This recipe was written by Brian Miller for The New York Times.
8 ounces pitted dates, chopped
1 teaspoon baking soda
5 tablespoons sugar
1 ¼ cups flour (Bette Hagmans gluten-free Blend)
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ¾ tablespoons baking powder
¼ cup heavy cream
4 ounces brown sugar
Optional:: 1 pint whipped cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 9 inch, high sided pan. Place dates in saucepan, cover with water and bring to boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook 3 minutes. Add baking soda and set aside. Cream 1 stick butter, sugar and eggs, adding eggs 1 at a time. Gently fold in flour, salt and ½ teaspoon vanilla. Slowly stir in the baking powder and ¼ cup of the date cooking liquid until the cake mixture resembles thick pancake batter (discard rest of liquid). Stir in dates.
Bake 30-40 minutes or until cooked in the center. Make the sauce by combining 1 stick of butter, ¼ cup cream, brown sugar, ½ teaspoon vanilla. Bring to boil reduce to simmer, cook 3 minutes. Presentation: Drizzle some of the sauce over cake as it is cooling. Serve the rest of the sauce separately and garnish with whipped cream.