Date and Orange Scone Cake

Date and Orange Scone Cake

This Date and Orange Scone Cake is a lovely twist on the traditional plain scone.  It is as simple as mixing together then pushing to into a cake tin and baking.  Great for morning or afternoon tea or the school lunchboxes.


3 Cups Self Raising Flour
1/4 Cup Caster Sugar
Zest of 1 Orange
50gm Butter, cold and cubed
1 Cup Pitted Dates, chopped
1 Cup a2 Milk
Raw sugar for sprinkling on top


1. In a bowl place the flour, sugar, orange zest and butter into a large bowl.  Using your fingertips work the butter through the dry mix until it resembles a bread crumb texture.  It would be easier and faster to do this in a food processor, if you have one.

2. Add the dates and milk and mix until it just combines.

3. Place into a greased cake tin and gently press down to the sides.  Use a knife and cut (not all the way through) in half, then half again and in between to make 8 serves. Sprinkle with raw sugar.

4. Bake in a preheated 180 degree celcius oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden and it bounces back when touched.

Enjoy as is or with a spread of butter.

Serves 8

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Freezer Friendly: Place individual serves into a zip lock bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

Date and Orange Scone Cake

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10 Responses to Date and Orange Scone Cake

  1. Dannielle @ Zamamabakes September 12, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

    This cake looks fantastic! My kids will love it. Thinking it might be a great little treasure for Zadada to create!

    • Diane Bottger September 19, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

      What is the correct amount of milk used please?

  2. Lauren @ Create Bake Make September 15, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

    I LOVE date scones and throw in some orange and I’m in heaven! Thank you for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays. Have a great week.

  3. joyce saud March 6, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

    Does the flour need to be sifted?

    • Amanda March 7, 2015 at 8:11 pm #

      Hi no it doesn’t need to be.

  4. Irena March 8, 2015 at 7:27 pm #

    What is pitted dates please??x

    • Amanda March 9, 2015 at 7:53 pm #

      They are dates with the seeds removed.

  5. Alaska Ghosal August 18, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

    I love baking without eggs, as I am allergic to eggs . This is a real good thing.

  6. Jo August 18, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

    Made this today and it is DELICIOUS. Love that it’s not too sweet and sugary. My LO starts school next year and I know this will be making it into his lunchbox. Love your recipes they are all so quick, easy and yummy

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