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Chocolatetown Special Cake

Details

Time
2 hours 30 minutes
Skill Level
Beginner
Yields
1 cake

This special timeless homemade chocolate cake recipe has been a Hershey's favorite since 1960s. Now make it part of your own family tradition. And embellish by topping with fruits or chocolate curls and serving with ice cream!

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
45 minutes
Bake Time
35 minutes
Cool Time
1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa or HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
  • 1/2 cup
    boiling water
  • 2/3 cup
    shortening
  • 1 3/4 cups
    sugar
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2
    eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsps
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt
  • 1 1/3 cups
    buttermilk or sour milk*
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Make our One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting to complete the recipe as shown in the image.

Directions

Equipment Needed 
Oven Oven
Round Baking Pans 9-inch Round Baking Pans
Bowls Bowls
Rubber Scraper Rubber Scraper
Measuring Cups Measuring Cups
Mixer Mixer
Wire Racks Wire Racks
1

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

2

Stir together cocoa and water in small bowl until smooth. Beat shortening, sugar and vanilla in large bowl until fluffy. Add eggs; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add to shortening mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating until well blended. Add cocoa mixture; beat well. 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. Frost with One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting.

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