Big Cakes: Whisky, Date and Walnut Cake

Preparation info
  • Makes

    12 slices

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Bake and Decorate

By Fiona Cairns

Published 2011

  • About

Whisky and shortbread may be Scotland’s greatest culinary exports and, due to my Scottish roots, both have found their way into this book. If you can sneak in a splash of malt whisky it will make it extra special. You’ll need to start the cake the day before, to plump up the fruits in whisky.


  • 100 g glacé cherries, halved
  • 140 g dates, stoned and quartered
  • 90


The day before, place the cherries and dates in a bowl and pour on the whisky. Mix well, cover with clingfilm and leave overnight.

Preheat the oven to 140°C/fan 130°C/275°F/gas mark 1. Butter a large (30 × 11 × 6.5cm) loaf tin, or a 20cm diameter, 7.5cm deep, rou