Makes 9 servings.

Orange Sauce

  1. Stir sugar, cornstarch, grated fresh ginger or ground ginger, and finely shredded orange peel in a small saucepan. Stir in orange juice. Cook and stir over medium heat till mixture is thickened and bubbly; cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove pan from heat. Stir in butter or margarine, cut up, until melted. Cover pan and cool slightly. Serve warm. Makes about 1 cup.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

277 Calories
9g Fat
48g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Calories 277
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 176mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 10mg 50%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.