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Date Cake

Ingredients

1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup boiling water
1 cup white sugar
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup white sugar
1 pinch salt
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C). Grease and flour two 8 inch round cake pans. Set aside. Put dates in a bowl with soda and pour boiling water on top. Set a side. 2 In a large mixing bowl, mix together 1 cup sugar, 2 1/2 cups flour and 1 cup chopped walnuts. Add egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla, pinch of salt and tablespoon butter. Mix to combine.

Finally, stir in chopped dates with liquid. Mix well. Pour batter into prepared pans. 3 Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Cake will pull away from sides of pans and be golden brown. 4 In a medium saucepan, combine buttermilk, 1 cup sugar, pinch of salt and 4 tablespoons flour. Cook on medium heat until thickened. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and remaining cup of walnuts. Spread mixture between layers and on top of cake. Let filling run down the sides of
cake.

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