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Collector's Cocoa Cake Recipe

Collector's Cocoa Cake

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa or HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • ONE-BOWL BUTTERCREAM FROSTING or FLUFFY PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING (recipes follow)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 8-or 9-inch round baking pans.

  2. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat 1 minute on medium speed of mixer. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add alternately with water to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pans.

  3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes for 8-inch layers; 30 to 35 minutes for 9-inch layers or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.

  4. Frost with ONE-BOWL BUTTERCREAM FROSTING or FLUFFY PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING. 12 servings.



    ONE-BOWL BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

    6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
    2-2/3 cups powdered sugar
    1/2 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa or HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
    1/3 cup milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Beat butter in medium bowl. Add powdered sugar and cocoa alternately with milk; beat to spreading consistency (additional milk may be needed). Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.


    FLUFFY PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING

    1 cup milk
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1 cup sugar
    1/2 cup REESE'S Creamy Peanut Butter
    1/2 cup shortening
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Dash salt

    Gradually stir milk into flour in small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until very thick. Transfer to medium bowl; press plastic wrap directly on surface. Cool to room temperature, about 1/2 hour.

    Add sugar, peanut butter, shortening, vanilla and salt. Beat on high speed of mixer until frosting becomes fluffy and sugar is completely dissolved. About 3 cups frosting.