1Pour boiling water over the chopped dates. Let stand while measuring dry ingredients.
2Mix dry ingredients (sugar, soda, salt, cocoa and flour)
3Add in to dry mixture the oil, egg and vanilla. Mix together then add and stir in date mixture to cake mix.
4Pour into greased 13 x 9 cake pan. Add on top of mix the 1 cup of choc. chips and 1 cup of chopped nuts (DO NOT MIX). Bake at 350* for 30 to 35 minutes.