Palestinian Fasting Cake

A lenten, vegan cake

Palestinan Fasting Cake

Course: Dessert


First group of ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 2/3 cup crisco
  • 2/3 cups dates
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves


  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon water

Last group of ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  • Boil together for 3 minutes: sugar, 1-1/4 cup water, Crisco, dates, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. Cool.
  • Then add the dissolved baking soda, salt and the 2 tsp. water.
  • Mix well; lastly add the 2 cups of flour and 1 tsp. baking powder. Pour into a greased and floured 9-in square pan.
  • Bake at 325 degrees 40 minutes or until done.

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  1. I submitted this recipe a few years ago and it is very moist! Also if you double the recipe you will get a very nice size 13×9 cake..I have used half orange juice and half water in the cake.. Also oil or coconut oil can be subst. for solid shortening…A 8 0z. bag of pitted dates works perfect for doubling this recipe., cut each date in 3 pieces works well too..For frosting I use xxxxx sugar, orange juice, and lots of orange zest…You could add a little fleischmann margarine to the frosting as well and some orange extract if you don’t have orange zest..

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