This is originally from many of the Hershey's cookbooks, where it's known as "Hershey's Chocolate Town Special Cake." When you think of the chocolate cake from your childhood that your Grandma made, this is it. It's been my go-to chocolate cake recipe for many years, and never once did it fail to turn out and garner many compliments, as well as moans of near-ecstasy. From experience, I can tell you that both the taste and texture is slightly better when you use the actual buttermilk, as opposed to using fresh milk with added lemon juice or vinegar to sour it. But if that's all you have, rest assured it will still turn out very well - just a matter of tiny degrees, certainly not a deal breaker. It has a perfect chocolate flavor, and a moist, fine, velvety crumb. It stays moist for days, if kept covered (but it probably won't last long enough for you to put that to the test!) Frosted either with chocolate or vanilla buttercream (or even a whipped ganache,) this is a sure-fire winner that delivers dependably outstanding results.
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This is originally from many of the Hershey's cookbooks, where it's known as "Hershey's...