We make this every year for my Dad’s birthday. Serious yum factor.
10 ounces chopped dates
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup boiling water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
pinch of salt
1 3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 boxes Baker’s brand bittersweet chocolate (hard to find, if you can’t find it you can sub Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate, but do not sub chocolate chips)
Heat oven to 350 and grease/flour a 9×13 pan. I use canned spray with flour.
In a medium size bowl dust dates with baking soda and cover with boiling water.
Allow to cool.
In a large bowl cream sugar, butter and salt.
Add eggs and beat until smooth.
Add flour, mix well.
At this point your date/water mixture should be cool. Add to large bowl and mix well.
Pour into 9×13 pan.
Open your box of Baker’s chocolate…you will find little chocolate presents inside.
Unwrap and chop. I usually chop them in half at the seam and then cut each half into 6 or 8 pieces.
Sprinkle on top of cake.
Bake for 30-35 minutes (until you can insert a toothpick and have it come out clean).
Allow to cool and sprinkle powdered sugar on top.
(putting the sugar in a sifter and then sifting on top of the cake works well)
This cake is best the second day, so I always make it the night before. Enjoy!