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    Date Cake

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    1 hr 5 mins

    15 mins

    50 mins

    evelyn/athens's Note:

    This cake is delicious, moist and a cinch to make. I love the way the dates melt into the chocolatey cake, giving it incomparable flavour and texture.

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    1. 1
      Combine dates and water in medium saucepan.
    2. 2
      Bring to a boil over high heat.
    3. 3
      Remove from heat and let dates cool in liquid; do not drain.
    4. 4
      Preheat oven to 350F.
    5. 5
      Butter and flour 13 X 9 inch pyrex baking dish.
    6. 6
      Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt into a large bowl.
    7. 7
      Combine chocolate chips and walnuts in medium bowl and set aside.
    8. 8
      Cream butter with sugar in another large bowl, about 8 minutes.
    9. 9
      Add eggs, one at a time, blending well after each addition.
    10. 10
      Stir in vanilla.
    11. 11
      Beat in ¼ of undrained dates.
    12. 12
      Beat in ¼ of flour mixture.
    13. 13
      Continue adding date and flour mixtures alternately to batter, beating well after each addition, ending with flour.
    14. 14
      Pour into pan.
    15. 15
      Sprinkle chocolate chip/nut mixture evenly over top.
    16. 16
      Bake about 45-50 minutes.
    17. 17
      Let cool in pan.
    18. 18
      Sprinkle with icing sugar if desired.
    19. 19
      This will stay moist for days if wrapped in foil.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 26, 2007


      Rating 3 stars, maybe because of myself overbaking this cake. Because of that it was dry. Maybe I will try again!

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    • on March 25, 2005


      Evelyn, Evelyn, Evelyn!! What have you done? I'm hooked! Lovely moist cake! I used 6 mediumish eggs and no chocolate. I will bake it at 300F next time as it was overdone on the top. I may also stir the walnuts into the batter for a variation. Oh, a good thing about this cake is that it isn't too sweet. Thanks for posting this.

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    • on December 27, 2004


      I love both date cakes and chocolate cakes, yet it has never occurred to me to combine them - and let me tell you, it's a brilliant combination. This cake is utterly delicious! I made some changes to the recipe, preparation-wise: I only made half a recipe and baked the cake in a 2 litre bundt pan. Because of this, I worried the date slices might end up at the bottom of the pan, so I boiled them for a bit longer (about 3 minutes) and then gave them a whirl with a mixer to give them a more jam-like consistency before adding them to the batter. After preparing the pan I coated it with finely chopped chocolate, poured in the batter and sprinkled some more chocolate on top. (Omitted the walnuts; personal preference) Baked at 150 C (300 F) for one hour and 10 minutes, and produced a beautiful cake our guests raved about! I think this will be THE date cake I make from now on. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe Evelyn!

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    Nutritional Facts for Date Cake

    Serving Size: 1 (191 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 15

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 619.1
    Calories from Fat 269
    Total Fat 29.8 g
    Saturated Fat 12.6 g
    Cholesterol 82.1 mg
    Sodium 454.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 86.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.6 g
    Sugars 56.7 g
    Protein 8.8 g

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