There is great debate about which Queen Elizabeth this recipe was created for, though the late Queen Mother denied any favorite recipe. These cakes were sold during WWII to raise money for charities.

Queen Elizabeth Cake
Recipe type: Cakes
Serves: 1 batch
  • 1 Cup dates; chopped
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 Cup butter
  • 1 Cup sugar, granulated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 Cups flour, all purpose
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder salt
  • Broiled Topping:
  • 1/4 Cup butter
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar; packed
  • 1/4 Cup light cream
  • 3/4 Cup coconut; shredded
  • half nuts if desired (walnuts)
  1. Pour water over dates and soda; let stand until lukewarm. In bowl, cream butter with sugar; beat in egg and vanilla. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with date mixture. Spread in a greased and floured 9 inch square cake pan. Bake in 350F oven for 40 minutes or until tester comes out clean.
  2. Broiled Topping: In a small heavy saucepan, combine butter, packed brown sugar, light cream and coconut (half nuts if desired). Bring to a boil, stirring; boil gently for 1 minute. Spread over warm baked cake; broil until bubbly and lightly browned, watching carefully.

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