Killer Chocolate Cake or Texas Funeral Cake

Uncategorized | September 24, 2016 | By


Bring to a rapid boil in a medium sauce pan:

½ cup butter

½ cup shortening

4 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup water


In a large mixing bowl, stir together:

2 cups granulated sugar

2 cups AP flour

½ tsp salt


Pour the chocolate mixture over the flour/sugar mixture and stir thoroughly.


Add ½ tsp. baking soda and ½ cup buttermilk, and add to chocolate mixture. Add 2 eggs, slightly beaten, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Mix well, then pour into greased 12 x 18 pan. You can also use a 9 x 13 pan, but the larger pan gives a greater ratio of cake to frosting!


Bake cake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. The cake should spring bake when touched with your finger. While cake is still warm, right out of the oven, frost with the following.




In a medium saucepan, melt

½ cup butter


 4 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder  

6 Tbs. milk

Simmer for a few minutes. Remove from heat and add 1 box (4 cups) powdered sugar, 1 cup chopped nuts ( pecans or walnuts, ) and 1 tsp. vanilla.


Mix until smooth, then pour over warm cake. Let cool and enjoy!


We have always called this “Killer Chocolate Cake” because it is so rich and delicious. It’s also known as “Texas Funeral Cake” because it bakes so quickly so you can take it right away to a family who has just lost a loved one.


Nordic Ware makes a great 13.5 x 18 x 3.25 pan that comes with its own lid. It’s a wonderful pan for this cake.  Enjoy!