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Condensed Milk Sticky Date Cake Recipe

Condensed Milk Sticky Date Cake

The recipe for this sticky date cake has been around for many years. handed down from generation to generation. It keeps well and is one of the most delicious fruit cakes I have tasted.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Course Baking, Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 20
Calories 315 kcal


  • Large saucepan
  • weighing scales
  • Measuring spoons
  • Large bowl
  • heatproof bowl
  • 20 cm cake tin
  • Skewer
  • Cooling rack
  • baking


  • 110 g raisins
  • 225 g dates chopped
  • 175 g sultanas
  • 110 g currants
  • 275 g butter
  • 275 ml water
  • 440 g can condensed milk
  • 150 g wholemeal flour
  • 150 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp marmalade


  • Preheat the oven to 170C.
  • Grease and line 20cm cake tin
  • Put the raisins, dates, sultanas, and currants into a pan with the butter, water and, condensed milk.
  • Slowly bring to the boil, stir frequently to prevent the mixture from burning. Reduce the heat and simmer for 4 minutes
  • Pour the mixture from the pan into a bowl and set aside to cool
  • Mix together the wholemeal flour, plain flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda in a separate bowl
  • When the fruit and condensed milk mixture has cooled, fold it into the flour with the marmalade Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin
  • Cover the outside of the tin with a double layer of baking parchment or brown wrapping paper. This will ensure that the cake is baked in the middle without burning the outside.
  • Bake the cake in the oven for 2 hours 30 minutes, or until the cake is springy to touch and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean
  • Leave the cake to cool for 10 minutes in the tin, then turn out onto a cooling rack.


The cake will improve if you wrap it in a layer of baking parchment, then foil and leave for 2-3 days.
However, if you can't wait, then you can cut it into slices and serve as soon as it is completely cold. 


Calories: 315kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 185mgPotassium: 354mgFiber: 3gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 406IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 1mg