West Haven Chocolate Date Cake

Satisfying and sweet, this date-inspired West Haven Chocolate Date Cake is a mouth-watering delight!
Ingredients & Directions

8 oz Dates; Pitted, Chopped
1 ts Baking Soda
1 c ;Boiling Water
1 3/4 c Flour; Unbleached, Sifted
2 tb Baking Cocoa
1/2 ts Salt
1 c Shortening
1 c Sugar
2 Large Eggs
6 oz Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 c chopped walnuts

Combine dates, baking soda, and boiling water in a small bowl. Cool to room temperature. 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. Add chocolate frosting. Cut into squares and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

16 Servings


  1. This cake looks like it was made to perfection! I could have a slice right about now! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • Hi Natalie, you’re welcome, and thanks for stopping by! So much yummy food… so little time! 🙂

  2. This looks absolutely delicious – found it on my own blog hop! Thanks for sharing it at #WWBlogHop this week. What I want to know is, how do you get the frosting to look so beautifully perfect? If you have a how-to out there, I want to learn!

    • Hi Sinea,
      Thanks for dropping by! I don’t have a tutorial for the frosting but maybe could add this in the future. Merry Christmas!

  3. Mmmm…I have a whole package of dates that need to be used up and this looks like a great way to do just that. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  4. This sounds absolutely luscious, and looks beautiful – thanks so much for sharing with Party in Your PJs!

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  8. That cake is a beauty and a must try. Pinned it! Over from Marilyn’s Treats.

  9. Mmm, this sounds soo good and it looks fantastic! I would love to try it with the dates as an ingredient.

    • Hi Florence, Thanks for dropping by! I’m about “sweetened out” from Christmas but give me a few days…. 🙂 Happy New Year!

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