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Aunt Ree's Chocolate Cake - This recipe is easy, made from scratch and is the best chocolate cake ever!
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Aunt Ree's Chocolate Cake

Aunt Ree's Chocolate Cake - This recipe is easy, made from scratch and is the best chocolate cake ever!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: boiled icing, buttermilk, cake, chocolate, old fashioned, sheet
Servings: 12
Calories: 596kcal
Author: Don't Sweat The Recipe

Ingredients

Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16 oz confectioners sugar (icing sugar)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400F degrees.
  • Prepare a 13x9 pan or 2 8x8 pans with baking spray or butter and flour.
  • Whisk together flour and sugar.
  • In a small pan, add the butter, cocoa, water, and oil. Bring to a boil and mix well. Pour into the flour/sugar mixture.
  • Add the beaten eggs, soda and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Pour into the prepared pan (or pans) and bake for 20 minutes.
  • When you remove the cake from the oven, start the frosting.
  • For the frosting:
  • Add the butter, cocoa, and milk to a medium pan and bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly.
  • Once the mixture is to a boil remove it from the heat, add the vanilla and confectioners sugar and mix well.
  • Pour the icing evenly over the entire cake. Allow to cool completely.

Notes

You could certainly use this recipe in a jelly roll pan. The original recipe calls for an 11x16 pan.
This recipe divides in half beautifully, using an 8x8 pan.!

Nutrition

Calories: 596kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 255mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 71g | Vitamin A: 546IU | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg