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Date Cake #2                                                         Grandma Petersen (Lil)

1 cup dates                                                            1 tsp. soda

1 1/4 cups hot water                                            3/4 cup shortening

1 tsp. salt                                                                1 cup sugar

2 eggs                                                                     2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder


Put dates in  bowl and add soda and water.  Let stand.  Mix the shortening, salt, sugar and eggs together.  Sift baking powder with the flour.  Add date mixture and flour alternately to batter



1/2 cup brown sugar                                           2/3 pkg. chocolate chips

1/2 to 1 cup walnuts, chopped


Sprinkle  topping ingredients evenly over cake in order listed.  Bake 40 minutes at 350 degrees.