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Gopher HIll Fall Cake, a Chocolate Lovers Special

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Ingredients

1 cup dates, cut fine
1 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 cups boiling water
1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup shortening
2 beaten eggs
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
Topping:
1 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup sugar

Instructions

Cook dates with 1 teaspoon baking soda in water until unwrinkled, about 20 minutes. Let cool. In a mixing bowl combine shortening, eggs and sugar. Sift together flour, cocoa and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and add to shortening mixture. Stir and add to cooled date mixture. Put all into a well greased and floured 9x13-inch pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes for 20-25 minutes.

Jill Fosdyck
Bettendorf



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