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    for the cake

    – 2 cups all-purpose flour
    – 2 cups sugar
    – 2 sticks butter
    – 1 cup water
    – 5 Tablespoons cocoa powder
    – 2 eggs
    – 1/2 cup buttermilk
    – 1 teaspoon baking soda
    – 1 teaspoon vanilla
    Mix flour and sugar in a large bowl. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, water, and cocoa over medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil and pour over the flour/sugar mixture. Mix well. Add eggs, buttermilk, baking soda, and vanilla. Pour into a well-greased 9×13 pan, and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

    For the fudge icing

    – 1 stick butter
    – 4 Tablespoons milk
    – 4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
    – 1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar
    – 1 teaspoon vanilla
    – 1 cup chopped pecans
    In a medium saucepan, combine butter, milk, and cocoa and bring mixture to a boil. Remove from heat and add powdered sugar, stirring well with a whisk or wooden spoon until the sugar melts and the mixture is smooth. Stir in vanilla and pecans, then pour over hot cake.