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Chocolate Dappled Date Cake

Submitted by Gayle 11 June 2009



cups of pitted dates halved ,1 1/4 cups hot coffee,2/3 cup butter,1/2 cup sugar,1/4 cup brown sugar lightly packed,1 teaspoon vanilla extract,2 large eggs,1 cup unbleached white flour,1/2 cup cocoa powder ,1 teaspoon baking soda,1/2 teaspoon salt,1/2 cup good-quality chocolate chips,


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 10-inch round cake pan, line the bottom with a round of parchment paper and butter the paper as well. Set aside. Loosely fill a 2-cup measure with the pitted, halved dates and cover with the hot coffee. Let sit for 5 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.

2. Cream together the butter and sugars until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla extract. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda into the butter-egg mixture. Mix gently to combine.

3. Pour the dates and coffee into a blender or use an immersion blender to puree the mixture completely. Add the pureed dates to the batter and blend to combine.

4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the top evenly with the chocolate chips.Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until the edges begin to pull away from the side of the pan. Cool the pan on a rack until cool enough to handle, then gently turn the cake out onto a cake plate. Serve at room temperature.

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