Chocolate Date Cake, Southwestern-style Recipe

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A moist fudgy cake with the spicy flavors of ground red chili and cinnamon, great compliments to chocolate. No icing is needed. Delicious served with a scoop of coffee ice cream!

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Servings: 9-10


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  • 1 cup whole pitted dates, coarsely chopped
  • 1 stick (½ cup) butter, cut in pieces
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground red chili (such as New Mexican), or substitute ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper or more to your preference
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • ½ cup chopped pecans


  1. In a medium saucepan bring dates and 1 cup water to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat. Add butter and sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved and butter is melted. Stir in baking soda until dissolved. Blend in egg and vanilla.
  2. Sift together flour, cocoa, salt, ground red chili or cayenne, and cinnamon. Stir into date mixture. Then stir in ½ cup chocolate chips and chopped pecans. Pour into a well greased 9-inch round spring form pan, or a 8-inch square cake pan. Sprinkle remaining ½ cup chocolate chips over top. Bake spring form cake 40 to 45 minutes or until it tests done. The square cake may take less time. Remove and cool on a wire rack. Cut into wedges or squares and serve each with a scoop of ice cream. Coffee ice cream goes especially well with these Southwestern flavors.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 113g
Recipe makes 9 servings
Calories 467  
Calories from Fat 169 36%
Total Fat 19.17g 24%
Saturated Fat 10.39g 42%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 302mg 13%
Potassium 303mg 9%
Total Carbs 71.21g 19%
Dietary Fiber 3.9g 13%
Sugars 49.71g 33%
Protein 5.64g 9%



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