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Hershey's Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

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Chocolate lovers beware! This moist and decadent cake will have you hooked!

. Prep
15 min.
30 min.
Ready In
45 min.
10 servings
Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber
Metric measurements


3/4cup butterVideo or margarine, 150 grams
3large eggsVideo
1 2/3cup sugarVideo 185 grams
1teaspoon vanilla extractVideo
2cups flour, all-purpose 240 grams
2/3cup cocoa powderVideo 80 grams
1 1/4teaspoon baking sodaVideo
1/4teaspoon baking powderVideo *
1teaspoon salt
1 1/3cups water 312 grams
For the chocolate frosting:
2cups chocolate chips semi-sweet, (12 oz), 340 grams*
2cups sugarVideo powdered, 200 grams
2/3cup milkVideo evaporated, 167.5 grams
* not incl. in nutrient facts


FOR CAKE: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9 inch round baking pans or one 13x9x2 inch baking pan.

In large mixer bowl, combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat on high speed 3 minutes.

Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in another large bowl.

Add alternately with water to butter mixture. Blend just till combined. Pour into prepared pans.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or untill wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans.

Cool completely; frost.

Serves 8 to 10.


In small microwave-safe bowl, place chocolate chips.

Microwave on high 1 1/2 minutes; stir.

Microwave on high additional 30 seconds or til melted and smooth when stirred. (Chips may also be melted in pan over warm water).

Gradually add powdered sugar and evaporated milk, beating til smooth.

About 2 1/2 cups frosting.

First published: last updated: 2014-12-16

4 stars - based on 15 ratings, best: 5, worst: 0, reviews: 7


Reviewed: over 4 years ago

Delicious, followed the recipe exactly, love the chocolate frosting, smooth and tasty, giving the chocolate cake extra smooth and rich taste. Made it for brother's family, everyone enjoyed it.


Reviewed: almost 8 years ago

This cake came out wonderful and very tasty..:)


Reviewed: about 8 years ago

Very good cake, just not the absolute best.


Reviewed: about 9 years ago

Excellent, moisty chocolate cake!


Reviewed: about 10 years ago

It's fabulous


Reviewed: over 11 years ago

very choclatey light good birthday cake


Reviewed: over 13 years ago

Very moist cake. The frosting was delicious! My hubby thought it was outstanding!


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This recipe sounds very,very good.
But i cant just wait till i try it now i know where to find delicious deserts like this.
Thank You,Angelique

Angelique Concepcion
Haverhill MA about 5 years ago

looks and sounds great....but can u please convert the recipe to grams. i find cup measures too complicating. thanks

Marseille, France over 4 years ago

Just converted the major ingredients to grams, hopefully it helps. Enjoy!

Toronto, Canada over 4 years ago

Awesome cake..My best friend love it.

Karachi, Pakistan almost 3 years ago

i've tried this cake several times. it never rises much and comes out looking like brownies. does anyone else have "chocolate water" after adding all the water? it's very, very thin. i think if you reduce the water the leavening action of the powder and soda will have a chance to work. and the icing had to have an extra cup of powdered sugar to be thick enough.
if anyone has suggestions or the same experience please shoot me an email at

marty mccrorey
United States almost 3 years ago

This is a very delicious chocolate cake recipe.

almost 3 years ago

Made this for for my family great reviews from everyone begging for another one!!

Universal City, United States over 2 years ago

It is a very different feeling to find a chocolate cake recipe that has been favored for more than a decade.

pratik yemek tarifi
, Turkey over 1 year ago

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 185g (6.5 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 54028% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 433mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 32%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Sugars g
Protein 13g
Vitamin A 11% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 5% Iron 13%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?
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