2 cups of flour
2 cups of sugar
2 sticks of margarine
1 cup of water
2 heaping tablespoons of cocoa

Sift flour and sugar together in large mixing bowl. Mix cocoa and margarine with water and bring to a rapid boil. Pour over dry ingredients. Mix well. Add:

2 eggs
½ cup of buttermilk
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Bake in 375° F oven in (15 ½ x 10) (12 x 14) large pan for twenty minutes. Smaller pan thirty minutes.


1 stick of butter
5 tablespoons of milk
2 tablespoons of cocoa
bring to a boil. Add 1 box of powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Optional: ½ cup of nuts or 3 oz. of cream cheese.

Recipe courtesy of Laura’s maternal grandmother, Nana.