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Moist Chocolate Chip Date Cake Recipe
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Moist Chocolate Chip Date Cake Recipe

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"I remember begging my mother to make this moist cake back in the '50s," says Kathy Frees from Fergus Falls, Minnesota. "Instead of sticky frosting, it's covered with sugar and nuts and is a wonderful treat to take along on picnics."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:16-20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 16-20 servings


  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 299 calories, 15 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 159 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. Place dates and 1 teaspoon baking soda in a large bowl. Stir in boiling water; cool completely.
  2. In another large bowl, cream shortening and 1 cup sugar. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, salt and remaining baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with date mixture.
  3. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining sugar; top with chocolate chips and nuts.
  4. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Chip Date Cake in Country Woman July/August 2004

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Reviewed May. 7, 2016

"My reserve of the 1/2 cup of sugar, I use Confectioner's Sugar as this recipe is the exact from my mom as when I was a kid. However, rather than sprinkle with sugar, we would sift over with powdered sugar after cooled so won't soak in to hot chocolate chips. Looks nicer that way too. I also used Walnuts which were great and again as my mom had in her recipe."

Reviewed Jul. 18, 2015


Reviewed Aug. 11, 2013

"very good"

Reviewed Oct. 10, 2010

"Yummy! I used walnuts instead of pecans and I served it with whipped topping. It was very good that way."

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