- 1 cup shortening
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 1 (8-ounce) package chopped dates
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons grated orange rind
- Orange Glaze
How to Make It
Cream shortening; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Dissolve soda in buttermilk. Add 3 1/2 cups flour to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Beat well after each addition. Dredge dates, pecans, and rind in remaining 1/2 cup flour.
Spoon batter into a greased 10-inch tube pan. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 25 minutes or until cake tests done.
While cake is still warm, prick surface at 1 inch intervals with a wooden pick; pour Orange Glaze over cake in pan. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan and cool completely.