Chocolate Caramel Cake Recipe

Sticky Date Cake

Drizzle this moist cake with a warm caramel sauce as a sweet dessert for guests.

15 min. prep time
8 servings
242 Ratings



1 (8-ounce) package chopped dates
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt


1 cup firmly packed brown sugar


Heat oven to 350°F.

Place dates into bowl; add boiling water. Set aside.

Combine sugar and 1/4 cup butter in another bowl; beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour, baking powder and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed. Stir in date mixture until well mixed.

Pour batter into greased 9-inch round baking pan. (Batter will be thin.) Bake 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Poke top of hot cake 10-15 times with fork.

Melt 1/3 cup butter in 1-quart saucepan. Add brown sugar and 1/3 cup whipping cream; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil. Boil 1 minute.

Pour 1/4 cup sauce over top of warm cake. Serve cake warm with remaining sauce, if desired.

Recipe Tip

Always use the pan size specified in a recipe. A pan too large will result in a thin, dry cake. A pan too small will not be large enough to hold the batter as it expands during baking and the cake will overflow in the oven. To substitute a different pan, check to make sure it holds the same volume as the pan called for in the recipe. For example, in this recipe an 8-inch square baking pan may be substituted for the 9-inch round baking pan.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 460

Fat: 17g

Cholesterol: 75mg

Sodium: 270mg

Carbohydrates: 76g

Dietary Fiber: 3g

Protein: 4g

Recipe #12195©2002Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

The poster who said that the dates were overpowering in the cake.....well hello the name of the recipe is Sticky DATE cake. This cake was moist and delicious. My husband is a date fan and he loved it..
Thanks for a great yummy recipe...
This one was not a hit. The dates are overpowering in the cake. However, the sauce that you make to drizzle over the cake is good and I will use it again on something else.

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