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Ingredients

Cake:
1 cup boiling water
1 package (8 ounces) dates, cut small
1 rounded teaspoon of baking soda
2 tablespoons of softened butter
1 rounded cup of white sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
3 small eggs
2 cups of sifted flour
1 cup finely chopped English walnuts
Topping:
1-8 ounce package of dates, cut small
3/4 cup of boiling water
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons of corn starch
Cool Whip

Instructions

Pour boiling water over dates and soda, stir well. Let sit whie mixing other ingredients. Put softened butter, sugar and vanilla in large mixing bowl. Add eggs and mix well. Add flour, dates and nuts alternately to mixing bowl, stirring well after each addition. Pour into 9x12-inch teflon baking pan. Bake in 325 degree oven 40-45 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Set pan on cooling rack until cake has cooled. For the date cake topping, put all topping ingredients in medium size sauce pan and mix well. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Boil until topping thickens. Spread on top of cooled cake. If topping gets too thick to spread, a little water can be added. Serve with Cool Whip.

Colleen Hays
Rock Island



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