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Baked in loaf pans, this moist cake, with its broiled coconut topping, makes a tasty gift for coworkers and neighbors.

Source: Family Circle

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
bake:
40 mins
broil:
1 min
total:
1 hr 1 min
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings (8 slices per loaf)
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Ingredients

Cake:
Frosting:

Directions

Cake:
  • Heat oven to 350°F. Coat two 5-3/4 x 3 x 2-1/8-inch mini loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray.

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  • In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar and salt. Set aside.

  • Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add dates, shortening, baking soda and vanilla. Stir until shortening is melted. Remove from heat; stir into dry ingredients. Add egg and beat with a wooden spoon until all ingredients are combined. Stir in walnuts.

  • Divide between prepared loaf pans. Bake at 350°F for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Turn out onto rack; cool completely.

Frosting:
  • Heat broiler. In a small saucepan, melt butter and sugar. Stir in cream and coconut. Spread frosting equally over the two loaves. Broil for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes until lightly browned. Let loaves cool completely.

  • To present as a gift, place cooled cake in decorative tin or wrap in pretty paper.

Nutrition Facts

262 calories; fat 11g; cholesterol 21mg; saturated fat 4g; carbohydrates 40g; insoluble fiber 2g; protein 3g; sodium 141mg.
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