Texas Hot Cocoa Cake

READY IN: 2hrs 10mins
Recipe by ratherbeswimmin

Originally from an Austin, TX community cookbook. Family favorite.

Top Review by sarabeth123

I made this cake for my husband's birthday. Whoa Nellie!! Nothing but fabulous. Intense chocolate flavor. Served warm is the only way to eat it too. We both threw our heads back and let out a gasp. Worth 10 billion stars as far as we are concerned. Thanks Nurse Di.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine in saucepan cocoa, butter, oil, and water.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring; let cool.
  3. Combine sugar and flour in a large bowl.
  4. Pour cocoa mixture, when cooled, over flour and sugar; and beat until smooth.
  5. Combine buttermilk, eggs, soda, cinnamon and vanilla; then beat into above mixture.
  6. Grease and flour a 13x9 inch pan; bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
  7. Frosting: Start 10 minutes before baking is done.
  8. Combine frosting ingredients except for confectioner's sugar in a bowl, mix.
  9. Add confectioner's sugar; stir well, then beat until thick.
  10. Spoon frosting over hot cake.
  11. Top with nuts if desired.

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