I found this book on a garage sale about 15 years ago. It was a book of favourite family recipes, lovingly submitted by the members of Michigan WSCS Methodist Church. Of course, I could not resist buying it.
Here is one of my favourite cake recipes from this book. I adjusted it a bit by reducing the amount of sugar from 1 cup, as the original recipe called for, to 1/4 cup, and increasing the amount of dates instead. You may skip sugar at all, if you wish. Dates give enough sweetness to the cake.
DATE NUT CAKE
1/4 c brown sugar 1 c boiling water
2 Tbs lard ( or the same amount of ghee) 1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla 1 1/2 c flour
1/2 cup chopped nut meats 1 1/3 cup chopped dates
dash of salt
Pour boiling water over dates, nuts ans soda. Let it sit for an hour or so. Mash mixture with a spoon.
Mix sugar, lard, vanilla, salt. Add mixture to dates and nuts pure.
Add flour last. Beat well.
Bake in 350F oven for 35 min.
Enjoy! And let me know if you liked it.