Queen Elizabeth Cake

If you are looking for a delicious moist cake, try this Queen Elizabeth cake. A date nut cake, this sweet delight will be the first to disappear from the dessert table. Garnished with pecan halves and maraschino cherries, this cake is a perfect holiday dessert.

Urban legend has it that this is the only cake that Queen Elizabeth actually made herself. According to the legend, the Queen requested that the date nut cake recipe not be passed on but sold to benefit the church.

Whether the legend is true or not, this homemade cake recipe is certainly fit for a queen (or king).

Queen Elizabeth Cake Recipe


  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Pecan halves
  • Maraschino cherries


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 x 4 x 3-inch loaf pan.

2. Combine water, dates and baking soda. Stir well. Let stand for 15 minutes.

3. In a large bowl, with mixer set at medium speed, cream 1/4 cup butter. Gradually add 1 cup granulated sugar, beating well. Add egg and beat well.

4. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed butter mixture alternately with date mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix after each addition. Stir in vanilla and chopped pecans. Pour batter into prepared baking pan.

5. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes (cake will not test done). Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan and place on a serving plate.

6. In a small sauce pan, combine brown sugar, cream and 2 tablespoons butter. Stir well. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Pour over cake. Let cool completely. Garnish with pecan halves and maraschino cherries. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.

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