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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.


9 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 27, 2014

This is an old recipe and the first recipe I ever wrote down. I think I was 15. This cake is made for a smaller cake pan. I always have used a 9x9 to keep this from drying out. I always pour the boiling water over dates and baking soda and let it sit for 1/2 hour as I get everything else together. I think it is unnecessary to separate and mix like you do for most cakes. this is a snack cake and not a fancy cake. I have never added nuts. I sprinkle the top with chocolate chips and then white sugar. The sugar caramelizes and makes a kind of crust along with the melted chocolate. Best the day it's made. By the way my recipe was written over 50 years ago from a friends mom. I think it must be watched closely after 40 minutes

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!


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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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