2 c. white sugar
2 c. butter
1 t. baking soda
1/2 c. buttermilk (dissolve baking soda in it)
3 1/2 c. flour
1 lb. dates, diced
1 lb. orange gummy candy slices, diced (kitchen shears work well for this)
1 c. coconut
2 c. chopped pecans
1 c. orange juice
1 t. grated orange rind
2 c. powdered sugar
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add buttermilk/baking soda mixture.
In large bowl, mix flour, dates, orange slices, coconut and nuts. Add sugar and egg mixture and mix well.
Pour into greased and floured tube pan (or 4 loaf pans). Bake at 250 for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until it springs back when touched.
Combine orange juice, rind and powdered sugar and pour over cake. (If making loaf pans, 1 1/2 this part of the recipe to make a bit more juice mixture to cover all loafs). Let stand in pan overnight. Before removing from pan, heat 10 minutes and cake will loosen from pan easily.