Betty Jane's Chocolate Squares

2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
½ cup oil
1 stick butter
4 tablespoons cocoa
¾ cup water
2 eggs
½ cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon vanilla


1 stick butter
4 tablespoons cocoa
1/3 cup milk
one 16 oz box confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon almond extract
1 cup toasted pecan pieces

Mix sugar and flour together in a large bowl. Melt oil, 1 stick of butter, 4 tablespoons of cocoa and water in a saucepan; add to dry ingredients. Mix well. Add eggs, buttermilk, soda, and vanilla. Pour into greased and floured 9"x13" pan.

Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes.

For icing, boil one stick of butter, 4 tablespoons cocoa and milk. As soon as butter is melted, remove from heat and add confectioner's sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and almond extract. Beat until well mixed. Fold in pecans. Pour over hot cake. Icing will firm up as cake cools.

Serves 12-15.

— JP