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Moist Chocolate Chip Date Cake Recipe

Moist Chocolate Chip Date Cake Recipe

"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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 299 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 159mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

Reviews for Moist Chocolate Chip Date Cake

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JoNanners User ID: 7835057 247931
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."

ClaudiaElders User ID: 8453498 229739
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2015


missyh96 User ID: 7367536 86589
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2013

"very good"

kellyannm User ID: 5044935 63820
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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