Chocolate Chip Date Cake

"A rich chocolate cake."
 
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photo by Diana S. photo by Diana S.
photo by Diana S.
Ready In:
1hr
Ingredients:
13
Yields:
1 9x13 cake pan
Serves:
8-12
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ingredients

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directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Pour boiling water over dates and set aside to cool.
  • Mix 1 cup sugar, oil, eggs, cocoa, dates with water, baking soda, salt and vanilla together and blend well.
  • Stir in the flour until well blended.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 9x13-inch cake pan.
  • Sprinkle the topping ingredients on top of cake mixture in this order: chocolate chips, walnuts and sugar.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes. Cool.

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  1. SabbyAz
    I just made this and goodness me, it's absolutely delicious! Moist and soft, the only negative I have about it is that the taste of date isn't too prominent so next time (oh and there's definitely gonna be a next time), I shall add more dates. Thank you so much :)
     
  2. Kate 2
    A lovely moist cake. Not all that chocolatey, but the dates give it a rich flavor. My kids helped me make it... and gobble it up!
     
  3. GRANNYLKM
    THANK YOU - THANK YOU - THANK YOU! My Mom used to make this, and never wrote down the recipe. She pasted away without writing down a lot of her recipes. I have been looking all over the internet for this cake. It is FANTASTIC! She usually served it with real whipped cream on top.
     
  4. mollypaul
    A lovely, rich cake.
     
  5. nranger7
    One of my favorite childhood cakes! I've always known it as Westhaven Cake. Don't know where that name came from (probably from my mom so she could hide the fact that dates are in it!!!). The only difference from my recipe is I use a cup of butter instead of oil. Plus I always put the baking soda with the dates and pour hot water on top of both. (I just use hot water straight out of the tap - no boiling). I never added sugar to the topping until recently. Good both ways...
     
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  1. nranger7
    One of my favorite childhood cakes! I've always known it as Westhaven Cake. Don't know where that name came from (probably from my mom so she could hide the fact that dates are in it!!!). The only difference from my recipe is I use a cup of butter instead of oil. Plus I always put the baking soda with the dates and pour hot water on top of both. (I just use hot water straight out of the tap - no boiling). I never added sugar to the topping until recently. Good both ways...
     

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I enjoy cooking and have done so for the past 30 years. I worked in several food service areas before moving on to a non-cooking job. Cooking has become a hobby of mine and one I enjoy very much. I enjoy creating new recipes. I have several very good recipes from my grandmother, who by the way has taught me everythig I know about cooking. I have many recipes that I have collected over the years. I will try to post as many of them as I can over the course of time. Please view them.
 
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