Bake #43 at The Home Bakers (THB), Chocolate-Topped Date Cake is selected by Angela of The Charmed Cupcakes.
As you can read from the title, I have used prunes instead of dates. Firstly I do not have any dates, and secondly I really need to clear the prunes from my pantry!
I made half a recipe, used a 6" loose-bottomed pan. Mixed the batter by hand since it was a small amount. I have omitted the chocolates in the batter, using only the prunes which I've sliced to pieces, scatter with baking soda in a bowl, and pour in hot boiling water, leaving it to soak until it comes to room temperature, following the method in the recipe for dates. I have reduced the sugar to a quarter amount from the full recipe for half a cake, and it was just nice. For the topping, I have used only a scattering of chocolate chips, keeping it simple. Originally, the recipe for the topping uses chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, sugar and cocoa powder.
The cake is moist, soft, tender and lovely eaten with a cup of tea.
We are a group of home bakers who are currently baking from "Coffee Cakes" by Lou Seibert Pappas. This is our bake no. 43 and we have 17 recipes more to go.