And with that promise, I forged ahead.
It starts with 1 cup of dates, chopped (different that 1 cup of chopped dates).
Add dates and 1 teaspoon baking soda in a small bowl. Pour 1 cup boiling water over dates and set aside to cool.
In a separate bowl, sift 1 3/4 cups flour, 2 tablespoons cocoa and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
In yet another bowl (let’s give thanks for dishwashers, shall we?) cream 1 cup softened unsalted butter, 1 cup sugar and 2 beaten eggs. Then alternately add the sifted flour mixture and date mixture until thoroughly incorporated. I forgot to get a picture of that final product so go ahead, close your eyes and envision what it may look like 😀
Pour into a greased 9×13 pan and sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts on top. If you’re using nuts as well as chocolate chips then 1 cup of each is plenty. However, I was making this for a friend of mine that is pregnant and I’m not sure how she’s feeling about nuts these days (it’s been a rough pregnancy) so I chose to omit those and bumped the chocolate chips to 1 1/2 cups.
So with a wing and a prayer – having never seen this cake before in my life – I put it in the oven. 350* for 25-30 minutes.
LORD. HAVE. MERCY. This cake is amazing. If you’ve never baked with dates before let me reassure you that all they do is serve to make the cake moist and perfect. Nothing ‘date-y’ about this cake. Heck that cocoa disappears and simply serves to deepen the flavor. The chocolate chips sink in and create a chocolatey top layer. You just have to try it. Trust Grandma Lorraine.
Chocolate Chip Cake
1 cup boiling water
1 cup dates, chopped
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 3/4 cups flour
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 – 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup nuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325*
- In a small bowl pour boiling water over the dates and baking soda. Set aside to cool.
- In a medium-sized bowl sift together the flour, baking cocoa & salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and white sugar. Add eggs and beat thoroughly. Add date mixture and flour mixture, alternating mixtures. Pour into greased 9×13 pan and sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts on top.
- Bake for 25-30 min. until toothpick comes out clean.