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.
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.