Grandma Nita's Sheath Cake

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by Alleyicious

This recipe came from my Grandma, it's super chocolatey and delicious (:

Top Review by Mommy2two

This cake is delicious and so quick and easy, I'm glad I have it in my arsenal for unexpected guests or if I get a craving for something quick and chocolaty. It is moist and tender and the icing is super sweet and cocoa-y. I love that in the time it took to pre-heat the oven the cake was ready to go in, and I was able to ice it directly after it came out. Quick and easy! I thought the cinnamon might be too strong, but it really blended with the chocolate and I couldn't taste it once the cake was baked and frosted. I used the same saucean for the frosting as for the hot mixture in the cake. It worked just fine and was one less dish I had to wash! I made a few small subs, I didn't feel like measuring crisco so I used all butter in the cake. My buttermilk had gone bad so I just used sour milk (1/2 tsp vinegar with the 1/2 cup of milk). I happened to have dutch process cocoa so I used that instead of natural. The recipe had a few inconsistiencies. So I pre-heated my oven to 400 degrees instead of 350, and added my sugar to my flour *before* the hot mixture as it says in one of the steps (instead of adding it *after* the hot mixture as it says in one of the other steps). This would be a 5-star recipe if it were a little more clear. Revied for Spring PAC 2012.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift flour, add sugar into large mixing bowl.
  3. In sauce pan, add margarine, shortening, cocoa and water. Bring to a boil.
  4. Pour hot mixture over flour, and then add sugar. Mix well.
  5. Add buttermilk, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and eggs. Mix well.
  6. Pour batter onto well greased cookie sheet (15 1/2 x 10 1/2).
  7. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
  8. Now we make the frosting.
  9. 5 minutes before cake is done, combine and bring to a boil in a sauce pan: margarine, cocoa, and milk.
  10. Remove from heat. Add vanilla, and powdered sugar.
  11. Beat until smooth.
  12. Spread over cake while hot. Enjoy!

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