This Queen Elizabeth Cake recipe has been in my family for decades. It's probably one of the most unique cakes you will ever have. I had to look this one up but apparently, this cake is named after Queen Elizabeth II. Go figure.
It may have originated in 1953 for the coronation of Elizabeth II, and another account holds that it was invented for the 1937 coronation of King George VI and the Queen Mother Queen Elizabeth.
💭 What are Dates
A date is a sweet fruit used in a variety of recipes. They also provide a wide variety of essential nutrients. Besides being a very good source of Potassium, dates also provide protein and fiber.
If you love dates, you must try my Date Squares recipe. They were one of my dad's favorite desserts when I was growing up. Super easy to make and super delicious.
🥜 Nut Allergies
This recipe may contain peanuts or other nuts and seeds as one of its ingredients. Please take the appropriate precautions.
While you are here I suggest you check out all my other delicious Canadian Recipes. Some of the recipes are new while others are well over 50 years old but they all originated in Canada.
For more great recipes with Dates, I suggest you check these recipes out:
📋 Gather your Ingredients
You will need the following ingredients to make this Queen Elizabeth Cake recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Dates, Unsalted Butter, White Sugar, Eggs, Olive Oil, All Purpose Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Salt, Vanilla Extract, Walnuts Light Brown Sugar, Milk and Shredded Coconut.
🥣 How to make Queen Elizabeth Cake
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Pour boiling water over the dates and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar, add eggs, then dates including water. Add the rest of the ingredients including the walnuts and mix them together.
Pour into greased baking pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
Boil all frosting ingredients for 3 minutes over medium heat. When the cake is done take out of the oven and spread the frosting mixture over the cake. Put the cake back in the oven for 10 minutes at 375°F degrees until brown.
Queen Elizabeth Cake
- Cake Pan
- 1 Cup Dates , Chopped
- 1 Cup Water, boiling
- ¼ Cup Unsalted Butter
- 1 Cup White Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- ½ Cup Olive Oil
- 1 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour, Sifted
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ½ Cup Walnuts, Chopped
- 3 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
- 5 tablespoon Light Brown Sugar
- 2-3 tablespoon Milk
- ½ Cup Coconut, Shredded
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Pour boiling water over dates and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar, add eggs, then dates including water. Add the rest of the ingredients including the walnuts and mix together.
- Pour into greased baking pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
- Boil all frosting ingredients for 3 minutes over medium heat. When cake is done take out of oven and spread frosting mixture over cake. Put cake back in oven for 10 minutes at 375°F degrees until brown.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.
Please specify pan size.
I use a 9-inch pan for this cake. A round one to be specific. The batter will fill it to the brim.
Do you let the date/water cool down before adding it to the flour mixture?
Just the time it takes to cream the butter, sugar and eggs but letting it cool longer will not hurt anything. Enjoy!
I used a 9×9 glass pan and it turned out perfect.
Beautiful and moist cake. My husband and neighbour love it so much. In future I might double the topping.
Do they have to dried dates ?
I would love to make this cake, however, can I make make these as individual small cake to give away as gifts
and if you can recommend would i need to change anything.
The only thing I would suggest is watching the cook times. Depending on how small your pans are they may require less time to bake. Enjoy!