Mabel’s Date Cake

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This recipe is from my (late) Great Aunt Mabel. She and Uncle Roy moved from Winnipeg to Souris after retiring, so Mom had family in town to have coffee with. Auntie Mabel gave the recipe to my Mom, who gave the recipe to me.

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Mabel's Date Cake

Joan Donogh
Date cake with walnut and butterscotch chip topping.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12



  • 1 cup dates chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted shortening or butter
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 package 6 oz. butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts



  • Start this cake the night before: combine dates, boiling water and baking soda. Cool and leave to soak overnight.
  • The next day: beat eggs, sugar and shortening together. Stir in flour and baking powder. Mix until smooth. Add dates.
  • Pour batter into a greased 9 by 13 inch cake pan.


  • Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over top of the cake. Sprinkle butterscotch chips over, then walnuts.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F. for 40 minutes.


1 Comment

  1. Karen S.

    5 stars
    This recipe is soooooo similar to my Mabel’s Dessert. My recipe came from my mother’s older cousin Mabel (her husband’s name was George, though). Change the brown sugar to white in the topping and change the butterscotch chips to semi-sweet chocolate chips. This becomes everyone’s new favorite as soon as they taste it. Somebody always wants the recipe. I’ve learned to just bring a copy of the recipe with me when I take this cake anywhere.


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