Texas Cake

Submitted by Chris Fowler
Originally in the 1991 cookbook

When I (Chris Fowler) was a teenager, Grandma Cady lived with us in the Lynnwood house for several years. I remember one Sunday she was puttering around the kitchen trying out a recipe she found in a woman’s magazine (this would be the late 1970’s). That recipe turned out to be Texas Cake, and was a resounding success and soon became a staple at Cady family get-togethers.


2 cubes margarine
4 tbsp cocoa
1 cup water
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In pot, mix margarine, cocoa and water and bring to boil.
  3. Pour flour and sugar into pot and mix well.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  5. Pour into a well greased and floured cookie sheet. Bake 20 minutes.


1 cube of margarine
4 tsp cocoa
6 tbsp milk or cream (1/4 cup + 2 tbsp)
1 box sifted powdered sugar

  1. In same pot, add margarine, cocoa, and milk. Boil for 2 minutes.
  2. Add powdered sugar. Beat until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add lots of nuts (if desired) and spread over the warm cake.

Delicious with vanilla ice cream, too.


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