Signature Birthday Cake
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Signature Birthday Cake
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Skill Level: Intermediate
Signature Birthday Cake

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup softened butter (175 mL)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (375 mL)
  • 2 eggs (2)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (125 mL)
  • 1 tsp each instant coffee and vanilla extract (5 mL)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (375 mL)
  • 2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa (150 mL)
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder (4 mL)
  • 1/2 tsp each baking soda and salt (2 mL)
  • 3/4 cup boiling water (175 mL)
  • 1 2/3 cups HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Chips, divided (270 g)
  • 4 cups Fluffy Vanilla Frosting* or prepared frosting (approx.) (1 L)
  • Additional CHIPITS Milk Chocolate Chips for garnish
Signature Birthday Cake

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Grease and line two 8-inch (1.3 L) round cake pans. Beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir sour cream with instant coffee and vanilla; beat into butter mixture. Sift flour with the cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl; add to butter mixture and mix on low until just combined.
  • 2. On low speed, slowly pour boiling water into batter; mix until smooth (scraping bowl as needed). Stir in 1 cup (250 mL) chocolate chips. Divide evenly between prepared cake pans; smooth tops. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool in pans for 15 minutes; turn onto a rack to cool completely before frosting.
  • 3. Place one cake layer onto a cake stand. Add a layer of frosting; sprinkle evenly with remaining chocolate chips. Top with remaining cake layer; frost top and sides with remaining frosting. Garnish cake with the additional chocolate chips (as desired).
  • Makes 12 servings.
  • *Fluffy Vanilla Frosting:
  • Beat 1 cup (250 mL) softened butter in a large bowl until very smooth. Add 4 cups (1 L) icing sugar, 1/2 cup (125 mL) whipping cream and 1 tbsp (15 mL) vanilla extract. Beat on low until combined; beat on high for 3 minutes or until very fluffy.
  • Makes 4 cups (1 L).