Finnish Date Cake Taatelikakku, Flavor of Coffee or Glögi


I think it might be my favorite cake I’ve ever had. It’s a very delicious date cake. It is easy to make as long as you have dates. The moist and chunky texture, the aroma of coffee, and the texture of the dates make this cake irresistible.


With Date Paste

When we think of dried fruit cake, we think of a cake with cubes of dried fruit. The Finnish date cake is made by boiling dates in coffee or glögi and then mixing the paste into the batter. I like the ones with diced fruits in them, but the ones with the paste mixed in are also delicious. It was a new discovery for me.

Coffee or Glögi

Another feature of this cake is that the taste can vary greatly depending on what you use to cook it. Every recipe I’ve seen says to use coffee or glögi.
Glögi, Finnish Hot Wine for Christmas, Glühwein
Glögi is the most popular Christmas drink in Finland and the Nordic countries. Here is a basic recipe using cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and ginger.

Both are delicious, but I prefer coffee. I am not in the habit of eating a lot of sweets, but I couldn’t stop myself from eating this one.

Here is the popular Finnish Christmas recipe.

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Finnish Date Cake Taatelikakku, Flavor of Coffee or Glögi

The taste of Finnish date cake varies depending on whether coffee or glögi is used. The pureed dates give this fruit cake with a moist texture.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Servings2 L cake mold
  • dates (dried) 250 g
  • instant coffee 3 Tbsp
  • water (or glögi) 200 mL
  • white sugar 50 g
  • butter 200 g
  • egg 2
  • sour cream (yogurt) 200 g
  • bread flour 250 g
  • baking soda 1 tsp
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Cake mold (2L)
  • Preheat the oven to 175°C.
  • Butter a mold and dust with flour.
  • Mix the flour with the baking soda.
  • If using whole dried dates, cut them into small pieces with a knife.
  • Place dates, water, and instant coffee in a saucepan and cover with a lid.
  • Cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes to soften the dates sufficiently.
  • If you use whole dried dates, blend them in a blender to make a smooth mixture.
  • Add the sugar and butter, in that order, and mix well to dissolve.
  • Add the eggs and mix thoroughly.
  • Add the sour cream and mix well.
  • Add the flour and mix well.
  • Pour the dough into the mold and bake in the oven at 175℃ for 60 minutes.
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