Aunt Lorraine's Gopher Cake

I love the old names for these recipes. So much better than what they do now days, "Chocolate Cake with Dates, Chocolate Chips and Nuts"??? How uninteresting is that!!!??? I'll take "Gopher Cake" anyday!!! ;~) This was submitted by my Aunt Lorraine years ago in our family cookbook.

1 c. dates

1 tsp. baking soda

1 1/4 c. boiling water

Pour water and baking soda over dates and let stand.

Cream together:

3 T. cocoa

2 eggs, beaten

Dash of salt

1 tsp. vanilla

Add creamed mixture. Add alternatley to 1 1/4 cups sifted flour. Place this mixture in a 9X12 inch pan. Cover this mixture with 1 cup chocolate chips, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup nuts. Bake at 350° for 40 to 50 minutes.