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HERSHEY'S "Especially Dark" Chocolate Cake

Things You'll Need
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
How to Make
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    1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans or line 28 to 30 muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups.

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    2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans or fill cups about 2/3 full with batter.

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    3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes for round pans or 22 to 25 minutes for cupcakes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with "ESPECIALLY DARK" CHOCOLATE FROSTING. 10 to 12 servings.

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  • 5

    1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine 2/3 cup HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa 3 cups powdered sugar 1/3 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 6

    Melt butter, Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.


HERSHEY'S "Especially Dark" Chocolate Cake

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  1. Review 7/16/2013 6:49:55 PM by :
    Very few recipes make a "5" but this one deserves it. It's a rich chocolate--you only need a slim slice. I'll be baking it for special occasions for the chocolate lovers in my life.

  2. Review 6/27/2013 2:47:12 PM by :
    This is the best chocolate cake that I have made hands down. It was very very moist!! I added raspberry extract to the cake mix and frosting. It was fantastic. It is a keeper!

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  4. Review 3/3/2013 10:18:31 PM by :
    It was excellent!! SUPER MOIST!! spongy and not too sweet, i added dried orange blossom to the water and orange zest, this is my first and only one chocolate cake

  5. Review 2/27/2013 3:51:43 PM by :
    WOW!! . . . I am the worlds' most addicted chocoholic and have never had a more satisfying chocolate cake than this. I also made the frosting which was pure heaven for me. I will remember this recipe forever and make it often and when I want to truly impress the world with my baking prowess -- which I really don't have. :-)

  6. Review 1/29/2013 7:24:07 PM by :
    Delicious, moist and easy. Highly recommend it.

  7. Review 12/24/2012 10:14:16 AM by :
    Best chocolate cake I ever made. I'll never bake another chocolate cake from a mix again after using this recipe. You won't be disappointed with this cake and frosting.

  8. Review 12/20/2012 1:48:34 AM by :
    Very easy recipe that's been a hit everytime I made it.

  9. Review 11/10/2012 11:12:58 AM by :
    My grandma makes this cake and my whole family loves it every time. I printed out this recipe one time to make with her and then realized this was the cake she always made this whole time. I totally recomend it!!!!

  10. Review 11/4/2012 3:42:03 PM by :
    This recipe is fantastically delicious and the only one I use when chocolate cake is needed. Only thing is that I top it with either a 7 minute frosting or with whipped cream and raspberries. The cake's genius is that it is dark and not too sweet. If you use a sweet frosting or icing, you defeat the purpose. Just a light dusting of cocoa powder or powdered sugar is also fine for purists or us lazy people!

  11. Review 8/26/2012 1:23:20 PM by :
    This recipe is my absolute favorite! Completely fool proof, the cake turns out moist and soft and almost feels like a brownie when you eat it! Chocolate lovers of all ages find the cake irresistible!

  12. Review 8/18/2012 7:55:38 PM by :
    This recipe is one that I searched for for years as it was in a cookbook that I have lost track of of. It is the best chocolate cake and the only one that I will make. Moist and full of great chocolate flavor.

  13. Review 6/19/2012 6:29:01 PM by :
    I love baking this recipe, it's moist and the dark chocolate is PERFECT! You can use chocolate mousse as filling and any type of frosting you can think of. I eat this with strawberry fruit...yum yum!

  14. Review 10/21/2010 1:13:26 PM by klchandler:
    I always get rave reviews for this cake. Tastes great with a peanut butter frosting too!

  15. Review 4/28/2010 11:58:43 PM by wolfruler1400:
    This is the BEST chocolate cake I have ever had. I am not a chocolate person, but this was fantasmic!!!! My Family loves it, a cake lasts maybe a day!

  16. Review 4/6/2010 5:57:32 PM by sara.swecker:
    Wonderful! Will satisfy the chocolate cravings! (Also easy to half the recipe for a one-layer cake...I've even quartered it on occasion, when I needed a chocolate fix.)

  17. Review 4/5/2010 2:53:17 PM by lilneyney:
    This was the best chocolate cake I ever made and ate!! I made it yesterday and someone already requested for me to make it again this weekend. This cake was incredibly moist!

  18. Review 9/26/2009 4:12:02 PM by mkc3888:
    the only problem I had with this cake was the frosting it was a little thin, I may have donw something wrong but not sure. The cake however was moist and delicious.

  19. Review 9/15/2009 11:16:45 PM by mkc3888:
    This was an awesome cake recipe! I made it into 22 cupcakes and they were great. The only problem I had was that the frosting was too thin but very tasty

  20. Review 9/14/2009 10:32:52 AM by tlphete:
    Whenever my family ask me to bake a cake, it is this cake. It is a non-fail cake, excellent in texure and taste. I also enjoy baking it. Using the finest ingre. I bake it in a 9 x 12 pan, sheet cake. I also add pecans to the frosting for a Texas taste.

  21. Review 2/23/2009 12:05:15 PM by cindicat:
    This recipe is similar to Hershey's Black Magic Cake which is to DIE for. I am looking forward to using the chocolate frosting recipe on that.

  22. Review 9/28/2008 11:56:00 AM by marlonsjan:
    My family loved this recipe. One of my sons said it was like having a Hershey bar melt in your mouth. This cake is very moist. I took it to school and it was gone before lunch!

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