---------- Recipe via Meal-Master (tm) v8.05
       Title: DATE-TOPPED CAKE
  Categories: Cakes
       Yield: 9 Servings
            -MARY WILSON  BWVB02B
       1 c  Dates; chopped
       1 ts Soda
       1 c  Boiling water
   1 1/2 c  All-purpose flour
       1 ts Baking powder
     1/3 ts Salt
       1 c  Sugar
       1    Egg; beaten
       1 tb Butter or margarine; melted
     1/2 c  Nuts; chopped
 --------------------------------DATE TOPPING--------------------------------
       1 c  Sugar
     2/3 c  Boiling water
         ds Salt
       1 c  Pitted dates; chopped
     1/2 c  Nuts; chopped
     Pit and cut up dates; add soda dissolved in boiling water and let stand
   In bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar; add to dates along
   with egg and butter. Mix well; stir in nuts. Turn into greased 80inch
   baking pan.  Bake in 350~F oven for 55 minutes.
   Topping:  Combine sugar, boiling water, salt, pitted dates and nuts. Pour
   over cake as soon as it comes from over. Let cake cool in pan. Serve warm
   or cold, topped with whipped cream, if desired. Makes 9 servings.