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Grandma’s Chocolate Sheet Cake

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This is a favorite of my family.  My mom likes to call it funeral cake, because she takes it to our church for the family dinner after funerals.  Kids will absolutely love this cake!  I guarantee you it will be gone in no time.  Buttermilk is one ingredient you probably don’t keep in your refrigerator; my family always makes 2 cakes at once.  Since you already have everything out and the dirty dishes, you might as well make an extra cake to stick in the freezer.  It is wonderful even out of the freezer. 

Although it uses 3 bowls and does dirty a few more dishes than a normal cake, it is more than worth the few extra dishes.  I do not have a dishwasher so I always think about how many dishes I will dirty when making a recipe.  Sometimes, I feel like my life is spent doing dishes…yuck.  Grab a glass of milk, cut yourself a giant piece of cake, and enjoy.  You WILL be back for seconds on this one!


Grandma’s Chocolate Sheet Cake

1st bowl:

  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 t. salt

2nd bowl:

  • 1 stick oleo
  • 1/2 c. crisco oil
  • 1 c. water
  • 4 T. cocoa powder

3rd bowl:

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 t. cocoa powder
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk
  • 1 t. vanilla

Sift dry ingredients in bowl 1.  Place the ingredients of bowl 2 in microwave 1 minute; stir, then microwave an additional minute until ingredients have melted.  Then pour over bowl 1 and mix well.  Mix the ingredients of bowl 3.  Add ingredients from bowl 3 to mixture; mix well.  Place in greased and floured sheet pan (an 11×14 inch pan) for 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees.


  • 1/2 stick oleo
  • 3 T. milk
  • 1 1/2 T. cocoa
  • 1  1/2 t. vanilla
  • 2-3 c. powdered sugar

After cake has cooled for about 15 minutes, place the oleo, milk and cocoa in a bowl and microwave about 1 minute.  When melted, add vanilla and powdered sugar.


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