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Monday, November 19 2012

The frosting for this fruity spice cake is a mixture of sour cream and whipping cream sweetened with sugar and a hint of almond extract.


Date and Spice Cake
Recipe from 
Servings: Makes about 3 cups.
Prep Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 35 mins
    2/3  cup  butter
     8-oz. pkg.  chopped pitted dates
    2-1/2  cups  all-purpose flour
    1-1/2  tsp.  baking powder
    3/4  tsp.  baking soda
    1/2  tsp. each  ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves
    1/2  cup  granulated sugar
    1/2  cup  packed brown sugar
     tsp.  vanilla
    1-1/4  cups  half-and-half or light cream
    1/4  cup  molasses
     recipe  Sour Cream Frosting
        Vanilla ice cream (optional)
        Ground cinnamon or ground nutmeg
Let eggs and butter stand at room temperature 30 minutes. In small bowl combine dates and boiling water to cover. Let stand 15 minutes; drain and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. In bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices; set aside.
In 4-quart bowl beat butter on medium to high speed 30 seconds. Beat in sugars and vanilla until combined. Add eggs one at a time, beating 1 minute after each. In bowl stir together half-and-half and molasses. Alternately add flour mixture and molasses mixture to egg mixture; beat on low after each until combined (may appear curdled). Stir in dates. Spread batter in prepared pans.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on rack 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely.
Prepare Sour Cream Frosting. Place one layer flat side up on plate; spread 2/3 cup frosting. Stack second layer flat side up; spread remaining frosting. Cover and refrigerate. Serve with ice cream lightly dusted with cinnamon or nutmeg. Makes 12 servings.
Sour Cream Frosting: Beat together one 8-oz. carton dairy sour cream, 1 cup whipping cream, 3/4 cup powdered sugar, and 1/4 tsp. almond extract on medium until thick and nearly holds stiff peaks. Makes about 3 cups.
nutrition information
Per serving: Calories 517, Total Fat 26 g, Saturated Fat 16 g, Monounsaturated Fat 7 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 125 mg, Sodium 250 mg, Carbohydrate 67 g, Total Sugar 41 g, Fiber 2 g, Protein 4 g. Daily Values: Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 15%, Iron 13%. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie die 
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