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Texas Sheath Cake


2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 cup water
2 t soda
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
4 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 Tbsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400°
Sift sugar and flour into a large bowl, and put into a sauce pan with butter, cocoa and water. Bring this mixture to a rapid boil. Stir and add buttermilk and eggs, slightly beaten, soda, cinnamon and vanilla.
Mix and pour into a 9x13" greased pan.
Bake 20-25 minutes.

1/2 stick margarine
6 tsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
4 Tbsp cocoa
1 box powdered sugar (about 4 1/2 cups?)
1 cup pecans
1 Tbsp cinnamon

Start icing five minutes before cake is done.
Mix butter, cocoa and milk. Bring to a boil.
Remove from heat and add sugar, vanilla and pecans.
Beat well and spread on cake while hot.

(Icing is also very good without the nuts.)

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