queenofheartsnz, Mar 13, 11:34am
~~ Hi folks!I enjoyed a wonderful date and coconut cake at the
old Mezze Cafe corner of Mayoral Drive and Queen Street for
many years.It was a middle eastern recipe and a real winner.
The cake is very moist and not very high - I've scoured many
middle eastern cookbooks and haven't found it . can anyone

cookessentials, Mar 13, 4:11pm
Are you sure it's not Armenian nutmeg cake! moist and spicy !

cookessentials, Mar 13, 4:13pm
Here is the recipe I posted a couple of years ago.
1 1/2 cups soft brown sugar; 2 cups plain flour; 2 tsp baking powder;
125g firm butter, chopped into pieces; 2 cups of new season walnuts roughly chopped
(I threw them into the food processor and pulsed till roughly chopped)
1 cup milk; 1 tspn baking soda;1 large or 2 small eggs ( I used two eggs)
1 generous tspn freshly ground nutmeg (I used about 1 and a bit heaped tspn)

Pre-heat oven to 175c.

Lightly butter and flour 23cm round tin ( I used a springform tin)
Put brown sugar, flour baking powder and butter into processor
and whizz till it resembles fine crumbs.
Take 2 cups of mixture and press firmly into bottom of prepared tin,
sprinkle the walnuts evenly over the top.
Add the nutmeg to the remaining crumbed mixture still in processor.
Beat the milk, eggs and soda together
and slowly add to processor with motor running to make a smooth batter.
Pour batter over crumbled mix in tin.

Bake 45 mins until cake is springy.
Cool 10 mins before turning out. Dust with icing sugar when cold

indy95, Mar 13, 10:50pm
The cake you have described sounds like Lumberjack Cake to me. I don't think I have the recipe but I'm sure someone will have it.

indy95, Mar 13, 11:16pm
Queenofheartsnz,I didn't read your original post properly and I don't think Lumberjack Cake is what you are looking for but there are many versions of Armenian Date Cake available online. It sounds really good and I would like to add a recipe to my ever-expanding collection too.

petal1955, Mar 14, 11:15pm

queenofheartsnz, Mar 17, 12:11am
Dear Cookessentials, Indy95 and Petal1955!EUREKA!Yesssss!
Thanks to Petal1955.This is the exact recipe I was after!Thanks so
much!It is best served with a bigdollop of plain Greek yoghurt or
creme fraiche on the side with perfectly compliments the cake.As for
the Armenian Date Cake . I've made this cake many times over the years and it's always a winner.Being Canadian . you would think I'd have
heard of Lumberjack cake eh!I shall look it up Indy and give it a whirl or
is that a whizz!Many thanks ladies!Much obliged!:-)

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