This has always been a family favorite. Very rich!

Joan
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9x13 inch baking pan.

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  • Bring water to a boil. Pour over chopped dates and baking soda. Let stand until cool. Stir in the sugar, flour, mayonnaise, and salt. Mix until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.

  • Mix the brown sugar, chopped nuts, and chocolate chips together. Sprinkle over top of batter.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 40 to 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

203 calories; 10 g total fat; 3 mg cholesterol; 107 mg sodium. 28.2 g carbohydrates; 1.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2009
This recipe sounds like the one my Mother use to make when I was a young girl. After her death her recipes were lost in the moving. I do remember that my mother never did anything with the topping until after the cake was baked she would put the topping on after the cake was baked then popped it back in the oven and broiled it. It always came out wonderful. I will try this recipe and see if it is the same as my Mothers. Thank You so Very Much for posting this recipes. God Bless. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/24/2003
Has anyone tried this? My family was very disappointed as the only good about it was the topping. It was heavy and chewy and tasteless. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2009
This recipe sounds like the one my Mother use to make when I was a young girl. After her death her recipes were lost in the moving. I do remember that my mother never did anything with the topping until after the cake was baked she would put the topping on after the cake was baked then popped it back in the oven and broiled it. It always came out wonderful. I will try this recipe and see if it is the same as my Mothers. Thank You so Very Much for posting this recipes. God Bless. Read More
(6)
Rating: 1 stars
12/24/2003
Has anyone tried this? My family was very disappointed as the only good about it was the topping. It was heavy and chewy and tasteless. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2007
This recipe is easy to make and is a very moist cake. My Mom has made this for years and it is a family favorite. Even people that say they don't like dates just love this cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2009
This recipe sounds like the one my Mother use to make when I was a young girl. After her death her recipes were lost in the moving. I do remember that my mother never did anything with the topping until after the cake was baked she would put the topping on after the cake was baked then popped it back in the oven and broiled it. It always came out wonderful. I will try this recipe and see if it is the same as my Mothers. Thank You so Very Much for posting this recipes. God Bless. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2004
When I tried this recipe I sifted my dry ingredients first before adding to the dates/water. I mixed the baking soda with the dry ingredients. I also mixed together the mayo and sugar together and added everything into this. I don't know if this made a difference but our cake came out moist not heavy & dense. But it isn't a light and airy cake either. I cut it into small squares and served at my hubby's staff holiday party. Everyone loved it and a few ladies asked for the recipe. I omitted the nuts too and lightly floured my pan. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/18/2005
I enjoyed this cake as did my husband but overall it lacked pizzazz. Perhaps I'll experiment with using molasses and brown sugar for a darker cake and maybe some cloves nutmeg and allspice for some kick to it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/11/2008
Topping ingredients are WAY OFF. I ended up using 1 cup (of each) nuts brown sugar and chocolate chips. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2006
I think this would be very good if made by the recipe. I tried to double the amount of topping so it got a little burnt before the cake got done. It was still good though. I will try it again and follow the recipe next time! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2016
Really fast prep snack cake that doesn't need eggs or butter. Four kids ate the whole thing while it was still warm. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2019
This cake is so easy to bake. I made is for work and everyone loved it. It came out so moist and the flavor was perfect. I will be baking this cake often. Read More