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HERSHEY'S Old Fashioned Cake

Details

Time
3 hours
Skill Level
Intermediate
Yields
1 cake

This old-fashioned HERSHEY'S chocolate cake recipe first appeared on the back of HERSHEY'S Cocoa tin over a century ago. Today, it remains a timeless tradition for many families. Made from scratch with butter and cocoa powder, it's sure to become your new favorite.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
20 minutes
Bake Time
30 minutes
Cool Time
2 hours

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup
    butter or margarine (1-1/2 sticks), softened
  • 1 2/3 cups
    sugar
  • 3
    eggs
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2 cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup
  • 1 1/4 tsps
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • 1/4 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 1/3 cups
    water
  • 1/2 cup
    hard peppermint candy finely crushed (optional)
  • Additional
    crushed peppermint candy (optional)
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Make our One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting to complete the recipe as shown in the image.

Directions

Equipment Needed 
Oven Oven
Baking Pan 9-Inch Baking Pans
Baking Pan 13x9x2-Inch Baking Pan
 Mixing Bowl Mixing Bowl
Mixer Mixer
Bowl Bowl
Measuring Cups Measuring Cups
Wire Rack Wire Rack
1

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans or one 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

2

Combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl; beat on high speed of mixer 3 minutes. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and baking powder; add alternately with water to butter mixture, beating until blended. Add candy, if desired. 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.

4

Frost with "One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting". Just before serving, garnish with peppermint candy, if desired.

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