Recipes

Chocolate Sheet Cake

Today is my husband’s birthday. In honor of the occasion, I am publishing the recipe for his favorite cake. I always make this cake for his birthday. The recipe was given to me by our sister-in-law many, many years ago. Whenever we travel back to our home state she always has this cake ready for him. Our youngest child also requests this for her birthday.

CAKE:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk*
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 stick margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup shortening

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Mix sugar, cinnamon and flour together in large bowl.
  • Heat butter, cocoa, water and shortening in saucepan until it reaches boiling point.
  • Pour hot mixture over dry ingredients.
  • Add buttermilk with soda, eggs and vanilla.
  • Bake in a 11”x 15” (jelly roll) pan for 20 minutes.

ICING:

  • 1 stick margarine
  • 1 box powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

DIRECTIONS:

  • Put margarine, cocoa and milk in a sauce pan (I use the same one that was used to make the cake)
  • Heat until it begins to boil.
  • Remove from heat and add powdered sugar.
  • Mix well with mixer; add vanilla and nuts.
  • Pour over hot cake.

This cake is easy and quick to make. I love the fact that it can be iced hot.

* If you do not have buttermilk, you may add a little vinegar to regular milk to make sour milk.

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