How to make it

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9x13 pan. or two 8 or 9 inch round layer cake pans
  • Chop the dates coursely. Put them in a bowl, sprinkle on the baking soda and stir in boiling water.Set aside.
  • Meanwhile toast the pecans in a frying pan over medium low heat, stirring frequently, until they begin to color and become fragrant, about 7 minutes. Pour out of the pan and set aside.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  • Sift together the flour, salt and cocoa powder, and add to the sugar mixture, beating to combine well.
  • Stir the date mixture, and pour into batter. Stir well or beat just until mixed.
  • If preparing as a 9x13 inch snacking cake, fold in half the chocolate chips and half the nuts. If preparing as a layer cake fold in all the chocolate chips and all the nuts.
  • Pour into prepared pan(s). If preparing as a snacking cake, sprinkle on the remaining chocolate chips and the remaining nuts.
  • Bake 25-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (Melted chocolate chips do not count). Cool completely.
  • For the 9x13 snacking cake sprinkle with powdered sugar. For the layer cake, whip the cream with the 2 tbsp.s of powdered sugar until it is stiff. Fill and frost the cake.

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    " It was excellent "
    henrie ate it and said...
    LOL yeah I can hear it talking to me also, saying what's taking you so long to get up from your chair and make me. ;0) You have my high 5
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    " It was excellent "
    elgab89 ate it and said...
    This recipe is already talking to me, and I have not made it yet:"Make me! Make me NOW!"
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