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Hershey's Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

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













Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber


¾ cup butter
or margarine, 150 grams
3 large eggs
1 ⅔ cup sugar
185 grams
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
240 grams
cup cocoa powder
80 grams
1 ¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 ⅓ cups water
312 grams
For the chocolate frosting:
12 ounces chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
~ 2 cups, 340 grams
2 cups powdered sugar
200 grams
cup evaporated milk
167.5 grams



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.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Angelique Concepcion
Haverhill MA
 over 10 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
 about 10 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 10 years ago

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

Karachi, Pakistan
 over 8 years ago

Awesome cake..My best friend love it.

marty mccrorey
United States
 over 8 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


 over 8 years ago

This is a very delicious chocolate cake recipe.

Universal City, United States
 almost 8 years ago

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

pratik yemek tarifi
, Turkey
 about 7 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
 almost 5 years ago

It is delicious.

Gurgaon, India
 about 3 years ago

I must be pleased for sharing your ideas. Thank you for the good writes up. It’s a brilliant job.

Goole, United Kingdom
 9 months ago

The best chocolate cake I’ve ever tried.moist,rich and chocolaty.thank you for the recipe

Spring Valley, United States
 5 months ago

Anyone know a good peanutbutter cream cheese icing recipe p?

, United States
 4 months ago

My mother in law gave me this recipe over 40 years ago, it was the family's traditional birthday cake. It became so for our family as well. The only difference is her recipe calls for 2/3 cup of butter. The crumb is always perfect and moist. We have updated it using Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa or a mix of the two and a rounded teaspoon of expresso powder. But as is or updated, it garners nothing but raves when we make it. Being an old recipe, one measures the flour by loosening it first, spooning it into the measuring cups and leveling it off. The dump and level method used by so many 'TV' bakers yields a denser cake. Still moist but not as beautifully light as the original. And it is so much easier than the newer recipes. My only issue is that I can't make 1 1/2 times the cake, because of everything being in 3rds:)

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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