Date Cardamom Coffee Cake with Pistachio Streusel


Whenever I thumb through a Martha Stewart Living Magazine or take a trip to the Container Store, it makes me feel like there might be a really crazy, OCD housewife living in me. It excites me. Scares me a little.

But mostly makes me pumped about getting organized, menu planning, labeling everything (with a label maker, of course) and making sure my kids have awesome afternoon snacks post-school day.

This coffee cake situation is what I’d make for those late mornings/early afternoons when I want to invite other ladies (and dudes, too!) over to talk parenting, pro-tips and just talk to another adult for once.

Medjhool dates right now are super dreamy.

If you’ve never had one, I will admit that they can run a little pricey (about $5 a container) but they go A LONG way. I bought a container three days ago and have already used it three ways.

Dates are amber (duh) in color, soft in texture, have almost a caramel-like flavor to them and are loaded with fiber and energy.

There’s a lot going on this coffee cake situation, but it all works nicely, I think.

The cardamom really shines through. The dates add nice sweetness and texture throughout. The streusel is my absolute favorite. It’s loaded with crumbles of butter, flour, brown sugar and pistachios!!! I love pistachios.

While you’re waiting for the coffee cake to be made, yell at your dog to stop biting furniture, paint your nails, check the mail…

…and make some coffee, please!

Coffee cake needs coffee. It’s the reason why it exists. Can we imagine a world without coffee? How sad. I don’t wanna live in that world, man. I just don’t.

I want to live in a world with corgis, coffee cake and lots and lots of coffee.

When the coffee cake comes out of the oven, I poured a coffee glaze all over it. Amazingly delicious. If you like, feel free to cut this step out. I think it tastes amazing without the glaze and sweeter and more like dessert with the glaze.

You decide.

This Date Cardamom Coffee Cake makes me excited to get grown!

Date Cardamom Coffee Cake with Pistachio Streusel



  • 1/2 pound 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup chopped medjool dates, about 8-9 dates
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, cold
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
  • Pinch of salt


  • 1 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons strongly brewed coffee


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • Put the butter in a large mixing bowl and beat for several seconds. Add the sugar and beat until smooth. Add the eggs, and beat for 2 minutes, or until light and creamy. Put the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom, cinnamon and salt in a bowl and stir with a fork to blend well. Add the sticky dates to the flour mixture and break them up with your hands until they're evenly distributed throughout. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until nearly smooth. Next, add the sour cream and mix well.
  • Spoon the batter into the pan. To make the streusel topping, add all of the ingredients to a small bowl and using your hands, mix, breaking the butter into little bits. Sprinkle atop the cake evenly and transfer it to the oven. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the center.
  • Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes in the pan. Lift the sides of the parchment paper and transfer the cake to a cooling rack. While you're waiting for it to cool slightly, mix together the powdered sugar and coffee until smooth. Drizzle atop the cake and slice. I highly recommend eating this warm with a cup of strong coffee.

Adapted from Marion Cunningham

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  • Reply a farmer in the dell February 4, 2013 at 9:58 am

    sounds so stinking good. I love anything with dates in it!! a cup of coffee and a slice of this is the perfect way to start the day!

  • Reply Lauren Bux February 4, 2013 at 10:03 am

    OMG. I want this like now. I knew the cup of coffee in my hand right now was missing something!

    You’ll make an awesome housewife if you keep cooking like this! I had a mom growing up that cooked like you and I turned out to be a total foodie (and the envy of every other kid out there) 🙂

  • Reply Kim @ Soliloquy Of Food & Such February 4, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Those cone pots make the best coffee.

  • Reply christin February 4, 2013 at 10:15 am

    you make my dreams come true.

    • Reply Adrianna February 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      You make MY dreams come true!

  • Reply Michelle February 4, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Oh my that looks delicious, I am definitely going to make this! Thx for the recipe!

  • Reply Marie February 4, 2013 at 10:31 am

    This coffee cake looks delicious! And what a fun coffee maker! 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer February 4, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Sounds so good!

    xo Jennifer

  • Reply a February 4, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Looks really tasty! xx
    ps. My blog is:

  • Reply Andrea February 4, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Looks super delish.I love the combo of ingredients. Can’t wait to try this.

  • Reply Heather P. February 4, 2013 at 11:28 am

    This looks like a fun twist on coffee cake! My mother makes one that the recipe has been handed down for many generations, but it’s pretty basic, so this would be a fun way to mix it up with new ingredients!

    • Reply Adrianna February 4, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Yep! Just add the cardamom, dates and streusel!

  • Reply Kate February 4, 2013 at 11:40 am

    I know this is wildly off topic – but where is that rug from?! So cute!

    • Reply Adrianna February 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      A friend gave it to me (because she’s nice!), but she got it from the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Not too pricey either. I think it was $50!

  • Reply Little Kitchie February 4, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I love the flavor profile here!

    Made your pretzels tots and queso fundido yesterday for the Superbowl. Both SO good and huge hits!! I may or may not have hoarded some pretzels tots for myself and had them for lunch today…

    • Reply Adrianna February 4, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      Hello! Awesome!

  • Reply Tina February 4, 2013 at 11:45 am

    This ain’t no plain coffee cake! Ur always totally elevating it! Love it 🙂

  • Reply Kim February 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Oh Eem Gee, that’s looking delisc!

  • Reply Lori @ RecipeGirl February 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Dates are a newfound love of mine! Love what you’ve done with them!

  • Reply Wendy @ CookingQuinoa February 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    This looks so yummy. I love the coffee glaze…and I agree. I wouldn’t want to live in a world without coffee.

  • Reply Averie @ Averie Cooks February 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Loving this! The dates, mmmm, yes! The streusel bits, that coffee-glaze! The whole thing is right up my alley!

  • Reply Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough February 4, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I have a love affair with this cake already. Everything about it sounds SO yummy!

  • Reply Rebecca @ Pavlova's Dog February 4, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    MASSIVE cardamom fan (real life: my moisturiser is cardamom oil; I go to bed smelling like curry and funnily enough my boyfriend doesn’t find that a massive turn-on???) and MASSIVE pistachio fan. It goes without saying I’m a massive coffee fan because I’m still a functioning human being and it’s 10:33pm. Why haven’t I combined these before? I’m very glad you have.

    • Reply Adrianna February 4, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      Ha! You’re amazing.

  • Reply misschelsmangia February 4, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Oh my great golly! A world without coffee is tragic. The first time I actually ate coffee cake you can imagine my disappointment to learn there was actually no coffee in it! This just changed the whole entire game! 🙂

  • Reply Betty February 4, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Beautiful cake! I could happily eat it either with or without the glaze. And I LOVE your coffee pot. 🙂

  • Reply Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe February 4, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    I love the use of cardamom and dates here – so dreamy. You’re making adulthood sound magnificent!

  • Reply Danielle February 4, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    YUM! This coffee cake looks divine! I am in love with it already! I am drooling over that glaze!

    PS I could not exist in a world without coffee. I would never even make it out of bed : )

  • Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition February 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I recently had dates for the first time (blended up into a cute little ball) and was amazed. They look like prunes, but taste awesome. This is such a unique coffee cake; your little get together would totally be the talk of all the other moms!

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance February 5, 2013 at 12:29 am

    I am drooling at the sound and looks of this recipe! There is no way that these flavors can NOT be magical together. It’s impossible for this not to turn into my new favorite recipe. Holy yum.

  • Reply aoife @ the gannet February 5, 2013 at 4:47 am

    I get far too excited about tupperware. And yet my cupboards ALWAYS explode in an avalanche of rice pasta, pools of oil, bits of spice. I’d love to be organised but never quite manage it for longer than two days after the spring clean…

    This cake sounds and looks divine. Bookmarking for the weekend! x

  • Reply ali February 5, 2013 at 6:06 am

    I most DEFINITELY want to live in your world!! 🙂

  • Reply Wanda @ My Sweet Zepol February 5, 2013 at 6:23 am

    I also feel like organizing my house, specially the pantry when I see another house or a magazine article neatly organized. LOL! Love your recipe and looking forward to making it soon, very soon. I also enjoy grown-up talk with my girlfriends on late mornings after the kids are in school! Girls time!

  • Reply cindy February 5, 2013 at 6:33 am

    let’s live next to each other and bake healthful treats for our hypothetical children and share many cups of coffee and label everything whilst corgis play around our feet. dreamz!

    ps, dates freak me out a teensy bit, but chopped up and inside this coffee cake…I’m totes down.

  • Reply Anja February 5, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Hi there,

    this cake sound great. And I love the Streusel. Normally, when I am in a hurry, but I would love to have something to eat with my coffee I just take plums or apples, make Streusel, put them on top and then bake them in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or till the Streusel look right. A great coffee break.
    Greets from Germany

  • Reply LR February 5, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Where did you get that coffee maker?!? I’ve been looking for a glass contraption just like the one you have!

  • Reply Eileen February 5, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I love the idea of a cardamon-scented coffeecake–so Scandiainavian. The pistachios in the crumble sound fabulous!

  • Reply Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up February 5, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    I just had to read the title of this to know that I was pinning it. I have been looking for a date recipe. YUM!!

  • Reply Julia February 6, 2013 at 6:56 am

    I am a sucker for coffee cake! I love pistachios too–that would be a great addition to coffee cake.

  • Reply Chris February 7, 2013 at 8:53 am

    This looks SO good – can’t wait to make it. Country Living mag has a great recipe for Cardamom Shortbread Cookies.

  • Reply Marygrace February 7, 2013 at 10:06 am

    This pretty much looks like the coffee cake of my dreams. I’m so looking forward to making it for breakfast this weekend!

  • Reply Meghan February 7, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Dang! How do I always forget about coffee cake?! It is so delicious. I love dates too, but they totally look like bugs to me!

  • Reply Leah Schultz February 11, 2013 at 5:16 am

    I made this recipe the other day for a jewelry party. It was a hit! My mother tasted it and made me make another just for the family. The only thing I did differently is I left it in the oven for 15/20 more minutes than instructed.

  • Reply Bushra March 7, 2013 at 10:35 am

    hello, i really looooooooove this and will make it tonight or tomorrow but i wanna ask about the glaze!! 1 1\4 cup of sugar and only 2 tps of coffee??? i think it will be so thick! and what is a good alternative of brewed coffee? plz answer me as soon as possible.

    i’m from Saudi Arabia xoxoxo

    • Reply Adrianna March 7, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Yes. It seems like a weird ratio but the coffee goes a long way. Just make sure to use powdered/confectioner’s sugar. If you don’t want to use coffee, I’d recommend milk! You may need to play with the consistency a bit since milk is thicker than coffee. Hope that helps!

      • Reply Bushra March 8, 2013 at 5:16 am

        thank you sooooooooooo much… i made it and it’s so yummmmmy i can’t wait ’till my husband come from work and taste it, i’m sure he’ll love it. it’s really amazing thank u thank u thanku

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