Old Hermit Cake By Anonymous recipe Comments | 0 Favorites | 2 This recipe is over 100 years old and it tastes like hermit cookies. Use only butter in this recipe. Old Hermit Cake Ingredients 2 cups butter, softened3 cups packed brown sugar6 eggs1 lemon, juiced4 teaspoons vanilla extract4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour4 teaspoons baking powder2 teaspoons ground cinnamon1/4 teaspoon salt3 cups dates, pitted and chopped3 cups chopped walnuts Instructions 1 Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). 2 Cream butter and sugar together well. Beat in eggs one at a time. Mix in lemon juice and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients. Stir well. 3 Turn into greased and floured 10 inch angel food tube pan. Bake in oven for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours until an inserted wooden pick comes out clean.