date and walnut loaf cake with cream cheese icing

Old Fashioned Date And Walnut Loaf Cake Recipe

This is a simple quick bread recipe for an old-fashioned date and walnut loaf cake with cream cheese icing that is quick to prepare and uses a few ingredients.

This old-fashioned date and walnut loaf cake recipe with cream cheese frosting is super tasty and makes a wonderful addition to for any celebration including the holidays. Every bite will be a wild experience of crunchy walnuts combined with the delicious flavors of the cream cheese frosting this loaf brings.

I’ve been making this classic old-fashioned date nut quick bread for many years, I love how easily all the ingredients come together to give a deliciously moist and soft loaf cake with lots of flavors. The dates add delicate notes of toffee flavor to this cake.

The Best Old-fashioned Date and Walnut Loaf Cake With Cream Cheese Icing

You might be thinking that this title is a bold statement for this quick bread, well it is, and this is the best old-fashioned date walnut loaf cake with the best cream cheese icing you will ever have, hands down! Rich in flavor and texture, this walnut and date quick bread is made using honey, pitted dates, eggs, brown sugar, and butter, topped with a sweet creamy cream cheese frosting, all of these ingredients come together creating the best amazing cake.

Let’s make this old-fashioned date and walnut loaf cake recipe with cream cheese frosting!

Date & Walnut Loaf Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients For Old-Fashioned Date And Walnut Loaf Cake

  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates (155 grams)
  • 1/4 cup butter (57 grams)
  • 3/4 cup boiling water (180 grams)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (180 grams)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (6 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (4.7 grams)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten (100 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (5 grams)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (160 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons honey (60 grams)
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts (120 grams)

Ingredients For Cream Cheese Icing

  • 4 tablespoons full-fat cream cheese (60 grams)
  • 5 teaspoons unsalted butter (25 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (2.5 grams)
  • 1 cup icing sugar (120 grams)
  • pinch of salt (1 gram)

How To Make Old-fashioned Date Nut Loaf Cake?

  1. In a large bowl combine dates, butter, and boiling water, and let it stand for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F or 175°C.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt, and set aside.
  4. Add eggs, vanilla, brown sugar, and honey to the date mixture, and mix well.
  5. Stir in the walnuts and flour until just combined.
  6. Pour into a greased 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  7. Bake for 55 – 65 minutes.
  8. Once the cake is ready remove it from the and allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it over onto a cooling rack.
  9. Cool completely before slicing.
  10. Prepare the cream cheese icing: Using a hand mixer or stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the cream cheese and butter into the mixing bowl and beat until the mixture becomes creamy and smooth about 3 minutes.
  11. Change the paddle attachment with the balloon whisk, add the vanilla extract, pinch of salt, and half the icing sugar and beat on low speed for 2 minutes. Then add the remaining icing sugar and mix still on low speed for 1 minute, then increase the speed to high and beat for 3 minutes.
  12. Once the date and walnut loaf is completely cooled down, spread the cream cheese frosting over the top of the cake and sprinkle with some chopped walnuts.
  13. Enjoy!
date and walnut loaf cake with cream cheese icing

Old Fashioned Date And Walnut Loaf Cake

This old-fashioned date and walnut loaf cake recipe with cream cheese frosting is super tasty and makes a wonderful addition to breakfast or brunch. Every bite will be a wild experience of crunchy walnuts combined with the delicious flavors and cream cheese frosting this loaf brings.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 slices
Calories 300 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • FOR OLD-FASHIONED DATE AND WALNUT LOAF CAKE
  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates 155 grams
  • 1/4 cup butter 57 grams
  • 3/4 cup boiling water 180 grams
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 180 grams
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 6 grams
  • 1 teaspoon salt 4.7 grams
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten (100 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 grams
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar 160 grams
  • 3 tablespoons honey 60 grams
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts 120 grams
  • FOR CREAM CHEESE ICING
  • 4 tablespoons full-fat cream cheese 60 grams
  • 5 teaspoons unsalted butter 25 grams
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2.5 grams
  • 1 cup icing sugar 120 grams
  • pinch of salt 1 gram

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl combine dates, butter, and boiling water, and let it stand for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F or 175°C.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, and salt, and set aside.
  • Add eggs, vanilla, brown sugar, and honey to the date mixture, and mix well.
  • Stir in the walnuts and flour until just combined.
  • Pour into a greased 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  • Bake for 55 – 65 minutes.
  • Once the cake is ready remove it from the and allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it over onto a cooling rack.
  • Cool completely before slicing.
  • Prepare the cream cheese icing: Using a hand mixer or stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the cream cheese and butter into the mixing bowl and beat until the mixture becomes creamy and smooth about 3 minutes.
  • Change the paddle attachment with the balloon whisk, add the vanilla extract, pinch of salt, and half the icing sugar and beat on low speed for 2 minutes. Then add the remaining icing sugar and mix still on low speed for 1 minute, then increase the speed to high and beat for 3 minutes.
  • Once the date and walnut loaf is completely cooled down, spread the cream cheese frosting over the top of the cake and sprinkle with some chopped walnuts.
  • Enjoy!
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