Recipe: Cake with no butter and no sugar

Aqra din ir-riċetta bil-Malti: Kejk bla butir u bla zokkor.

This is a cake for the health conscious as it has no oil, butter or sugar. It is delicious and if kept in a tight container, it stays fresh for 10 days.


  • 250 g dates, chopped
  • 100 g cranberries
  • 200 ml warm water
  • 125 g self-raising flour
  • 200 g hazelnuts
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1⁄4 tsp cloves
  • 1⁄4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch mixed spice
  • Zest and juice from 1 Maltese orange or mandarin
  • Zest and juice from ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp ground almonds

You will need: 1 cake tin 23 cm diametre


  1. Soak the dates in warm water for an hour.
  2. Line the cake tin with baking paper.
  3. With the dates and water combine the flour, hazelnuts, beaten eggs, cloves, cinnamon, orange zest and juice and lemon zest. Mix until well combined.
  4. Pour the mixture in the cake tin and spread the almonds across the top.
  5. Bake at 180C in the middle rack for 30-35 minutes.
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