Friday 3 October 2014

Rum and Date Cake with Caramel Sauce

I won't tell you how much caramel sauce I licked of spoons, pans and fingers... but it was a lot. Happy days.

Rum and Date Cake with Caramel Sauce
adapted from Donna Hay

For the Cake:
100g (3/4 cups) mejool dates, roughly chopped
70g (1/2 cup) prunes, roughly chopped
90ml (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) boiling water
60ml (1/4 cup) rum
Pinch of salt
1 scant teaspoon baking soda, sifted
110g (3/4 cup) self-raising flour, sifted
100g (1/2 cup) brown sugar
115g unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs

For the Caramel Sauce:
50g unsalted butter
Pinch of salt
115g (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) brown sugar
130g (1/4 cup) golden syrup
125ml (1/2 cup) pouring cream
30ml (2 tablespoons) rum

Make the Cake:
Preheat the oven to 160C. Grease a 1 litre bundt pan with cooking oil spray. Set aside.

Place the dates and prunes in a blender. Pour in the boiling water and baking soda. Leave for 10 minutes, then blitz to a puree.

Mix the flour and sugar together in a bowl to combine. Add the butter, vanilla, eggs and date mixture and mix well. Spoon into the prepared bundt pan and bak for 30 - 35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, before turning out to a wire rack to cool.

Make the Caramel Sauce:
Put the butter, salt, sugar, golden syrup, cream and rum into a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Swirl the pan until the sugar dissolves, then stop swirling and bring to the boil. Cook for a further 8 - 10 minutes until thickened. Allow the sauce to cool for 10 minutes before pouring over the cake to serve.


  1. Looovveee date cake! So you add rum and caramel sauce? YUMMM!

  2. Holy Moly! Everything I love in cake form!

  3. Oh those drips of caramel. mmmmmmm........
    This looks like exactly the cake my dad would love. Heaped with a scoop of ice cream and whipped cream of course ;)

  4. Hi there, just stopped by to let you know that you've been featured over at Carole's Chatter today. Cheers

  5. Hahaha... that's the cook's treat, right? Just cleaning up so, uh, there's less waste! Love the combo of date, caramel and rum. It's sticky date but in a prettier, slightly more elegant package. I really need to buy myself a bundt tin... xx

  6. How ridiculously delicious is this!!!! Caramel drizzle wins friends, that's for sure. Love the addition of rum as well... it's a good cake made better. I need to buy myself a bundt.

  7. Oh that dripping caramel is making my mouth water. Yum!