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  • 2 c Light brown sugar; firmly packed
  • 1 c Shortening
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 c All-purpose flour
  • 2 ts Soda
  • 1/2 ts Salt
  • 1 tb Cinnamon
  • 1/2 ts Allspice
  • 1/2 ts Cloves
  • 2 c Beer
  • 1 c Chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 2 c Chopped dates
  • 1/2 c Butter; melted
  • 1 c Dark brown sugar; firmly packed
  • 1/4 c Milk
  • 1/4 ts Salt
  • 1 ts Vanilla
  • 2 c Powdered sugar


Cake: Cream brown sugar and shortening until smooth. Add eggs, blending well. Sift dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternately with beer, beating well after each addition. Stir in nuts and dates. Spoon batter into a well-greased and floured 10 inch tube pan. Bake at 350ΓΈ for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cool. Frost with caramel frosting, if desired.
Frosting: Combine butter and brown sugar. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Add milk and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Add salt, vanilla and powdered sugar. Beat to spreading consistency. Makes about 3 cups. Yield: 10 to 12 servings.
From <Traditions: A Taste of the Good Life>, by the Little Rock (AR) Junior League. Downloaded from Glen's MM Recipe Archive,