1/4 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 cup flour 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup nuts, chopped 1 cup boiling water 1 cup dates, chopped 1 teaspoon baking soda ***TOPPING*** 5 tablespoons sugar 5 tablespoons evaporated milk 2 tablespoons butter Toasted coconut and nuts
Pour boiling water over chopped dates. Let stand until cool and then add baking soda.
Cream sugar and butter well. Add eggs, flour, vanilla and nuts. Add date mixture. Pour into a long flat pan or a loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
Prepare Topping: Combine sugar, milk and butter in pan and boil until thick, approximately 3 minutes. Spread on top of cake and sprinkle with coconut and nuts.