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Picnic Cake: Family Recipe Friday

01 July 2016

Date bread, date squares, coconut date balls, date pinwheel cookies, bacon wrapped dates, fresh dates, dates, dates, and more dates are one of my favorite foods.  I can eat just about anything if it includes dates!

One of my favorite cakes as a child was one that my mom used to make.  It is called "Picnic Cake" and, of course, it has dates in it.  I don't know the origin of this cake, but it is a family favorite.  I have made it numerous times for my family.  I hope you enjoy it.

Picnic Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1-8 ounce package chopped dates
Add 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 1/2 cups boiling water.
Pour boiling water, with soda added, over chopped dates.  Let Cool.

Beat wet ingredients together:
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup (oleo) margarine
2 eggs, beaten

Mix together dry ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.  Stir to combine.  Add dates with the water to this and stir until mixed well.  Do not  over beat. Pour into 13 x 9 inch pan.

Combine:
1/2 nuts (walnuts or pecans)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup coconut
1 teaspoon margarine
3/4 teaspoon water
1/4 cup sugar

Sprinkle over top of cake.

Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

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