June 6, 2012

Hershey's Chocolate Cake

Carol requested this recipe after I mentioned it in another post.  In my opinion this is the very best chocolate cake ever, anywhere, anyhow.  I don't even bother to eat any other because it is just a big disappointment.

I can not take any credit for it.  I tried it years ago when I was craving some chocolate and all I had was a tub of cocoa powder.  This is the recipe as it appears on the back of the can.  The only thing I do different is to use the Special Dark cocoa powder when I can find it.  Around here it is only available around the holidays.  I typically buy a number of cans to put in the pantry when I see it.

Last year I entered this in the cake bake-off and took first place.

2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water 

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans. (I use three because I think 3 layer cakes are nicer... more icing and so pretty to look at.)

2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

3.  Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.


I double this recipe because it is just that good and twice as much is just that much better.

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.

If you like nuts this is great with some chopped walnuts sprinkled over the icing.

If you are looking for a slightly lighter dessert, try making cupcakes and drizzling with lemon glaze. They are fabulous for summer.


  1. This is the best...

    Man that is a horrible and outdated picture of me! Guess it makes up for the one I posted of you in my Easter post??? :D lol

  2. Mmm, it sounds amazing, Mrs. Wachter! Chocolate cake is one of my weaknesses. ;) I'm very seriously considering asking Momma if we can make this on Sunday for my birthday.