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Chocolate Sheet Cake

Meet the Cook: The biggest compliment I've ever gotten on this cake might have come when I baked it for my son's 11th birthday party last fall. The children were full after eating pizza, veggies and dip, etc. - but each of them asked for seconds! -Dianne Medwid, Dauphin, Manitoba
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    20 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ICING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine the first four ingredients; set aside. In a small saucepan, bring butter, cocoa and water to a boil. Immediately remove from the heat. Add to dry ingredients and mix well.
  • In a small bowl, beat eggs. Add buttermilk and vanilla; mix well. Stir into cocoa mixture. Pour into a greased 15x10-x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 375° for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan, bring the butter, cocoa and milk to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; add sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Spread over hot cake; immediately sprinkle with nuts. Cool completely on a wire rack.

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