1Heat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, mix all topping ingredients until well blended; set aside.
2In medium bowl, pour hot water over dates; stir in 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Let stand 5 minutes.
3Stir all remaining cake ingredients into date mixture until well blended. Pour into ungreased 8-inch square pan. Sprinkle with topping.
4Bake about 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.