Chocolate-Date Cake with Chocolate Sticky Toffee Glaze


Ingredients: 230 gr. (about 1 cup) water,330 gr. (11,6 ounces) whole Medjool dates, pitted, plus 4 more, pitted and halved, for garnish,100 gr. (3,6 ounces) chopped Medjool dates,3 tablespoons brandy + 1 tablespoon rum,2 tablespoons strong-brewed coffee,4 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder,200 gr (1 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour,3/4 teaspoon salt,1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or more,130 gr. (9 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan,120 gr. (4,3 ounces)) packed dark-brown sugar,120 gr. (4,3 ounces)) packed dark-brown sugar,3 large eggs,1 teaspoons baking soda,110 gr. (5 ounces) bittersweet chocolate (66% cacao), coarsely chopped,50 gr. (3 1/2 tablespoons) unsalted butter,60 gr. (full 1/4 cup) packed dark-brown sugar,60 gr. (full 1/4 cup) packed dark-brown sugar,1 tablespoon water,Pinch of salt,80 gr. (1/3 cup) cream,100 gr. (3,6 ounces) bittersweet chocolate (66% cacao), finely chopped,2 tablespoons brandy

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F) degrees. Butter a 21 cm (8,3 or 9 inch) round cake pan. Line with parchment, and butter.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Meanwhile, combine dates, brandy, coffee, and 2 tablespoons cocoa in a heatproof bowl. Stir in boiling water.
  3. Let cool, stirring occasionally. Puree cooled date mixture in a food processor (you should have about 2 1/2 cups).
  4. Place puree in a large bowl.
  5. Whisk flour, salt, cinnamon, and remaining 2 tablespoons cocoa in a bowl. Beat butter and dark-brown sugar with a mixer on medium speed until fluffy.
  6. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition (batter will look curdled). Stir baking soda into reserved uncovered date puree. On low speed, beat flour mixture into egg mixture in 2 additions, alternating with the date mixture.
  7. Beat in chocolate and chopped dates.
  8. Transfer batter to prepared pan, and smooth top.
  9. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 1 hour.
  10. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Run a knife around edge of pan to loosen, and invert cake onto rack.
  11. Remove parchment, turn cake right side up, and let cool completely. (Cake can be wrapped in plastic and stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.)


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