Texas Sheet Cake with Frosting


2 C sugar
2 C flour
dash of salt
1/2 C Crisco
1 1/2 C margarine or butter
1 C water
4 Tbsp cocoa
1/2 C buttermilk
2 eggs, well beaten
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. vanilla

6 Tbsp. butter or margarine
3 Tbsp. cocoa
1 1/4 C milk
2 1/2 C plus 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 C chopped nuts, optional

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease and flour and large cookie sheet or jelly roll pan.
2. In a large bowl, sift together sugar, flour and salt. Set aside.
3. In a large saucepan, combine Crisco, margarine, water and cocoa. Bring to boil. Pour over flour mixture while still hot. Stirring well.
4. Add buttermilk, eggs, soda, and salt to mixture in bowl. Stir well and pour into prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes.

1. In a saucepan combine, margarine, cocoa, and milk; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and add powdered sugar, vanilla and chopped nuts, if desired.
2. Spread over cake while both are still hot.

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