01 July 2016

Picnic Cake: Family Recipe Friday

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.

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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