"What could better represent our area than a recipe calling for oranges fresh off the tree? Since we planted and maintained a grove of 250 orange trees for almost 20 years, this recipe became a family favorite. Our grown children have said this cake brings back wonderful childhood memories."
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add applesauce, eggs and orange peel; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with milk; mix well. Fold in dates and nuts. Pour into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Meanwhile, combine glaze ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Pour over cake. Cool completely in pan.