How to Bake a Queen Elizabeth Cake

Two Parts:Baking the CakeTopping it Off

The following cake recipe is rumored to be a favorite of Queen Elizabeth II. This cake uses dates and walnuts to make a rich tasting cake that's topped with a coconut brown sugar topping.



  • 1 cup dates, chopped
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped, optional


Part 1
Baking the Cake

  1. 1
    Preheat oven to 350 °F (177 °C).
  2. 2
    Spray an 8-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. 3
    Add dates, boiling water and baking soda to a mixing bowl. Mix to combine and then let stand.
  4. 4
    Add the butter and sugar to a mixing bowl. Cream until light and fluffy.
  5. 5
    Stir in the vanilla.
  6. 6
    Sift flour, baking powder and salt in another bowl.
  7. 7
    Add the dry ingredients alternately with the date mixture to the butter mixture. Do this in two batches.
  8. 8
    Fold in the chopped walnuts, if using.
  9. 9
    Bake cake 30 minutes.

Part 2
Topping it Off

  1. 1
    Add the butter, brown sugar and cream to a saucepan. Bring to a boil stirring constantly.
  2. 2
    Add the coconut and stir to combine.
  3. 3
    Spread topping over cake.
  4. 4
    Broil topping until golden and bubbly. Keep an eye on the cake so the topping does not burn.
  5. 5
    Cut cake into squares.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Spoon
  • Cake pan
  • Saucepan

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