Chocolate Sheet Cake

This is a cake my husband's grandma used to make for family gatherings. Everyone always loved it. I hope you will too.

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 cup water
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup cocoa
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In small saucepan, melt shortening and butter; stir in cocoa, then add water. Bring to a rapid boil. Remove from heat. In large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and cinnamon. Stir in butter mixture. Add buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well. Pour into greased 10x15" jellyroll pan. Bake 15-20 minutes or until cake springs back when touched.

To prepare icing, melt butter in medium saucepan with cocoa, and milk. Bring to boil. Stir in vanilla. Add powdered sugar and nuts. Mix well. Spread on warm cake.
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  1. Anonymous9/21/2012

    So excited to see the sheet cake recipe as it brings back happy memories of my great aunt's in Texas. One, then two pieces of this cake was just not enough, so she made a second one! So yummy!

    1. Hope you'll give it a try and like it as much as your aunt's. Yummy with ice cream!