She also gave my grandmother a recipe for my favorite cake: a chocolate-date-pecan dream. I made it last night to take to a birthday party this weekend.
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup hot water
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Combine dates, baking soda and hot water; set aside to cool. Sift together the flour, salt, and cocoa powder. Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Beat in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture and date mixture to the batter alternating about a third of a portion of each. Pour batter into a 9x13 inch cake pan (sprayed with a non-stick spray). Sprinkle the pecans and chocolate chips over the top and gently press into batter. Bake at 350ºF for 30 minutes.