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1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 12-cup fluted tube pan. Place 1 cup milk chocolate chips in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted when stirred.
2. Beat butter in large bowl until creamy; gradually add granulated sugar, beating on medium speed of mixer until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add melted chocolate; beat until blended.
3. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to chocolate mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating until blended. Add syrup and vanilla; beat until blended. Stir in remaining milk chocolate chips and pecans. Spoon batter into prepard pan.
4. Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired. Makes 12 servings.
*To sour milk: Use 1 tablespoon white vinegar plus milk to equal 1 cup.
Since i have not baked this cake as yet i am giving it 4 stars..Looks and sounds amazing and i will be baking it tomorrow for sure..Thank you Hershey's for another of your fantastic recipes..
8/2/2012 8:29:23 PM
I baked this into mini cupcakes (minus the pecans) and they were amazing! They baked up perfectly and were moist and flavorful... I believe "smooth" was how one fan described it! :) We topped them with a vanilla bean buttercream and added a dab of milk chocolate buttercream on top of that. This will definitely go in the "keep" pile!
12/19/2010 12:00:01 PM
Needed to cut back baking time ... almost burnt outside, but inside was moist and delicious! Would like a chocolate glaze next time ...
6/25/2010 2:49:49 PM
This cake is the best! It's smooth and melts in your mouth. The first bite has everyone swooning. I usually make it without the pecans b/c of allergies, but it's still great. Goes well with whipped cream, strawberries, and/or ice cream.
10/15/2009 10:12:26 AM
This cake is moist and rich. I forgot to put the cocoa powder when I made it and it was still amazing. I plan to make it for some co-workers this weekend...Perfect!
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