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.


  • 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


  • 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.


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


  • 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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