This cake was made every Christmas by my sister's German mother-in-law. She says it is delicious. My sister is in her 70s so this would be another Victorian era (or slightly later) cake recipe.
Christmas Date Cake
Mix together and let stand the four following ingredients:
1 small package of dates, cut up
1 cup of raisins
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup boiling water
Cream 1/2 cup butter (room temp) with 1 1/3 cups sugar, add 2 eggs and date mixture.
Add 1 1/2 cups cake flour, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 cup chopped nuts.
Pour into a tube or bundt pan that has been greased and floured.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
Frost with a cream cheese icing.