Yield: about 1 1/2 dozen cupcakes
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2/3 cup buttermilk
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Orange Syrup
- Cream shortening; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Dissolve soda in buttermilk, stirring well. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Combine dates and pecans; dredge in remaining 1/2 cup flour, and fold into batter.
- Spoon batter into greased muffin pans, filling only two-thirds full. Bake at 375° for 12 to 14 minutes or until cupcakes test done. Spoon Orange Syrup over cupcakes.
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