April 30, 2015

Eggless Butterless Date Cardamom Squares

Every happy event in life becomes happier if it ends on a sweet note. And this baking journey all of April, there have been 26 baking posts by the participating members of Baking BM. For me , it’s a personal milestone of having posted 26 baked treats in a row – thank you Valli and the entire Blogging Marathon for a wonderful run this Marathon. It was amazing to see some wonderful bakes which were awe-inspiring. Hope to clear out those bookmarks pretty soon J

From Orange Almond Meal Cake on day 1 to these Eggless Butterless Dates – Cardamom squares today (day 26), its been a sweet journey of learning and sharing. I made it for no other special occasion than to end the baking marathon and here’s raising a toast to all the BMers.

Baking Marathon Day 26 : Dates Cardamom squares (Eggless & Butterless)
Recipe type : Cakes / Tea Cakes
Course: Dessert / Tea cake 
Prep time: 10 mins | Bake time : 22-25 mins
Recipe Inspiration : DIvya’s recipe

  • All Purpose flour – ½ cup
  • Wholewheat flour – ½ cup
  • Cardamom powder – ½ tsp
  • Salt – a pinch (about 1/8 tsp)
  • Baking powder – 1.25 tsp
  • Cashewnuts – 2 TBSP (chopped coarsely)
  • Black dates – pitted – about 25 pieces (you could use normal dates too)
  • Milk – 80 ml
  • Custard powder – 2.5 tsp
  • Brown Sugar – 2/3 cup (powdered)
  • Oil – 1/2 cup
  • Water – 150 ml

  1. Sieve the flours with salt & custard powder. Pit the dates and grind them with, add 150 ml to these dates , whisk well & heat this mixture till it becomes gooey, take it off the fire and add in baking powder and cardamom powder. It would froth quite a bit so take care. Let this mixture cool down.
  2. Into the flour mixture, add cut nuts .. In a separate bowl, mix sugar, oil and milk well. Add this to the flour mixture, along with the cooled date puree.
  3. Fold gently till you get a thickish cake like batter without any dry flour between the folds. Pour into a greased and lined pan, bake on a preheated oven for 25-30 mins (mine was done exactly 27 mins) and a tooth pick comes clean.
  4. Cool on a wire rack, unmould , cut and serve. You may also frost if you wish. I just added a stencil cut icing sugar topping and glazed cherries 


  1. I like the pictures and the presentation. Nice sweet note to end the month long effort.

  2. beautiful clicks... it was a great marathon with so many recipes bookmarked....

  3. Very nice bake to end the marathon with Kalyani..I enjoyed all your bakes and gosh so many to try out now..great job even with all your commitments..Kuods..

  4. Squares are beautifully presentation. Enjoyed all your bakes and it fun doing this BM

  5. That is such a pretty cake. It also sounds very flavorful and delicious too.
    Enjoyed all your bakes during the marathon Kalyani.

  6. That cake looks pretty with that icing sugar pattern. Enjoyed all your bakes during this marathon.

  7. Wow, thats a pretty and very soft squares Kalyani, that icing sugar pattern gives a neat look..Superb.

  8. Beautiful cake to end the marathon with...so glad you could finish the marathon in spite of being so busy. It's been wonderful running this marathon with you, Kalyani.

  9. the sugar pattern looks great. Cake is very inviting.

  10. The stencil idea is really cool. A fitting finale for the month long awesome bakes, Kalyani. It was a pleasure to go through all of them.

  11. Cake looks so pretty and the pattern looks gorgeous and love the idea..

  12. Delectable cake!! I am sure dates and cardamom as paired up very well..


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