This Salted Maple Date Cake was inspired by an old recipe I found in a family cookbook. About ten years ago, I assembled favorite family recipes from my mother’s side of the family into a cookbook, which I gifted to everyone for Christmas that year. This year, I’ve been revisiting a lot of those recipes, especially baked goods, and I discovered an old-fashioned date coffee cake recipe.
My mom loves dates, and she was thrilled to enjoy a recipe from her childhood. Over the past few months, I began tweaking the recipe, playing with additions and substitutions. The whole time, I had my mom in mind, so I continued to play with some of her favorite foods and flavors, until I landed on this final version. Maple and pecans are two ingredients that immediately make me think of my mom, and sure enough, this Salted Maple Date Cake was a winner!
Most of the sweetness in the cake itself comes naturally from the dates, but the addition of a small amount of brown sugar gives the cake moisture. The original recipe did not have a glaze, but it’s what sends this version over the top with flavor. It also gives this cake a flair of fall seasonality, making it the perfect cake to celebrate my mom’s birthday this week.
The only thing my mom and I haven’t decided is whether this cake is a coffee cake to enjoy at breakfast, or if it’s a dessert. I’ll leave that up to you to decide! I’m sure my mom would tell you that she’ll eat it any time of day, especially on her birthday!
Original publication date: November 12, 2020
Salted Maple Date Cake combines old-fashioned recipe inspiration with modern flavors for an autumn treat to enjoy any time of day!
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