Good old fashioned chocolate cake with homemade chocolate frosting. A family favorite for many many years.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10x15 inch jellyroll pan. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

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  • In a saucepan combine 1/2 cup margarine, shortening, 1/4 cup cocoa and water. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Pour the liquid mixture over the flour, sugar mixture; stir well. Blend in eggs and buttermilk.

  • Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cake cool 10 minutes, then frost while still warm.

  • To make the Frosting: In a saucepan combine 1/2 cup margarine, milk and 1/4 cup cocoa. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Mix in confectioners' sugar. Pour over warm cake

Nutrition Facts

604 calories; 25.7 g total fat; 37 mg cholesterol; 377 mg sodium. 92.1 g carbohydrates; 4.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (34)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2005
This recipe has been around in our family for about 80 years and is certainly a family favorite--especially mine! It's very moist and chocolatey! A couple of things to consider: 1) it's a great cake even without the salt shortening and cinnamon; 2) for an extra special treat-add Nestle's chocolate chips to the batter...they work their way to the bottom and are a great chocolatey treat when you eat; 3) the frosting is great with pecans or walnuts and is much easier to work with if you put it on while both the frosting and the cake are still warm. You'll love this recipe...it's really delicious! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/26/2005
this was very dry.i should have known better then to use a recipe calling for unsweetened cocoa using bars of unsweetened chocolate works much better.it didnt have much of a chocolate taste.the frosting calls for way too much sugar. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2005
This recipe has been around in our family for about 80 years and is certainly a family favorite--especially mine! It's very moist and chocolatey! A couple of things to consider: 1) it's a great cake even without the salt shortening and cinnamon; 2) for an extra special treat-add Nestle's chocolate chips to the batter...they work their way to the bottom and are a great chocolatey treat when you eat; 3) the frosting is great with pecans or walnuts and is much easier to work with if you put it on while both the frosting and the cake are still warm. You'll love this recipe...it's really delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2005
This recipe has been around in our family for about 80 years and is certainly a family favorite--especially mine! It's very moist and chocolatey! A couple of things to consider: 1) it's a great cake even without the salt shortening and cinnamon; 2) for an extra special treat-add Nestle's chocolate chips to the batter...they work their way to the bottom and are a great chocolatey treat when you eat; 3) the frosting is great with pecans or walnuts and is much easier to work with if you put it on while both the frosting and the cake are still warm. You'll love this recipe...it's really delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2020
7.14.10 ... http://allrecipes.com/recipe/17899/chocolate-sheet-cake-i/ ... This is the second best MEDIUM chocolate cake. It's a close second to Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake. This has a thin batter so doesn't round too much. Notes4Me: IT of two! second best medium cake. thin batter. Close second to old fashioned. Eric's second favorite ... Old Fashioned Cake ingredients (only diff is vanilla) but use these directions= combne dry. Boil water, butter & cocoa for a minute then add to dry. Combine buttermilk, eggs & vanilla. Add. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/05/2010
Very moist cake! I added some chocolate chips to make it more "chocolatety". Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2003
Really good. I used butter instead of margarine. Some chopped walnuts in the icing would be good too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/31/2003
This is the best! Can't miss. I've had this recipe for 20 years and still the favorite. I use walnuts or pecans in the icing and sometimes omit the cinnamon. I usually use a 9x13 pan. Try it you will receive raves. Thanks Kim for listing...I'm out of town and needed this recipe. Saved me a long distance call. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2009
Just made this for my son's 9th birthday. He is a chocolate lover and he and his friends ate until the last bite and asked for more. Said it was the best chocolate cake ever! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2008
After the first batch I made some modifications. The recipe as is is a little bland and does not rise very much. I am making cupcakes doubling the recipe (first try was single recipe). For a double recipe: I add an extra egg and 2 tsp vanilla I substitute butter for margarine and use 1/2 brown sugar 1/2 white sugar then I use heaping measurements for the baking soda cinnamon & cocoa. Double recipe makes 32 FULL cupcakes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/13/2009
Very good basic chocolate cake that everyone loves and is easy to make. It is the perfect birthday cake for a large crowd not to mention that a scoop of vanilla icecream fits right on top!. I do have to say that when I read some of the other reviews that say it is tasteless dry etc.etc. and not just this recipe but others as well I ask you this question... are your ingredients fresh? 2 year old cinnamon and old baking chocolate lose their flavor. Also shortening and vegetable oil that has been sitting in the back of a pantry for a long time gets rancid. So check those spices for freshness and I am sure you will have better results with the wonderful recipes on this website. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2006
Just like mom used to make. Takes a little more time but worth in!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/26/2005
this was very dry.i should have known better then to use a recipe calling for unsweetened cocoa using bars of unsweetened chocolate works much better.it didnt have much of a chocolate taste.the frosting calls for way too much sugar. Read More
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