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Chocolate Buttermilk Squares


  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 drops red food coloring, optional
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped almonds, optional


  • 1. In a large saucepan, bring butter, cocoa and water just to a boil. Cool.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Add cocoa mixture and buttermilk; mix well. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and, if desired, food coloring. Pour into a greased and floured 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. For frosting, melt butter with cocoa and buttermilk. Stir in the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and salt. Spread over warm cake. Garnish with nuts if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 466 calories, 19g fat (12g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 380mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (55g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


Average Rating: 4.90909
  • Dee
    Dec 31, 1969

    Butter Pecan Fud ge

  • delowenstein
    Feb 20, 2017

    I tried this recipe and it's par excellence! Only changes: Omitted salt in the icing and did not use the almonds on top of the icing. My baking time, however was 20 to 30 minutes! I tried the squares at 20 minutes. But squares tested done at 10 minutes more. Squares were REALLY moist!

  • lateshift32
    Aug 1, 2013

    I'd like to find one like it but not as sweet. It's overpowering! However, it's super easy and great for learning to cook.

  • FruitGal
    Sep 18, 2011

    I reviewed before...Here's how to make this recipe perfect: Use heaping tablespoons of cocoa where called for. And for the frosting, use 6T buttermilk and only 3-1/2 cups powdered sugar. Then it will pour on nicely instead of having to be spread an maybe not looking as nice. You know, I also reduced the butter in the cake by 1/3 once and it seemed just fine.

  • 2124arizona
    Oct 27, 2011

    These are incredibly moist. The combination of chocolate and buttermilk is just right. I fixed these for a potluck at church and came home with an empty serving platter!

  • FruitGal
    Sep 18, 2011

    Turned out great - made for a birthday and all was gobbled up. I would try 1 more T of buttermilk in frosting as I had to sort of spread it/pat it around.

  • hoosierappleblossom1
    Jul 20, 2010

    This is always a winner! I have taken this to work and the pan was empty in no time!

  • cherytrue
    Jul 20, 2010

    We call this Texas Sheet cake at my house. While the cake is baking you can make the frosting and put it on warm

  • penoll
    Jul 20, 2010

    These are the most wonderful squares! Have made these for years! They will never fail you!

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