Chocolate Sheet Cake

I think this recipe comes from the Johnson family, my sister in laws can confirm or deny as they wish.  Courtney graduated on Friday and today we are celebrating with both sets of grandparents and a steak and chicken barbeque after church.  The menu also includes Cheesy Potatoes (recipe already on the blog under Barbeque) and watermelon and rolls and this cake for dessert.


2 cups sugar

2 cups flour

1/3 cup cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup water

1 cup butter

2 eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt (I don’t know about you but I never have buttermilk in the fridge so you can make your own by taking 1 cup

milk and adding either 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar and letting it sit for 5 minutes before adding to recipe, so for this recipe 1/2 cup milk with 1/2 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice)

1 teaspoon vanilla


1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup cocoa

1 cup chopped nuts

6 tablespoons milk

4 cups powdered sugar

To make cake, combine dry ingredients and mix well.  Bring water and butter to a boil then pour over dry ingredients and mix well.  Beat in buttermilk, eggs and vanilla.  Pour batter (it will be thin) into a greased and floured 15 x 10″ pan.  Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.

To make frosting, bring butter, cocoa and milk to a boil.  Place nuts and sugar in a large bowl.  Pour cocoa mixture over sugar and blend well.  Spread over hot cake.

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