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  • 2 cups - Sugar
  • 2 cups - Flour
  • 1/2 cups - Shortening, I use Crisco
  • 1 sticks - Margarine, I use Parkay or Bluebonnet
  • 1 cups - Water
  • 4 tablespoons - Cocoa, I use Hershey's
  • 1/2 cups - Buttermilk, I substitute 1 T. white vinegar plus milk to make 1/2 cup
  • 2 - Eggs, Slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoons - Baking soda
  • 1 teaspoons - Salt
  • 1 teaspoons - Vanilla
  • Icing
  • 1 sticks - Margarine, I use Parkay or Bluebonnet
  • 4 tablespoons - Cocoa, I use Hershey's
  • 6 tablespoons - Milk
  • 1 boxes - Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoons - Vanilla
  • 1 cups - Broken Nuts, Optional (Mine was made without)
  • Directions:

    Sift sugar and flour together. In a saucepan, bring to a boil the shortening, margarine, water and cocoa. Pour over flour mixture while still hot. Add the buttermilk, beaten eggs, soda, salt and vanilla. Bake in a large cookie sheet that has been greased and floured. Bake in a 400 degree pre-heated oven for 20 minutes (no longer).
    While cake is baking, make the icing.
    Icing: Bring to a boil the margarine, cocoa and milk. Add the sifted powdered sugar (I don't sift it), vanilla and nuts. Spread over the cake while both are hot.

    Brief Description

    Incredibly moist and chocolatey cake. Fast and easy to make. A hit at every family function!

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    Category:  Cakes

    Cuisine:  American

    Prep Time: 10 min
    Cook Time: 20 min


    I usually set the timer on the cake for 15 minutes. At that point I begin making the icing. Then it is ready after the cake bakes for 5 more minutes. Take cake out and pour frosting on immediately. It gets better the longer it sits. Just incredibly moist. I have been making this recipe for over 40 years and it has never failed. People just can't get enough of it. Enjoy!


    Got from a friend, Lyndy Justice, 43 years ago.

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    November 21, 2021

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