Boil water and pour it over the date pieces; set aside to cool. (Do not drain the dates.) When the dates are cool add the baking soda. Beat the eggs, shortening and sugar together and add the vanilla. Mix the flour, cocoa and salt together and add it to the egg mixture. Add the cool dates and water mix. Mix the batter together and pour into a greased and floured 9x13 inch cake pan.
Mix the sugar, nuts and chocolate chips together and sprinkle over the top of the cake batter. Press lightly into the top of the cake. Bake at 325 degrees F for 35 minutes. Let cool and top with Cool Whip.
By Robin from Washington, IA
Robin, I know you are a good cook ( I've copied many of your recipes )
But today is Dec. 29, 2008 and this recipe says it was posted on Jan. 6, 2009.
Now tell me, how did you do that??
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