Friday, September 18, 2009

Billy Ann's Date Picnic Cake

Billy Ann's Date Picnic Cake

1 heaping cup pitted dates-- chopped
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 tsp baking soda

Pour water over dates and add the soda.
Let stand until cool.

Cream together:

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup shortening
2 eggs

Mix well, and add the date mixture.

Sift together:

1 1/2 cups plus 2 tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon

Add to the first mixture. Add 2 tsp vanilla.

Pour into greased 9 x 13 pan.

Sprinkle over the top:

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup chocolate bits (Billy Ann says get the good stuff)

Bake 34-40 minutes at 350 degrees.

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