STICKY DATE CAKE WITH TOFFEE SAUCE
- 1 hour cooking time
Preheat oven to 180C/165 fan/gas mark 4.
Grease a cake tin (7cm deep, 22cm diameter base) and line the base with baking paper.
Soak dates and bicarbonate of soda in boiling water. Leave it uncovered for 20 minutes or until dates are tender.
Using an electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Using a large spoon, stir in date mixture and flour. Mix until well combined.
Spoon the mixture into the cake tin. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Rest for 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack.
Stir the butter, cream and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, until the sugar is dissolved. Let it boil and cook for 8–10 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly.
Serve the sauce hot with the date cake warm or at room temperature. Serves 6-8.