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HERSHEY'S Especially Dark Chocolate Cake

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Time
2 hours 30 minutes
Skill Level
Intermediate
Yields
30 cupcakes

Indulge your dark side with this doubly decadent HERSHEY’S dark chocolate cake recipe topped with “especially dark” chocolate frosting. You can use a cake pan for a full-size chocolate cake, or you can divide the batter into a muffin tin for a cupcake variation. Using HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK cocoa, this rich cake recipe is perfect for birthday celebrations, holidays and everyday special moments. Baking homemade treats that indulge your taste buds are best for sharing with friends and family members throughout the year.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
15 minutes
Bake Time
30 minutes
Cool Time
1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups

    sugar

  • 1-3/4 cups

    all-purpose flour

  • 1-1/2 tsp

    baking powder

  • 1-1/2 tsp

    baking soda

  • 1 tsp

    salt

  • 2

    eggs

  • 1 cup

    milk

  • 1/2 cup

    vegetable oil

  • 2 tsp

    vanilla extract

  • 1 cup

    boiling water

  • "Especially Dark" Chocolate Frosting

  • 1/2 cup

    butter or margarine (1 stick)

  • 3 cups

    powdered sugar

  • 1/3 cup

    milk

  • 1 tsp

    vanilla extract

READY TO MAKE THIS RECIPE?

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 

oven
oven
mixing bowl
mixing bowl
mixer
mixer
measuring cups
measuring cups
rubber scraper
rubber scraper
muffin tin
muffin tin
muffin cups
muffin cups
(2) 9-inch baking pans
(2) 9-inch baking pans
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. 

Cake can also be baked in 13 x 9 pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes.

"Especially Dark" Chocolate Frosting:

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.

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