Delicious Date Cake


This recipe is from a favorite cookbook I received as a gift in 1982 – Seasoned with Sunshine, a collection of recipes from Florida.  This is a thin, delicious, moist cake that is easy to make.  It makes a nice luncheon or supper dessert.


  • ½ cup dates, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. soda
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Preheat oven @ 350 degrees F.  Grease an 8×8 inch pan.

In a small bowl, mix dates, soda and boiling water; set aside to cool.


By hand or in an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar, add egg.  Sift flour and salt together and add to creamed mixture.  Blend in cooled date mixture with liquid.  Pour into well-greased 8×8 pan.  Sprinkle on Pecan Topping* ingredients, beginning with brown sugar, then pecans and then the chocolate chips.

*Pecan Topping:

  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • ½ cup chocolate chips


Bake @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

6 servings.  Delicious plain ….


… or with ice cream, whipped cream or whipped topping.


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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

15 thoughts on “Delicious Date Cake”

  1. Everything in this cake sounds really good, but not too fond of dates. Could I use another dried fruit like apricots or raisins?

  2. Wow Lillian, that looks and sounds so good. I’ve been on a sweet binge lately and I’m trying to wean myself off sugar:). I’m going to try this before I get to the finish line though. Thank you

  3. This reminds me a bit of Sticky Toffee Pudding, the old English dessert, except it doesn’t have the pecan topping (and it is served with a butterscotch sauce.) I will definitely try your recipe, and thank you for sharing.

    I’ve just found your site, somehow or another. You know how one site links to another. I see you were a secretary. Did you have a favourite typewriter? I learned typewriting on an Underwood manual that had no letters on the keys. Then, the Underwood electrics were next and we thought they were very special.

    I’ll be sure to subscribe to your blog, as it looks like you have many interesting articles. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you for subscribing and for commenting. I think I used every typewriter that was available in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. The one I loved the most and used up until we finally got a computer in the 1980s was the IBM Selectric.

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