Queen Elizabeth Cake Recipe

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Dead easy! Some people say to make this cake a day or two in advance before serving.

Number of servings: 9 to 12 slices

Estimated Prep Time: 25 minutes

Estimated Cooking Time: 35 minutes Cooking at: 350 F / 180 C / Gas Mark 4



Grease an 8 x 8 inch (20 x 20 cm) cake tin.

Pour boiling water over dates. Stir in baking soda, set aside.

Beat in a large bowl: shortening, the white sugar, egg and vanilla until fluffy and light. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.

To the shortening mixture, alternately add the dates and the flour, mixing each in well. When those are all in, fold in the nuts.

Transfer to cake tin. Bake until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean, and cake is brown (about 30 minutes.) Let cake cool for half an hour.

Meanwhile, mix the butter, brown sugar, coconut and cream together.

When the cake has cooled for half an hour, spread the topping on it, then put under grill or broiler (about 4 to 6 inches / 10 to 15 cm from the heat) for a few minutes until browned lightly, then remove. If desired, sprinkle with a bit more coconut and chopped nuts. Let cool.

Freezes well.

Recipe notes

For the nuts, try walnuts or pecans.

The story behind this recipe...

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    Queen Elizabeth Cake is a Canadian white cake, made rich by the generous addition of dates and nuts. It's frosted with a butter, sugar, coconut and cream frosting.
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