Queen Elizabeth II Cake

I found this recipe on a piece of yellowed paper stuck in a notebook from Cousin Jane.

Pour 1 c. boiling water over 1 c. chopped dates & 1 tsp. soda. Let stand while the following is mixed.

1 c. sugar

1/4 c. butter

Cream

Add 1 beaten egg

Sift:

1 1/2 c. flour

1 tsp. b.p.

1/3 tsp. salt

Add flour mixture to creamed sugar & butter, mix. Then add the cooled dates. Add 1/3 c. nuts chopped, & add 1 tsp. vanilla. Bake in sheet pan (no larger than 8X12) 35 min in moderate oven.

Icing:

3 tb. brown sugar

2 tb. butter

4 tb. cream

Boil 3 min. & spread over cake. Sprinkle nuts & coconut over frosting if desired.