Date Cake with Coconut and Pecan Drizzle Topping ~~ Queen Elizabeth Cake
Hot coconut and pecan drizzle tops off this Queen Elizabeth Cake...
If you only try one of my dessert recipes, this is the one to try. It is sensational. I did not create it so really do not have the bragging rights to it but it is a whole lot of exciting things happening in one little bit of goodness.
This recipe was emailed to me about five years ago by a cousin of mine who lives in Maine. We were having a family reunion and she was unable to attend. But she remembered this recipe from the days when she and her family came to visit us in Virginia. She said she remembered it as a favorite from those days.
As I was preparing to make it this morning, I was thinking how it is funny what we remember from our childhood. I have no memory of this dessert but I do remember the yeast rolls Mother would make. Any way let me not digress.
The texture of this dessert is really more of bar texture than cake-like to me. It is a bit chewy and in each bite there is a little burst of the nutty date flavor.
the Queen and the cake
What does Queen Elizabeth have to do with it? I looked it up on line and found out that this is reported to be the only cake that the Queen actually prepares herself. I truthfully did not read the recipe on line as I wanted to use the one my cousin had sent without being influenced by any I might see.
As a matter of fact, until my cousin sent me this recipe, I had no idea there was such a cake.
A Little Secret
Something you will like to know; it freezes nicely for up to three weeks for sure. It probably will be fine for the fourth or fifth week as long as the freezing bags or containers are top quality.
Family Is a Relative Thing
When I was told as a very young girl that our family is related to Queen Elizabeth I thought that was pretty cool.
Supposedly some thirteenth cousin or some such distant kinship. Of course when I told my friends at school, they all said that it was impossible. If our family was related to her, we would be rich. And we were not.Not in terms of money but no ones life was richer than ours I did watch excitedly on June 2, 1953, when the Coronation was on tv ---I watched in my neighbor's home as she had a tv and we did not. All these years later I have not researched to see if we were related and if so how the ancestral tree's limbs included us if at all. Why? Because really it does not matter to me. I know it is nice to know our family tree and all. But truthfully it just is not that important to me. Maybe one day I will research it and if I do, you will read about my findings in a hub here on HubPages.
- 1 cup water, boiling
- 1 cup dates, chopped
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup butter, applesauce can be substituted
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached, unbromated flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- to prepare cooked topping
- 5 tablespoons brown sugar
- 5 tablespoons milk or cream, I used skim milk
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup pecans chopped
Tender, a slight crunch, and overflowing with flavor....
- Grease a 9x12 pan and set aside. Preheat oven to 350. Place one cup boiling water, dates, and baking soda in a pan large enough for some expansion to occur. Stir. Set aside.
- Place butter and sugar in mixing bowl. Mix well. Add egg and mix until smooth.
- Sift flour and baking powder into the wet mixture.
- Add date mixture. Mix well.
- Pour into baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan.
- For the topping: Mix butter, milk, brown sugar, and coconut in pan over medium heat. Stir until bubbly and frothy and watch so it does not burn.
- Drizzle over cake and spread to even coat. Cut into small squares; you should get about 24. A small taste is a perfect ending to a meal or a great accompaniment to a glass of milk or a cup of tea.
|Serving size: 1 small square|
|Calories from Fat||18|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 2 g||3%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Carbohydrates 25 g||8%|
|Sugar 15 g|
|Fiber 1 g||4%|
|Protein 2 g||4%|
|Cholesterol 45 mg||15%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
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