date cakeWhen I was growing up in Denmark, I didn’t have much extended family nearby. As a result, I considered my parents’ Danish friends as family.  One example is Gerda and Herluf, my unofficial grandparents, and two of the most kind and genuine people I know. Our family has always been welcomed to their annual Christmas party, which includes their whole family – children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. It’s a great Danish party, with a great family that lives life to the fullest.

The following is Gerda’s American Date Cake, which she made for one of the Christmas parties before passing the recipe on to me. I found it hidden among my pile of recipes and finally made it.

Gerda's American date cake
Serves 10
359 calories
69 g
45 g
7 g
7 g
2 g
140 g
372 g
41 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359
Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 45mg
Sodium 372mg
Total Carbohydrates 69g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 41g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. • 10 oz. (300 grams) dates, stones removed and divide in quarters
  2. • 1.75 oz. (50 grams) almonds (skin removed), roughly chopped
  3. • 7 oz. (200 grams) sugar
  4. • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract/vanilla sugar
  5. • 1.25 oz. (35 grams) butter
  6. • 1 ¼ cups (300 ml) boiling hot water
  7. • 2 eggs
  8. • 7 oz. (200 grams) whole-wheat flour
  9. • 7 oz. (200 grams) all-purpose-flour
  10. • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  1. • 1 ½ quarts (1 ½ liter) bread pan
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 3500F (1750C) on convection bake.
  2. 2. In a big bowl, mix dates, almonds, sugar, vanilla extract and butter, and pour boiling water over the mixture. Let stand until it has cooled off.
  3. 3. Whip eggs lightly and stir into the mix.
  4. Stir in flour and baking soda.
  5. 4. Grease a bread/cake pan and pour in the cake mix.
  6. 5. Bake in the oven for about 1 hour.
  7. 6. Serve a slice of date cake preferably with a bit of butter.




Tina Diep

I LOVE FOOD and better yet I LOVE TO COOK.

I can thank my Vietnamese roots. Vietnamese people use a great amount of time cooking and eating, traits which they have learned from their families. Everyone seems to know how to cook, and they are adept at picking fresh and quality foods from the market. Food is a priority in Vietnam – if you eat well, you live well.

I was born in Denmark, and in my mind I am a true Dane. Danish people cook a lot as well, but they prefer to spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the table. I consider myself Vietnamese from a culinary standpoint and Danish from a cultural standpoint (and I live in New York, which is a Mecca for foodies).

My mum is a great cook, she taught me how to chop vegetables and how to just randomly throw things together and somehow get an awesome meal. She makes cooking seem like art, and she is my inspiration for DiepLicious cooking.

My husband loves food as well and he has a great appetite. Cooking for him is a real joy. He has a great interest in everything that concerns health, and loves to point out specific foods and why they are good for you to eat. I will share his knowledge with you. He makes my cooking more challenging, but also a lot healthier.

I offer you one Golden Rule: to enjoy food fully, always taste the food even if you don’t like it. For me it takes a couple of tries to get to know the real flavor.


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