Take-Along Chocolate Chip-Date Cake

A great snack cake to take to PTA meetings, potlucks and picnics. Or wrap up a piece for your briefcase or lunch box!

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 30 min
  • Servings 12

Dates

1 1/4
cups boiling water
1
cup chopped dates
1
teaspoon baking soda

Chocolate Chip Topping

1/2
cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2
cup chopped nuts
1/4
cup packed brown sugar
1/4
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
tablespoon butter or margarine, softened

Cake

1 3/4
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/2
cup granulated sugar
1/2
cup packed brown sugar
2/3
cup vegetable oil
1
teaspoon baking soda
1
teaspoon vanilla
1/2
teaspoon salt
2
eggs

  • 1 In large bowl, pour boiling water on dates. Stir in 1 teaspoon baking soda. Cool about 15 minutes or until lukewarm.
  • 2 In small bowl, mix all topping ingredients; set aside.
  • 3 Heat oven to 350°F. Stir all cake ingredients into date mixture. Pour into ungreased 9-inch square pan. Sprinkle with topping.
  • 4 Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 2 hours.

Expert Tips

Store leftover dates, airtight, at room temperature for up to 6 months. Or refrigerate them for up to a year.

Add a new flavor dimension to this snack cake by replacing the chocolate chips with peanut butter, butterscotch or white baking chips.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
410
(
Calories from Fat
180),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
20g
20%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
40mg
40%;
Sodium
330mg
330%;
Total Carbohydrate
54g
54%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
35g
35%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.