Tahini Fig and Date Fruit Cake 


The delicate mix of dried fruits, seeds and nuts are gently boiled with  tahini and left to soak up the flavours overnight just like a traditional fruit cake.  Delicately balanced with almonds and seeds, cloves and cinnamon tahini is also used as a substitute for butter.  Tahini is not only is nutritionally better for you with high levels of calcium, protein, omega 3s and Omega 6s, but renders the cake a rich golden colour.

Cooking Time: 1 hour 15 minutes at 170 degree fan forced oven.

25cm cake tin


2 (320g) cups sultanas

1 cup (160g) pitted dates

6 dried figs cut in quarters

1/2 cup whole almonds

1/4 cup mixed sunflower and pepita seeds

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1/2 cup tahini

2 tbspns vanilla essence

1/4 cup milk

2 eggs

200 ml brandy ( optional sub with 200ml  juice instead)

1/4 cup  milk plus 2-4 tbspn milk

1 tspn baking powder

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1 tbspn cinnamon

1 tspn cloves ground

1/2 tspn bicarb soda

1 1/2 cups plain flour

Glace Cherries


1.  Chop dates and figs roughly

2.  Add sultanas, dates, figs, almonds, seeds into saucepan.

3. Pour orange juice tahini vanilla and water into saucepan  with dried fruit mixture.

4. Stir on low heat and allow to simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat, and allow to cool.

5.  Sift flours, bicarb powder, soda and spices.

6.  Add coconut into flour mixture.

7. Beat eggs and milk together and stir into dried fruit and nut mixture.

8. Stir through the flour mixture. 

9.  Line cake tin with two layers of greaseproof paper.

10.  Pour in the cake mix. Ensure it is evenly distributed.

11. Add glace Cherries on top of cake.

12.  Bake in 170 degree oven for 1 and 15 minutes. Your cooking time will vary. You may require approximately an extra 15 minutes. Maybe cover in foil for that extra time.

13. Allow to cool and serve

11 Comments Add yours

  1. mistimaan says:

    Nice recipe

    1. Thank you again.

  2. Eroulla says:

    In the picture of almonds, dates, figs and pumpkin seeds I can see chia but this is not listed as an ingredient. Should it be there? Would appreciate if you could answer this as I would love to try to make this cake (with gluten free flour as I am intolerant). Thanks.

  3. Looks amazing x

    1. Hello, thank you .

  4. Megala says:

    Scrumptious cake ! Love the addition of dry fruits & nuts in here !!

    1. Standard fruit mix is a little boring to me anyway… the almonds soften and the figs add varied flavours and texture.

  5. foodinbooks says:

    This looks very interesting. I have always been cautious of tahini because I overused it making hummus one time, and the oily taste was too much for me. But I’d imagine the fruits cut that heaviness here. Yum!

    1. You only need a veey small amount of tahini in hummus. A couple of tablespoons… The tahini here is baked, as well there are so many other ingredients other than the fruit. It’s also not boozy or heavy like your typical fruit cake.

  6. The cake looks so tasty! I love tahini in cakes, It adds such a nice, nutty flavor. 🙂

  7. Exceptionally good

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