1In large bowl, pour boiling water on dates. Stir in 1 teaspoon baking soda. Cool about 15 minutes or until lukewarm.
2In small bowl, mix all topping ingredients; set aside.
3Heat oven to 350°F. Stir all cake ingredients into date mixture. Pour into ungreased 9-inch square pan. Sprinkle with topping.
4Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 2 hours.