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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
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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. 

Equipment Tip

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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