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mix sugar and flour in a large bowl
heat the butter, cocoa powder and water over low heat until well mixed, pour over dry ingredients
add next five (5) ingredients mixing well after each item-this batter gets stiff and then loosens up a little-blew up a mixer making 6 of these for my nieces wedding.
pour into a greased an floured pan-I use 11 x 13 inch glass pan-and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
While the cake is baking melt the butter, cocoa powder, buttermilk and vanilla in a pan on the stove-use the one you used originally why clean more than one pan?
Mix in powdered sugar until thick.
Once cake is done poke it with a knife or fork ALL OVER-mom said if you don't get enough holes the cake is no good-While cake and frosting are still hot pour frosting over cake.
Leave cake and all in the pan until halfway cool-that is usually when I give in because the kids have whined so much-cut and serve. I like it warm with ice cream on it.