In searching for a chocolate cake recipe online I stumbled across a Hershey’s chocolate cake recipe several times, and everyone seemed to love it. Since the birthday girl requested chocolate cake, “the kind I had when I was a kid, with really chocolatey icing,” this seemed like the way to go. And the birthday girl was pleased – she said it was exactly what she had in her mind of that childhood cake. Yay! I love it when things work out that way.
And – it’s a pretty easy recipe. I found it here, but it’s from the Hershey’s website. Besides adding extra instructions, the only thing I changed was that I used melted butter in the cake, while the original recipe called for canola oil. I thought the butter would add more flavour, and I think I was right, but I’ve never made it the other way to be able to compare. But come on – it’s butter! It’s gotta taste better!
What you need for the cake:
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 & 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa
- 1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 &1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten with a fork
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup melted butter, cooled slightly
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup boiling water
What you do for the cake:
- Line two 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add the egg, milk, butter and vanilla. Mix on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Stir in the boiling water to make a runny batter.
- Pour into the prepared pans. Give the pans a light tap on the counter before placing them in the oven to get rid on any large air bubbles.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, testing with a toothpick to see if it is done.
- Run a very sharp knife around the edge of the cake pans after the cakes have sat for a few minutes, then invert the cakes onto wire racks and remove the pans. Let the cakes cool completely before adding the frosting.
What you need for about 2 cups of icing:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2/3 cup cocoa
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup milk
What you do for the frosting:
- Melt the butter then stir in the cocoa and vanilla.
- Alternately add some of the sugar and milk on medium speed until it is a good consistency for spreading. I needed to add a little extra milk to get it to the right consistency.
- Frost your cake, then refrigerate it for a few hours before serving.
The website also gives these options for different kinds of cakes:
One pan cake: Grease and flour 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 350° F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes.
Three layer cake: Grease and flour three 8-inch round baking pans. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks.
Bundt Cake: Grease and flour a 12-cup fluted tube pan. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 50 to 55 minutes. Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack.
Cupcakes: Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper baking cups. Heat oven to 350°F. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes.