Aunt Betty’s Texas Sheet Cake

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Aunt Betty is my husband’s aunt – his dad’s sister.   She is an amazing woman.   She’s a dedicated mother, grandmother & great grand-mother.   All her “kids” come & go freely at her house & she’s always busy helping them with something.   After my father-in-law died,  Aunt Betty took my mother-in-law under her wing.   Aunt Betty & Uncle Johnny took Frances out west on trips twice & they had such great fun.   Frances wrote a journal of one of her trips & it’s great fun to read it every once in a while.    She would come back so excited about all the sights she had seen.    Aunt Betty & Uncle Johnny, when he was alive, would join us for family meals & Christmas Eve family gatherings.   Aunt Betty seems to stay busy all the time with her family, extended family &  three organizations she is active in.

I’m not sure how old this recipe is, but I’m pretty sure it’s a least 25 or more years old.    Fifteen or twenty years ago she shared this recipe with a local newspaper so some of you may already have it.   But it’s too good not to share again.

Texas Sheet Cake

2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour                                      2 cups sugar

2 sticks (1 cup)  margarine                                                   5 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa

1 cup water                                                                                  2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 tsp baking soda                                                                       1/2 cup buttermilk

1 tsp vanilla extract

Grease & lightly flour a 10x15x1 inch jelly-roll pan.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and sugar.

In a large, heavy saucepan put 2 sticks margarine, 5 Tbsp cocoa & 1 cup water.  Heat until mixture starts boiling, stirring well.  Add flour – sugar mixture blending well.

In a medium bowl, beat eggs, stir soda into buttermilk;  add to eggs along with vanilla.   Add buttermilk mixture to the flour & cocoa mixture.  Mix well.   Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake about 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

Frosting

1 stick margarine                            3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa                           6 Tbsp milk

1 lb box powdered sugar              1 tsp vanilla                                                         1 cup chopped pecans

During the last 5 minutes of baking time mix margarine, cocoa & milk in a heavy saucepan.  Heat to boiling, stirring well.

Add powdered sugar, vanilla & pecans.  Mix well.  Pour hot frosting over hot cake spreading evenly.  Cool.

My mother-in-law & Aunt Betty at Petrified Forrest in Arizona in 1992

My mother-in-law & Aunt Betty at Petrified Forrest in Arizona in 1992

I love this photo of Aunt Betty when she was a young girl

I love this photo of Aunt Betty when she was a young girl

Aunt Betty & Uncle Johnny
in 2006

Aunt Betty in center with two nieces & a nephew in 1956

Aunt Betty in center with two nieces & a nephew in 1956

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