Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

A co-worker recently made a version of this for our Christmas party and it was VERY good. I found this recipe in the "King's Daughters Hospital Centennial Cookbook".

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For cake: Mix sugar and flour in a large bowl.
  2. Combine butter, water, shortening, and cocoa in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Pour cocoa mixture over the sugar and flour; stir well.
  4. Add sour cream, eggs, baking soda, cinnamon, and vanilla; mix well.
  5. Pour into a greased 11x16-inch oblong cake pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.
  7. For icing: Mix butter, cocoa, and milk in saucepan and bring to boil.
  8. Remove from heat and add powdered sugar and vanilla; beat well with mixer.
  9. Stir in nuts.
  10. Spread on cake while warm.
Most Helpful

Great cake. Made it for my son's birthday gathering this summer and it was perfect. Everyone enjoyed it!

RedHotBeads August 29, 2003

I made this for a church catering job so I didn't get to taste the completed cake but wanted to at least comment on the recipe. It was very easy to make and I liked the addition of cinnamon in the batter which was different from other recipes. The icing was very tasty and also very easy. I didn't use a mixer for the icing just mixed the sugar in with a spoon. Left out the nuts. Thanks for the recipe! -Nov 14, 2005. Update: I finally had a chance to make this again, this time for a co-worker's birthday. I used a whisk to mix the icing by hand (instead of the spoon I used last time). This was awesome with vanilla bean ice cream and it got many many compliments by my co-workers. I will definitely be making it again as it was so simple to make and tasty to boot! Thanks again for the recipe!

flower7 August 27, 2008

I have made this twice now and everyone loves it. It reminds me of the cake a friend of my moms used to make that I loved so much as a little girl. Thank you.

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