• Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 drops red food coloring (optional)
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped almonds

Directions

  • In a saucepan, bring butter, cocoa and water to a boil. Cool. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour and salt. Pour cocoa mixture over dry ingredients; mix well. Combine buttermilk and baking soda; add to batter along with eggs, vanilla, and food coloring if desired. Mix until well combined. Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. greased and floured baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes. For frosting, melt butter, cocoa and buttermilk in a saucepan. Stir in sugar, vanilla and salt. Spread over warm cake. Top with nuts if desired.