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Hershey’s Old Fashioned Cake Recipe

Hershey’s Old Fashioned Cake

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Skill Level: Intermediate

Recipe Rating


  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup finely crushed hard peppermint candy
  • Additional crushed hard peppermint candy


  • 1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans or one 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
  • 2. Combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl; beat on high speed of mixer 3 minutes. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and baking powder; add alternately with water to butter mixture, beating until blended. Add candy, if desired. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  • 3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes 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. Just before serving, garnish with peppermint candy, if desired. Makes 12 servings.
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 2-2/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Beat butter in medium bowl. Add powdered sugar and cocoa alternately with milk, beating to spreading consistency (additional milk may be needed). Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.
  • CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES: Fill paper-lined muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) 2/3 full with batter.
  • Bake at 350°F for 20 to 25 minutes; cool. Frost. About 2-1/2 dozen cupcakes.

Ratings & Reviews

    Instead of making a cake i'm going to turn this into a cupcake my family prefer cupcakes wonder how it will turn out??
    First time not making a box cake.... So easy and turned out perfect!
    This cake is lovely try for my great nephew, niece and son they love it came out perfect, use chocolate cream cheese frosting.
    I have made this cake for years and it is one of my family's favorites. This is the most requested for family birthdays.
    We were disappointed but it didn't stop us from eating it - the power of frosting. (Which was from a different Hershey recipe.) The cake itself was dry and didn't have much flavor. I think it has one too many eggs.
    I made my cake from a different recipe and used this frosting recipe. I was disappointed at how grainy and bland it was. It's not one I'll use again.
    Just made this over the weekend for a birthday party. The whole cake was gone before the party was over. I added Mini Reese's on top which was also a hit.
    im sooo going to make this!!!
    The best chocolate cake/frosting ever made! So easy to make and it's sweet moist and delicious.
    This cake came out perfect and moist... Would not change anything and I will make this over and over again, very easy and good.
    Easy to make; tastes good and is moist. Made them as cupcakes and turned out great. Almost tastes like a devils food cake
    Best chocolate cake ever!! Made it with ganache instead. Had a friend tell me it was even better than his grandmother's famous chocolate cake! :)
    This is the best tasting chocolate cake I've ever had - my whole family loves it too and we all like to bake. Very easy and fast to put together too!
    This is the same cake my grandma used to bake and it's my absolute favorite!
    I have been using this chocolate cake recipe since it was featured as O. F. Cocoa Cake on the back of the Hersheys Cocoa can, about 30 years ago. It is my families absolute favorite chocolate cake. It always turns out perfectly. These days I bake it as cupcakes because they're easy to freeze and serve for dessert whether it's just the two of us or for unexpected guests.
    This recipe is easy-is moist and chocolaty!!