I volunteered to bake this cake for a Relief Society activity this week. A woman in my ward is a very talented cook and shared this recipe.
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.
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup shortening
Mix well, and add the date mixture.
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.