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HERSHEY'S "Especially Dark" Chocolate Cake Recipe

HERSHEY'S "Especially Dark" Chocolate Cake

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Skill Level: Intermediate

Recipe Rating


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Makes 12 servings or 30 cupcakes.
  • 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
  • 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.

Ratings & Reviews

    I came upon this recipe a few years ago. I won't make any other chocolate cake. It is moist, rich and delicious! Many family members have requested that I make this cake for gatherings. In fact, I made it today for my niece who just turned 29. I was curious to see if you had a cupcake version and was soooo happy to find that info on this page. Thanks Hershey!
    Made for my students on the last day of school and they LOVED IT!!! ^o^ Definitely going to make it again next year! :)
    Thankfully, I tried this cake and the recipe is SO delicious! And delicate! Fun to make too! Thanks Hershey's!
    By far the greatest chocolate cake ever! Note to next baker... Even with muffin liners, spray the pan. I was bummed that I over filled and they stuck super badly!! (Clean up tasted heavenly ;) ).
    Fabulous cake! I used coconut extract instead of vanilla in both the cake
    This recipe is delicious. I do make it a bit healthier by using egg substitute, Domino Light Stevia/Sugar Blend, skim milk ,and white whole wheat flour. I also used 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce and just 1/4 cup oil. The cake turned out great and I used some Smart Balance spread instead of butter for the frosting. This recipe is much better than anything you could get from a box and a can of frosting. Plus, there's no trans fats.
    I'm a snob when it comes to food...but it can't get any better than this.
    This is my favorite chocolate cake! I have been baking since I was about 13 years old, so I've baked a lot of cakes. Box mix, homemade...lots of different recipes. I don't think I need to try to find a better chocolate cake recipe than this. All others that say they are the best just aren't. This one is.
    My favorite chocolate cake recipe
    My family and I make cakes using Hershey's Dark Chocolate and have even used the regular Chocolate. They are always good and my children and I fight over how much they can eat. Very moist and tasty.
    Perfectly Delicious !!!
    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.
    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!
    i love this recipe , its all time favorite of my family. we love Hershey's :)
    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
    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. :-)
    Delicious, moist and easy. Highly recommend it.
    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.
    Very easy recipe that's been a hit everytime I made it.
    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!!!!
    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!
    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!
    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.
    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!
    I always get rave reviews for this cake. Tastes great with a peanut butter frosting too!
    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!
    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.)
    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!
    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.
    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
    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.
    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.
    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!