-Combine the flour, sugar, and salt; set aside.
-Melt 1 cup butter in a saucepan; stir in water, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, and
milk/sour cream; bring to a boil; remove from heat; allow to cool.
-Stir baking soda, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, eggs, then dry mixture into
-Pour into a greased and floured 13" X 9" X 2" baking pan.
-Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes; cool before icing.
-Melt 1/2 cup butter in a saucepan; stir in 1/3 cup milk and 1/3 cup cocoa
powder; bring to a boil; remove from heat.
-Stir 1 tsp. vanilla and powdered sugar into hot mixture.
-Pour icing over cooled cake.
Notes: This has been a traditional birthday
cake in my family for as long as I can remember.
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