As I put together the ingredients, earlier today, for the cake that I took as dessert to the home of friends that we ate with this evening, I realized that this is the third time this month that I am baking the same cake. I made it for Indira’s birthday when we invited all our family friends to a picnic, and it is the one that I sent to school too, for her class.
But this is the cake that she and Noor love best, of all the various recipes I have tried over the years.
This recipe makes a large-ish cake (12- 16 quite big pieces) so tonight it was very gratifying to see it go quite quickly though we were only 5 adults, Indira, Noor, and our hosts’ 14 year old son 🙂
Chocolate and Date Loaf:
3/4 cup melted butter ( I use a cup that is a 200 ml measure)
1 cup sugar
2 cups of wheat (whole or refined) flour
1/2 cup of cocoa
1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of baking soda
1 cup of soft dates,finely chopped
1 cup of boiling water
1 tsp of baking soda
1 and a 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence
Combine the last 4 ingredients in a bowl and set aside to cool.
Best the first three ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Mix the remaining ingredients in another bowl.
Add the date mixture after it has cooled down to the eggs,butter and sugar mixture. Now stir in the rest of the ingredients, and pour in to a cake tin (if it is not the non-stick variety then of course the tin will need a light coat of melted butter and then a sprinkling of flour over that).
Bake at 180 degrees C for 50-60 minutes till a knitting needle/table knife comes out clean.
This cake goes really well with some creme anglaise or vanilla ice cream served on the side . It makes quite a fancy dessert at parties 🙂