Chocolate Sheet Cake ( aka Texas Sheet Cake)

 From my friend, Kate MacDonald

Cake


2 cups flour
2 sticks (1 c.) butter
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
½ c. buttermilk
1 c. water
3-6 Tbsp. cocoa
2 eggs – well beaten
1 tsp. vanilla

Sift flour, sugar and salt,  Bring to boil butter, water and cocoa.  Pour over flour an dmix.  Beat eggs separately and add soda, buttermilk and vanilla.  Combine all.  Bake in greased shallow pan (15 X 10 inches minimum) at 350°F for 20-25 minutes

Icing


1 stick (½ c.) butter
3-6 Tbsp. cocoa
6 Tbsp. buttermilk
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
½ c. chopped nuts (optional)

Mix butter, cocoa and milk.  Heat over low heat until melted but DO NOT BOIL.  Remove from heat.  Add vanilla and stir.  Add sugar and stir.  Frost cake while still hot.

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