The first time I had this cake was in years gone by when we'd go to the homes of relatives or neighborhood friends when it was their birthday. Those 'going to' the party would bring some kind of dish to pass. My husband's Aunt Alma would make this cake. My opinion? Good, good, good.
1 cup chopped dates
1 and 1/2 cups boiling water
1 teaspoon baking soda
(Pour water over dates and soda-- set aside, and allow it to cool.)
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
(Cream sugar and shortening; add eggs; add cooled date/water/soda mixture and blend together.)
1 and 1/2 all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda (yes, more baking soda)
Add the above dry ingredients to the liquid mixture; mix only long enough to incorporate and then pour into greased and floured 9x13" cake pan/dish.
Next, top this 'raw' batter with the following. Sprinkle on:
1 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk chocolate)
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Lastly, evenly sprinkle 1/2 cup granulated sugar over that.
Bake at 350-degrees for about 30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out 'clean'.
The chips/nuts/granulated sugar on top makes its own sort of 'glaze topping'-- not needing to be frosted.