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Hershey's Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

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Hershey's Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake Hershey's Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake Hershey's Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

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













Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber


¾ cup butter
or margarine, 150 grams
3 large eggs
1⅔ cup sugar
185 grams
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour, all-purpose
240 grams
cup cocoa powder
80 grams
teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1⅓ cups water
312 grams
For the chocolate frosting:
2 cups chocolate chips
semi-sweet, (12 oz), 340 grams
2 cups sugar
powdered, 200 grams
cup milk
evaporated, 167.5 grams
* not incl. in nutrient facts


FOR CAKE: Heat oven to 350℉ (180℃). 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 until 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 1½ 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 1½ cups frosting.

First published: last updated: 2016-05-13

4 stars - based on 16 ratings, best: 5, worst: 0, reviews: 7



about 6 years

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.


about 9 years

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


over 9 years

Very good cake, just not the absolute best.


over 10 years

Excellent, moisty chocolate cake!


over 11 years

It's fabulous


about 13 years

very choclatey light good birthday cake

almost 15 years

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


Angelique Concepcion
Haverhill MA
 over 6 years ago

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

Marseille, France
 almost 6 years ago

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

Toronto, Canada
 almost 6 years ago

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

Karachi, Pakistan
 over 4 years ago

Awesome cake..My best friend love it.

marty mccrorey
United States
 about 4 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


 about 4 years ago

This is a very delicious chocolate cake recipe.

Universal City, United States
 almost 4 years ago

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

pratik yemek tarifi
, Turkey
 almost 3 years ago

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

Los Angeles, United States
 8 months ago

It is delicious.


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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