1cupbutter (the original recipe calls for margarine)
5tablespoonsbuttermilk or regular milk
1cupchopped nuts optional
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the pan of choice below. Combine the flour and sugar in a bowl. Bring the butter, cocoa, and water to a boil. Turn the stove off. Add the buttermilk, soda, eggs, and vanilla to the pan with the boiling mixture. Use a hand mixer to combine the flour and sugar in the pan, blend until smooth. Pour into a greased pan.
Baking time: jelly roll/cookie sheet, 20-35 minutes (when a toothpick comes out cleans)
Baking time: 9-inch by 13-inch pan, 35-40 minutes (when a toothpick comes out cleans)
Grab a medium saucepan and melt the butter, add the cocoa and the milk. Bring to a boil stirring constantly, add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and nuts. I make this frosting while the cake is baking and then spread it on the semi-cooled cake.