Orange Date Pound Cake

  • Prep Time: 15 min. Bake Time: 70 min. + (time to cool)
  • 12-16 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened (just leave it out overnight if you can)
  • 3 cups brown sugar, divided (white sugar is okay too, brown gives a rich color to the finished product)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon shaved orange peel, divided
  • 3 cups all-purpose baking flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1&1/3 cups buttermilk
  • 1 pound chopped dates (chop in half, then in 3rds)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (you can also use walnuts if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, whip butter and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one.
  3. Beat in 2 teaspoons of the shaved orange peel.
  4. Combine flour and baking soda together, then add to the creamed mixture, alternating with buttermilk. Beat well, until smooth after each addition.
  5. Stir in dates and pecans.
  6. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. bundt cake pan. You can also use rectangular pound cake pans if you prefer.
  7. Bake at 325° for 70-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
  8. In a small mixing bowl, combine the orange juice, and remaining sugar and shaved orange peel, until blended. Drizzle over the cake while warm.warm cake.