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Fiesta Fantasy Cake Recipe

Fiesta Fantasy Cake

Prep Time: 45 Minutes

Skill Level: Expert

Recipe Rating


  • 2 cups sifted cake flour or 1-3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa or HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon coffee liqueur or strong coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 container (8 oz.) dairy sour cream
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • CHOCOLATE MOUSSE (recipe follows)
  • CHOCOLATE FROSTING (recipe follows) 


  • 1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • 2. Beat brown sugar and butter in large bowl on low to medium speed of mixer until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in coffee liqueur or coffee and vanilla. Add flour mixture and sour cream alternately to sugar mixture, beating after each addition just until combined. Stir in boiling water until blended. Pour into prepared pans.
  • 3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
  • 4. Prepare CHOCOLATE MOUSSE. Split each cake layer horizontally to make four layers total. Place one layer on serving plate; spread with one-third of the mousse (about 1 cup). Repeat layering with two of the remaining layers and remaining mousse. Place remaining cake layer on top. Prepare CHOCOLATE FROSTING; frost cake top and sides. Cover; refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Makes 12 servings.
  • Place 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips in a food processor bowl; cover and process until finely ground. Mix 1/3 cup whipping cream and 3 tablespoons granulated sugar in 1-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved and mixture is just boiling. With food processor running, pour hot cream through feed tube, processing 10 to 20 seconds or until chocolate is completely melted. Scrape side of food processor bowl. Add 1/4 cup coffee liqueur or strong coffee and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract through feed tube; process 10 to 20 seconds or until smooth. Pour into large bowl; cool about 10 minutes or until mixture is room temperature. Beat 1 cup whipping cream in chilled medium bowl on high speed of mixer just until soft peaks form. Fold whipped cream into chocolate mixture. Cover; refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Makes about 3 cups.
  • Stir together 1-1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar and 2/3 cup sifted HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa in medium bowl. Add 1-1/2 cups whipping cream and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat on low speed of mixer until stiff peaks form, scraping side of bowl constantly. (Mixture will be very stiff.) By hand, stir in milk, one tablespoon at a time, to make desired spreading consistency. Makes about 3 cups.

Ratings & Reviews

    This is my first time with the recipe but I loved it the only thing is that I made the mousse for the whole cake and i guess I have to refrigerate the cake and have it cut every time some one wants a slice. But the taste is the best. Next time I will try it with the frosting.
    This cake was so good! The mouse was great but I found the icing being a little runny. It was still amazing though and everyone loved it! I will definitely make this again.
    My husband chose this for his birthday cake and it was wonderful. The mousse was thick so the layers didn't slip and the frosting was nice and chocolatey. A wonderful chocolate cake.
    This is absolutely delicious! I made it exactly as written, for my mother's birthday and everyone loved it. It was EXTREMELY moist and delicious, not heavy like many other homemade cake recipes. My only suggestion would be to add more whipped heavy whipping cream to the mousse because it was a little runny when I added it. Also, I had to refridgerate it overnight and assemble the cake the next morning. Also, the many layers of cake will be very slippery with the mousse when you try to frost it so I used four long kabob sticks and stabbed the cake from the top down, to secure while I iced it. I removed them at the end and then added chocolate curls. It was out of this world!
    Now there's something i would make for birthdays, Rosha Hashana, and thanksgiving. Trixie
    This is a fantastic recipe. Totally worth making again and again.