This is a great chocolate cake that my mom taught me to make as a young girl. I made it for our county show numerous times. I got a blue ribbon every time! I really don't know why it's called "scotch cake," but it's definitely a keeper recipe!
Sift together in large mixing bowl 2 cups flour, and 2 cups sugar. Set this aside. In a saucepan, melt 1 stick margarine, ½ c. Crisco, 4 tablespoons cocoa, and 1 cup water. Bring to a rapid boil and remove from heat. Pour this into flour and sugar mixture. Mix well.
Add ½ cup buttermilk, 2 eggs (lightly beaten), 1 teaspoon soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Bake 25-30 minutes at 400 degrees.
Start making it 5 minutes before cake is done. Melt together 1 stick margarine, 4 tablespoons cocoa, and 6 tablespoons milk. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add 1 box confectionery sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1-2 cups pecans depending on personal preference. Spread on cake while still hot.
**This is really great served warm with a dip of vanilla ice cream!