One of the most popular posts on this site is the recipe for date and walnut cake. It makes me so happy to receive regular messages from readers to say how much you’ve enjoyed making and sharing this cake.
For those of you who had read the original post, you’ll know that the recipe is one that had been in the family for years and years and one I remember enjoying throughout my childhood. We thought the recipe might have come from an old Marks and Spencers cookery book, but we were wrong. I have recently uncovered the old recipe in one of my maternal grandmothers cookery books. My mum has a small collection of her cookery books and hand written recipes, and I found the original recipe in there just a few weeks ago.
I’m amazed to say that the original recipe actually comes from the Queen Mother at Sandringham. It was apparently her favourite cake. We have family up in North Norfolk, and it would appear that my grandmother may have picked this up on a visit to Sandringham, or a relative might have done and passed it on. How exciting!
Whilst I bring you this news and thank you again for all your comments, I thought I’d bring the recipe up to date in metric for you, with a couple of tweaks, and also to update it in the new format I have over here, with printable recipes for you. I hope you continue to enjoy this recipe and to share your stories with me.