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What was the best chocolate cake you ever ate?

Serves 20 people.

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9 x 13 inch pan.

  2. Mix together 2 cups white sugar and 2 cups flour; put aside.

  3. In a sauce pan; combine 1/2 cup butter or margarine, oil, water, and 1/4 cup cocoa. Bring the liquid to a boil, then remove from the heat and stir in the dry ingredients.

  4. Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk; whisk in cocoa, flour mixture, eggs, salt, cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

  5. Pour batter into a 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  6. To make the frosting, put 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup cocoa, and 1/4 cup milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil five minutes before the cake is done.

  7. Remove from heat and stir in confectioners’ sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and chopped pecans. Spread the frosting over the heated cake. The cake stays moist and may be frozen.

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