The Queen Elizabeth cake is a very decadent cake that is very popular with Canadians and by no means is it low cal! It apparently was really popular in the 1950s around the time of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation when it was also really popular to name dishes after the monarchy.
I was given this recipe from a lady I met in passing years ago at a neighbourhood potluck dinner. She brought this cake and I had never had anything like it and I just recently learned my Mom used to make this cake too.
The cake itself has dates and walnuts making it super flavourful, but the sweetly toasted coconut topping is what really puts it over the top. Always get lots of compliments with this one.
Queen Elizabeth Cake
Queen Elizabeth Cake Base
- 1 cup dates
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup cream
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add dates to a small saucepan and pour boiling water over the dates and let simmer on low heat until softened and blended well. Set aside to add to cake mixture.
- Add butter to medium-sized bowl and cream with a hand mixer until well blended.
- Add sugar and beat into butter until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs one at a time blending after each addition.
- Fold date mixture, walnuts, and vanilla into butter mixture and stir evenly with a large spoon or spatula.
- In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt.
- Gradually add in flour mixture to date mixture stirring after each addition. Stir until well blended but do not over mix.
- Pour into a pre-greased 9 x 13 rectangular or round spring-form pan. Bake for about 35 or 40 minutes or until toothpick is tested dry.
- Preheat the broiler.
- Add the butter to a saucepan and melt on medium heat. Once melted add cream, brown sugar, and coconut and stir to combine. Continue to simmer the ingredients to allow the sugar to melt and carmelize.
- Once topping mixture melted and caramelized, pour topping over the cake and spread evenly across the top of cake from edge to edge.
- Place cake in the oven on the centre rack under the broiler for about 5 minutes to get just a light golden colour. Keep an eye on this toasting process so it doesn't burn!
- Once you have reached a golden tone, remove from oven and let cool before serving.