|Water||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Baking soda||1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Pitted dates||1 Cup (16 tbs), chopped|
|All purpose flour||1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)|
|Baking powder||1 Teaspoon|
|Ground cinnamon||1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Butter/Margarine||1⁄4 Pound (1/2 cup)|
|Sugar||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Date frosting||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (adjust quantity as needed)|
Preheat oven to 350°.
Grease a 9-inch square baking pan and set aside.
In a 2-quart pan, bring water to a boil.
Add baking soda and stir until dissolved, then add dates and set aside to cool.
Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.
In a bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Pour off water from dates into butter mixture; beat until blended.
Stir in flour mixture.
Stir in dates and vanilla.
Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cool completely before frosting.