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Chocolate Date Cake I Recipe

Chocolate Date Cake I

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"My mothers' recipe. Great for snacking--or you can frost it, for a special occasion cake. One of my family's favorites."

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Original recipe makes 1 9x13 inch pan Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    1 hr 10 mins


  1. In a small bowl, combine dates with boiling water. Set aside to cool.
  2. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13-inch pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix flour, soda, salt and cocoa. Set aside.
  4. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs. Add flour mixture alternating with cooled date mixture. Fold in chopped nuts and 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips to mixture.
  5. Spread batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips over top.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into middle of cake comes out clean.
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Feb 11, 2003

This cake is yummy. Watch carefully after 40 minutes so it doesn't burn. The kids don't care for it, but that's OK, that much more for me!

Nov 01, 2008

Yummy!!! I added extra cocoa because I wanted a stronger chocolate flavor but I think it would have been good without it too.


8 Ratings

Jan 04, 2010

Be careful not to overbake as it will come out a bit dry. I overfilled my tin and it took quite a while to bake and the edges came out dry which made it hard to slice nicely. My husband loves date loaf and chocolate so I thought I'd combine the two for him. He liked it but said the chocolate overpowered the dates and he couldn't taste them which he thought was a waste of dates. Would I bake this again? Yes, probably. Also, this cake is much better the next day.

Jul 13, 2010

This is a great recipe, but I have made some changes. I use brown sugar in stead of white. I add almond extract, and almonds in place if the walnuts. For special occasions, I serve with a caramel sauce. Always a crowd pleaser!

Jan 31, 2011

I love this cake!! I did make most of the changes suggested by others. I cut the cocoa down to 2 tsps, used brown sugar and added vanilla. I think next time though I will add more nuts to it. Not overly sweet, but enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Dec 05, 2014

Wonderful recipe!! I bake this cake to give away for Christmas!

Mar 17, 2014

1 9x13 pan was too big! Cake did not cook evenly. Good textue, but def need more chocolate!

Oct 15, 2012

This was delicious! Moist-flavorful-light-but still sweet! I cooked at 350 for 40 minutes and it came out perfect. Used milk chocolate chips instead of bittersweet (because that was all I had) which made it a bit sweeter than regular. Topped it off with a buttercream frosting. Amazing flavor, and just a little different from the usual. Definitely a keeper!


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  • Calories
  • 173 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.8 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 28 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 8.1 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 2.4 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 111 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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