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The most wonderful chocolate cake. This recipe is a keeper. This recipe was given to me more than 30 years ago by my Mom’s neighbor, Sharon Kelley. I have changed the nuts over the years and have even made it without nuts for my son-in-law and my K-3 class at work. Baking it in the jelly roll pan gives more slices but in a brownie like piece which is easier for kids to handle.
Note: All ingredients need to be at room temperature.
Preheat oven to 400 F. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray.
Pour 1/2 cup buttermilk into a 1 cup measuring cup, add baking soda and stir. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl sift together flour and sugar and set aside.
In a medium sauce pan over medium heat combine the following: water, Crisco, 1/4 cup cocoa and 1 stick butter. Stir until combined and butter and crisco are melted. Cook until this mixture comes to a slight boil. Remove from heat and pour into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Add buttermilk/soda mixture and scrape to get all of the mixture into the bowl. Mix at medium speed using an electric mixer and continue until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time and mix well after each addition. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and mix well.
Pour into prepared pan and bake at 400 F for 20-22 minutes.
With about 5 minutes left on the baking time make the frosting: In a medium saucepan combine 1/3 cup buttermilk, 1/3 cup cocoa and 1 stick of butter over medium low heat and stir as butter melts. Once melted and combined stir constantly while cooking for about 3 minutes longer. Remove pan from heat and add powdered sugar. Mix well using an electric mixer. Once combined add 1 teaspoon vanilla and chopped nuts, mix well. Pour over the hot cake.
This can also be baked in a jelly roll pan, just reduce baking time to 15 minutes. Do not substitute margarine for butter. You may also use different nuts.
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