Dates commonly used as fillings in cookies or in fruit cakes when I was growing up. I am intrigued by the use of dates in this cake. It sounds absolutely delicious.
1 cup dates, chopped
1 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon soda
1 cup sugar
2 large tablespoons shortening
salt (suggest a 1/2 teaspoon)
vanilla (suggest 1 teaspoon)
1 1/2 cups flour
Heat a cup of water until boiling, then add dates and soda. I suggest cooking for 5 minutes or until dates appear softened. Set aside to cool.
Cream together egg, sugar and shortening. Add vanilla and salt, then add into the cooled date mixture. Stir to combine.
Add flour gradually until the cake batter is formed. Pour into prepared pan. There aren’t any directions for baking, so I would suggest 350 F for 30-35 minutes or until cake tests done.