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Double Chocolate-Date Cake

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Chocolate Chip Topping
1 cup hot water
2/3 cup chopped dates
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons miniature semisweet
chocolate chips
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare Chocolate Chip Topping; reserve. Pour hot water over dates in small bowl. Let stand 5 minutes. Drain dates, reserving water. Mix flour, brown sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in ungreased square pan, 8 X 8 X 2 inches. Stir in dates. Add enough water to date water to measure 1 cup. Stir water mixture and remaining ingredients into flour mixture. Sprinkle with topping. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. 8 SERVINGS. MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS: Prepare as directed--except use round microwavable dish, 8 X 1-1/2 inches. Elevate dish on inverted pie plate in microwave oven. Microwave uncovered on medium (50%) 15 to 17 minutes, rotating dish 1/4 turn every 5 minutes, until top springs back when touched lightly. (Center of top may appear moist but will continue to cook while standing.) Let stand uncovered on heatproof surface 10 minutes (do not use rack). CHOCOLATE CHIP TOPPING Mix all ingredients.

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Contributor: Betty Crocker's Low-Fat

Yield: 8 servings

Preparation Time: 0:00

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