Hershey's ® 'Perfectly Chocolate' Chocolate Cake Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Hershey's (R) 'Perfectly Chocolate' Chocolate Cake Recipe

Hershey's ® 'Perfectly Chocolate' Chocolate Cake

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"A deep chocolate 2 layer cake with chocolate frosting."

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  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  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.
  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. Frost with "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Frosting.
  4. To make "Perfectly Chocolate" 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Bundt Cake: Grease and flour 12-cup Bundt 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
  8. Cupcakes: Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups. Heat oven to 350 F. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Frost. About 30 cupcakes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 02, 2004

Why, oh why, do people think they can substitute ingredients willy-nilly and still get a good result? This is baking, folks. You need to follow the recipe. This recipe, for example, calls for oil for a reason -- not shortening. If you don't have enough oil, then you need to: A) go get more oil; B) find a recipe that calls for something other than oil; or C) substitute as you will, don't complain when the recipe doesn't turn out well. I made this cake by following the recipe and it is perfect and perfectly delicious. Not dense, not spongy, not too chocolaty.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 05, 2004

What a huge disappointment! I made this recipe to a "T" and I can't believe how much I don't like it. With all of the wonderful ratings I was just sure we were going to be in chocolate heaven by now - NOT! This cake overflowed the bundt pan, was spongy, chewy, crumbly, stuck to the pan and was not sweet at all. I kept thinking that I was chewing a mildly chocolate flavored sponge. Don't even bother telling me that I must have done something wrong, I didn't. I have been baking for 30 years and certainly know how to make a cake; this one just isn't my cup of tea. Thanks anyway, and I truly am glad that so many like this.

May 31, 2004

This recipe is ingredient for ingredient and amount for amount the recipe on the back of a Hershey's Cocoa can , only they called it Deep Dark Chocolate Cake. The frosting recipe on the can is only slightly different and suggests different amounts of the cocoa depending on flavor desired: 1/3 cup for light flavor, 1/2 cup for medium flavor, and 3/4 cup for dark flavor. That may help some people who think it's too chocolatey. It also states on the can that the butter is to be softened, as another review notes. Then it says to cream the butter in a small mixer bowl. This current recipe says melt. You may get better results with the softened idea. And as always, you can't go substituting too far off the beaten path with either the cake recipe or the frosting and think you're getting what other people are raving about.

Oct 31, 2005

Ever since I found this recipe, it has been my "tried and true" chocolate cake recipe. I use 1 cup of hot, strong, fresh brewed coffee instead of the boiling water. I have also used evaporated milk, and it makes the cake sooooo dense and moist! This is a great recipe, the frosting and cake are to die for! I have baked the cake in a 9 x 13 pan, a bundt pan, and giant muffin tins. If any of you are looking for a great chocolate cake recipe, look no further, this is it!

Oct 23, 2013

No wonder this is one of Hershey's enduring, signature recipes. You'll not find a more "perfectly chocolate" chocolate cake. It's easy to mix up, moist, and incredibly chocolate-y. To enhance the chocolate flavor I substituted hot coffee for the water. Half a recipe made 12 cupcakes, baked at about 20-23 minutes, but keep in mind that oven temperatures and sizes of cupcake pans vary. I used my own chocolate buttercream frosting.

Oct 24, 2005

I have made this cake for contests and for catering events. People that love chocolate, love this cake!

Feb 01, 2011

This is the best chocolate cake - very moist. It's just two of us so I scaled the reciped for a single layer and baked in my 8 x 8 for 30 - 35 minutes. I didn't melt the butter for the frosting - that just didn't sound right to me - I softened it instead. I thought it would be creamier but it tasted great too!

Mar 05, 2006

I absolutely love this cake and everyone who has ever eaten this dessert has always praised me for making it! Just a few changed I make...I add half a package of chocolate fudge Jello pudding mix to my dry ingredients. The pudding mix makes this cake soooo moist! (You can do this with homemade cookies, too!) I drop the cooking temp. by about 25 degrees (my oven runs a little high) and and do not cook as long as directed. Instead I pull out the cakes 5-6 min. early and then cover with foil. The heat being trapped will continue to cook the inside of the cake. If you leave the foil on for several hours the cake will be even more moist. For the frosting, I use 'Chocolate Fudge Buttercream Frosting' from this website. Garnish cake with chocolate shavings and mmmmmmm good!


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  • Calories
  • 527 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 84.4 g
  • 27%
  • Cholesterol
  • 54 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 19.3 g
  • 30%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 5.8 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 474 mg
  • 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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