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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 bowl. Stir in boiling water; cool completely. In a mixing 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.
  • 2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining sugar; top with chocolate chips and nuts. 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.

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Reviewed Jun. 11, 2017

"One of my all-time favorite cakes!! With a few mods. Recipe is probably over 70 years old; much older sister introduced it to me at young age and called it Picnic cake? We always just sprinkled the chocolate chips over top until it looked right, so about 6-8 oz. Need it be right so you get enough melted chocolate flavor. Sugar on top is a must for the "crackled effect) (No powdered sugar, please). No "nuts" either, not necessary either, please. Yes, the dates, sugar and chocolate chips make it sweet. Might not be right cake for anyone who is watching their sugar intake. But have had many rave complements for this "antique" recipe. BTW, if anyone turns their nose up at "dates", you cannot tell they are in it, just gives it good flavor! Try it!"

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2017

"The recipe calls for too many chocolate chips. I would not use more that half a cup of chocolate chips with the half cup of chopped nuts sprinkled on top. I would not use the half cup of sugar as it's way too sweet. I could not get the cake to bake completely done. I have never had trouble baking a cake but this one just was not good. My husband is a chocolate lover but even he said there was way too much. I won't make this cake again."

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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