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Chocolate Chip Date Cake

Rated as 4.94 out of 5 Stars

"'I remember begging my mother to make this moist cake back in the '50s,' says Kathy Frees from Fergus Falls, Minnesota. 'Instead of sticky frosting, it's covered with sugar and nuts and is a wonderful treat to take along on picnics.'"
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50 m servings
Original recipe yields 16 servings


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  1. Place dates and 1 teaspoon baking soda in a bowl. Stir in boiling water; cool completely. In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and 1 cup sugar. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, salt and remaining baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with date mixture.
  2. Pour into a greased 13-in.x 9-in.x 2-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining sugar; top with chocolate chips and nuts. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.


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scrumptious! I loved it! SO moist! I usually dont have dates on hand but we had a bunch left over from Christmas that I didn't want to waste! wanted to follow the recipe exactly , but accidenta...

If it was possible I would give this reliable and wonderful recipe 6 stars. It is also versatile in that I have used 2 tbls. of rum in place of some of the water. After the cake sits for a day ...

I wanted to try this recipe because it is similar to a cake my late grandma used to make when we were kids. I made it for a get-together with some friends. I took the advice of another reviewe...

My mother made this when I was growing up and I have been making it for years. It always turns out great and everyone always loves it. The dates 'disappear' into the cake and friends are alway...

Instead of using shortening, I used oil and made these as muffins. They were great!

Excellent recipe. I am a beginner and I followed the recipe to the T. The cake turned out truly moist and soft and not too sweet - just the way i like it. It was a big hit with the entire family!

This cake is rediculously good. I have never made a cake with dates in it before, but I will now continue to make this recipe. I followed the recipe exactly except I left the nuts out because my...

This a keeper. This cake is moist, tender and has incredible flavor. I added half as much sugar on the top of the cake as instructed and added additional chopped pecans. Unfortunately I thoug...

best date cake recipe ever. I just reduced the chocolate to 1 cup. This is my second time to make it and Iwill frduce the chocolate to 1/2 cup.