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West Haven Chocolate Cake

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Servings: 16
Categories: Cakes / Chocolate / Desserts

8  ounces  Dates, Pitted, Chopped
1  teaspoon  Baking Soda
1  cup  Boiling water
1 3/4  cups  Flour, Unbleached, Sifted
2  tablespoons  Cocoa, Baking
1/2  teaspoon  Salt
1  cup  Shortening, Vegetable
1  cup  Sugar
2  large  Eggs
6  ounces  Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1/2  cup  Walnuts, Chopped

1. Combine dates, baking soda, and boiling water in a small bowl. Cool to room temperature. Sift together the flour, cocoa, and salt; set aside.

2. 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.

3. Blend in date mixture. Then stir in dry ingredients.

4. 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.

5. Cool in pan on rack. Cut into squares and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

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