CAKE-CHOCOLATE DATE CAKE
As seen in our September 2012 Dinner Show, served with bananas foster and ice cream.
As needed butter and flour to butter pans
- for the cake:
- 1 cup dates, pitted, chopped fine
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons Dutch processed cocoa powder
- 1/2-3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
Prepare pan(s) by buttering and flouring. We use muffin top pans. A 9″ cake pan will work too.
Prepare the dates:
Simmer dates in water using a heavy sauce pan until soft, approximately 5 minutes; remove from heat and add baking soda, covered an steep additional 5 minutes.
Make the batter:
Beat together ½ cup butter with ¼ cup brown sugar until light and fluffy on high speed; beat in egg until combined; Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; add flour mixture to first mixture and mix on low speed just until combined. Fold in dates and mix just to combine. Divide batter between the 6 cups and bake 350 F until cake is cooked through, approximately 15-20 minutes. Rest on cooling rack 10 minutes before removing cakes.