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Most families have annual traditions around the holiday season no matter which holiday they celebrate. One common tradition in households across the country is making different kinds of food. Families in every part of the United States have special recipes specific to the holiday season. In my family, one of those recipes is a buttermilk sheet cake.

This recipe has been in my family for a few generations, and it has been a beloved favorite for a while. Although we have not had it in recent years over the holidays, the cake still holds a special place in our hearts.

My grandpa’s aunt was the one who made the cake a regular treat, and since her passing, my grandma has made it a few times for the holidays and has made copies of the recipe for other members of the family.

The Cake Recipe:

2 cups flour

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 sticks of margarine

4 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder

1 cup water

2 eggs

½ cups buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Cake Directions: 

Put flour, sugar, cinnamon, and baking soda in a bowl. Bring the following to a boil in a saucepan: margarine, cocoa powder, and water. Pour the hot mix over the dry mix and mix well. Add eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. Mix well. Pour into a greased and floured pan. Use a cookie sheet with high sides. Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees.


The Icing Recipe:

1 stick of margarine

6 tablespoons buttermilk

4 level tablespoons cocoa powder

1 box sifted confectioners’ sugar

½ cup nuts


Icing Directions:

Bring the margarine, buttermilk, and cocoa to a boil in a saucepan. Add 1 box of confectioners’ sugar and nuts. Pour on cake while hot.