Dates and Chocolate Cake

This Saturday, we Jews will celebrate the holiday of Tu Bi’Shvat, the so-called New Year of trees.
In the ancient Jewish state, this day was celebrated because it marked the boundary between two agricultural years and the time when plants begin to bloom in Israel.
In the 16th century, it became the custom to celebrate Tu Bi Shvat by planting new trees, and eating the seven crops for which Israel was renowned, wheat, barley, olives, dates, grapes, figs, and pomegranates, as well as other types of fruit, such as: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pistachios, apricots, and prunes, particularly dried fruits.

torta datteri e cioccolato

Last year we prepared one dried fruit cake , and one stew with apricots; the year before we made stuffed dates. This time instead, just to change menus, we have prepared an Eastern cake with Israeli dates, chocolate, and almonds.

torta datteri e cioccolato

torta datteri e cioccolato

Soft Date and Chocolate Cake

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Jewish


  • 250 g of dates
  • 150 g of 00 flour
  • 140 g of sugar
  • 110 g of almonds
  • 50 g of honey
  • 50 g of unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons of milk or orange juice for those who do not want to use milk


  • Beat the eggs with the sugar to get a frothy cream, then with the help of an electric mixer, incorporate the flour, baking powder, and honey.
  • Finely chop the chocolate, almonds, and dates, add them to the eggs and flour cream (adding, if necessary, two tablespoons of milk to make the dough more workable), and mix well.
  • Pour the mixture into a pan covered with parchment paper and level it well, then also add some dates, cut in half, on top of the cake as a decoration.
  • Bake the cake in a 180°C preheated oven, and cook for about 40 minutes.
  • Remove the cake from the oven, and let it rest for at least 5 minutes, then take it out on a serving plate, and let it cool.
  • The cake you will get is very dense and sweet: serve it in small slices, perhaps accompanying it with a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream.
  • The cake keeps well, for a few days, wrapped in foil.
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torta datteri e cioccolato

If you are interested in learning more about Tu Bi Shvat recipes, or about dried fruit in general, here are some links you might like:

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