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HERSHEY’S “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake


30 Min.
15 Min.
Skill Level:
1 cake

The words “perfect” and “chocolate cake” basically have the same meaning, right? With our HERSHEY’S homemade chocolate cake recipe this seems to be true. Baking from scratch is easier than you think when you mix HERSHEY’S Cocoa with a few other simple ingredients. Bake this delicious dessert when you’re hosting the next family get-together, celebrating a birthday or wanting a bite of delicious chocolate cake after dinner. This “perfectly chocolate” cake recipe was made for sharing, so get out your best plates, have a pitcher of milk ready and divvy out this chocolatey cake with your favorite people.

Make sure everyone can enjoy a sweet treat with our flourless version: Gluten-Free HERSHEY'S "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Cake recipe.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
15 minutes
Bake Time
30 minutes
Cool Time
1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 2 cups
  • 1-3/4 cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup
  • 1-1/2 tsps
    baking powder
  • 1-1/2 tsps
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 2
  • 1 cup
  • 1/2 cup
    vegetable oil
  • 2 tsps
    vanilla extract
  • 1 cup
    boiling water
add a garnish Add a garnish

Make our "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Frosting to complete the recipe as shown in the image.


Equipment Needed 
round baking pans Round Baking Pans
measuring cups and spoons Measuring Cups and Spoons
mixing bowl Mixing Bowl
mixer Mixer
oven Oven
wire rack Wire Rack

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


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.


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 "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Frosting.


One Pan Cake: Grease and flour 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 350° F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely. Frost.

Three Layer Cake: Grease and flour three 8-inch round baking pans. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost.

Bundt Cake: Grease and flour 12-cup fluted tube pan. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 50 to 55 minutes. Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. Frost.

Cupcakes: Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups. Heat oven to 350°F. Fill cups 1/2 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Frost.

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