Cereal Date Streusel Cake

Recently, I’ve been asked to develop a recipe for Nestlé, the recipe utilizing their cereal flakes.

The first thing that comes to my mind when cereals are mentioned is something simple and homey, wholesome, nutritious and worthy to be packed into kids’ lunchboxes. To meet all these requirements I’ve come up with the following recipe.

Makes one 8-inch (20 cm) square cake, about 12 servings

For the streusel:

  • ½ cup (60 g) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (55 g) packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp (55 g) cold unsalted butter cut into ½-inch (1 cm) cubes

For the cake:

  • 1 ½ cups (250 g) coarsely chopped dates (my first choice is always Medjool, but a less expensive variety will work as well)
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup (110 g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (55 g) whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup (55 g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup (240 ml) buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) honey
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups (100 g) multigrain cereal flakes (like Nestlé Honey Oats and More cereals)
  • ½ cup (55 g) coarsely chopped toasted walnuts (optional)

Make the streusel:

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add the cubes of cold butter and work them into the flour using a pastry blender or your fingers (my preference here) until the mixture is crumbly and holds together when compressed. Squeeze it into several pieces, cover and refrigerate until the cake is ready to be baked. The streusel can be made a couple of days in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

Make the cake:

Center an oven rack and preheat the oven to 350F (180 C). Lightly spray an 8-inch (20 cm) square cake pan with oil and line the pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

Place the coarsely chopped dates into a medium non-reactive saucepan. Zest the orange and add the zest to the saucepan. Juice the orange into a liquid measuring cup. Add enough water to come up to 1½ (360 ml) cups. Pour over the dates. Add the lemon juice, honey, salt, and cinnamon stick. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture comes to a simmer. Continue cooking, still stirring once in a while, until the dates are very soft and the mixture is thick (jam-like consistency), about 15 minutes. You should get about 1 1/3 cups (315 ml) of date mixture. Discard the cinnamon stick, transfer to a bowl and cool to room temperature before proceeding further. You can place the bowl into a cold water bath to cool the mixture faster.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, light brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Add the buttermilk, oil, honey, eggs, and vanilla extract to the date mixture in the bowl. Whisk until well combined. Pour over the dry ingredients in the large bowl. Using a wooden spoon or silicone spatula, mix just until combined and no flour visible. Stir in the cereal flakes and chopped nuts (if using). Transfer the mixture into the prepared cake pan. Scatter the streusel topping evenly over the top, breaking it into hazelnut-size pieces. Place the cake pan onto a baking sheet and slide into the oven.

Bake the cake for 45 to 50 minutes, until the streusel is golden brown and a tooth pick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Transfer to the cooling rack to cool completely. Although, I must say the cake is also delicious warm with a glass of cold milk.
If wrapped airtight, the cake will stay moist and quite delicious for a couple of days. Store the cake at room temperature.

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28 Responses to “Cereal Date Streusel Cake”

  1. Ooh my I love dades! I’ve baked datescake many times. It’s a caribean cake which called Bolo di dadel (datescake) and it’s sooo goood! It’s one of my favorite cakes.

    How cool that Nestle asked you to develop a recipe for them! You did a good job…love the ingredients!

    xxx Bar.

  2. This looks fabulous. I have a ton of dates to use anyway – perfect!

    Cheers,

    *heather*

  3. The cake looks so nice and dense!

  4. Yum!! This looks so good & loving that crumb topping!

  5. what a hearty and delicious-looking cake! i was just having a conversation with a co-worker about how “streusel” is a flag word–if it’s present in a recipe, i want to make and eat it. :)

  6. Je dirais “miam” ou “yummy” !!!

  7. what a delicious creation. And that is toooo awesome that you were asked to develop a recipe for Nestle

  8. Congratulations on being asked by Nestle! WOW!
    And this cake looks great, I love anything dates :)

  9. Fabulous and so tempting! An awesome treat!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  10. Ooooh – that looks delicious!! I love snack cakes like this! Perfect with a tall glass of milk :)

  11. i love dates in cake, you make it as delicious as it can be!

  12. This looks delicious, an ideal cake to take to work for morning coffee.

  13. What a georgous looking cake! I want a pice of it right now,…please?

  14. YUM Vera. Nestle is in safe & creative hands! Looks GOOD to me!!

  15. Thank you all, very much for such kind comments! I appreciate it greatly!

  16. This looks and sounds really tasty! Love your photographs ^^

    Greetings Gonny

  17. I’ve added your site to my blogroll by the way…I hope you don’t mind :)

  18. There’s something special about dates in cakes, if you like dates that is. Well, we love it (and get plenty of it here) so I know this one has to be as good as it looks.

  19. Mmmmm… you can pack my lunch box ANYTIME! These sound delicious, and how cool is that to be asked to design a recipe?

    Kate

  20. just found your blog thru a google search. omg! i LOVE it. beautiful photos too!

  21. How cool, developing recipes for Nestlé! You go girl! The cake looks delicious and I’m sure it has an awesome flavour!!!

  22. You sure did do a good job. This looks like it would be great with a cup of coffee or tea… or packed in a lunchbag!

  23. I have a huge bag of dates in my pantry. I think I now know what to do with it!

  24. Thank you, everybody, for your kind words!

    BakedwithLove, thank you for the link. Sure I don’t mind :)

  25. I love streusel topped desserts. This looks delicious!

  26. Vera, this looks so good. I am going to make this for my grandson to have as a snack. As always your photos are wonderful!

  27. My favorite picture is the one with the streusel wrapped like a little package. So adorable!

  28. this cake must be delicious. I love dates . Wish to try it :)

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