The easiest way to pit your dates is to just tear them open with your fingers and dig the pits out. And since they are super sticky, rather than chopping them with a knife on a cutting board, I just dumped my dates, boiling water, baking soda and vanilla into the food process and pulsed a few times until the dates were chopped pretty fine and everything was combined.
If you want to make these ahead of time, let the cakes cool completely and store them in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. When you are ready to serve them, drizzle each cake with some toffee sauce and heat in the oven at 350 degrees for 5 minutes until warmed through.
Lightly adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.