West haven chocolate cake

Yield: 16 servings

Measure Ingredient
8 ounces Dates; Pitted, Chopped
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 cup ;Boiling Water
1¾ cup Flour; Unbleached, Sifted
2 tablespoons Cocoa; Baking
½ teaspoon Salt
1 cup Shortening; Vegetable
1 cup Sugar
2 eaches Eggs; Large
6 ounces Semisweet Chocolate Chips
½ cup Walnuts; Chopped

Combine dates, baking soda, and boiling water in a small bowl. Cool to room terperature. Sift together the flour, cocoa, and salt; set aside. Cream the shortening and sugar together in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, using an electric mixer at medium speed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in date mixture. Then stir in dry ingredients. Pour into a greased 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree F. oven for 35 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool in pan on rack. Cut into squares and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

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