Monday, April 2, 2012

Hershey's Chocolate Cake


Happy Monday Slow Roasters, we hope you are having a marvelous day! Well we are shaking things up a bit this week.  We are serving up a divinely decadent cake on Monday, two cocktails this week and who knows what else is to come.

I couldn't wait to share this cake with you.  I have to say, I was so surprised by the amazing results from such a simple recipe.  I am generally the girl that bakes the 12 hour cake.  The 7 layer Death by Chocolate Cake is a perfect example of this love I have for complicated cakes.

This practice has become the norm for me.  This is how I make cakes and I love it.  Then there was THE DAY.  The day we were having company and I was too exhausted to make a 'Donna cake'.  So, I decided to do something I never do.  I tried the recipe on the back of the Hershey's cocoa container.

I was truly a skeptic during the entire creation process and that took all of 5 minutes, one bowl and a whisk (I was so lazy I didn't even get out a mixer.  I whisked the cake mix and threw it in the oven).  I whipped up the accompanying recipe for icing and served it to my guests with a disclaimer that it was kind of like a box mix.

Well my guest gave this cake such rave reviews I have been asked to make it every time they come over.  The cake is really delicious and I hope you will give it a try.  

Recipe slightly adapted from Hershey's

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 30-35 Minutes
Cool Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Total time: 2 hours 20 minutes


Serves: 8 slices



Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Cake

1 cup water water
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
2 cups granulated sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Hershey's cocoa powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (or vanilla bean paste)


CHOCOLATE FROSTING
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2/3 cup Hershey's cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (or vanilla bean paste)
  
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 8-inch round baking pans or spray with non-stick baking spray.

Place 1 cup of water and coffee granules in the microwave and bring to boiling, I use a 2 cup pyrex measuring cup for this. Microwave for 1 minute, then for 30 seconds. Keep an eye on it, as you don't want it to overflow. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes.

Stir in boiling coffee (batter will be thin).

Pour half of the batter into each prepared pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.

For the frosting, while the cakes are cooling: start by melting the butter. Stir in cocoa and salt. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.

Add a small amount of additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla.

10 comments:

  1. The cake looks perfect for Easter with the candies and the bright colors. I love it. I have a recipe for a very similar cake that is delicious, but I've never added the instant coffee. You know me, I LOVE a simple dessert that tastes fabulous. :)

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  2. your right everything about that is perfect!

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  3. Wow....you decorated that cake beautifully! It IS perfect!!

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  4. My mom's birthday is this sunday and I'd like to make her this cake but the family can be somehwat particular, does this cake have a deep rich chocolate flavour but a moist light crumb?
    Diana

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  5. Beautiful cake! Perfect for an Easter dinner!

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  6. That cake is just gorgeous! beautifully executed... I've used that perfectly chocolate frosting before, and I am interested in trying out the cake :) Thanks for sharing this!

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  7. OMG, what a beautiful cake, no wonder you couldn't wait to share with us! I like the way you took the picture, the way you decorated the cake & it looks so yummy to me but it's also a torturing for me coz I can only enjoy this visually but can't have a bite on it!

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  8. Cute cake and it's Hersheys! I can't wait to make this cake. My mom and siblings will definitely be ecstatic with this.

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  9. Okay,can you imagine,I MAKE THIS SAME CAKE FOR A RESTAURANT I WORK FOR!!!
    Yes,people love it. I've been making this cake for years!! My grandmother used to make the same cake. But she did something a little bit different.
    Sorry....trade secret :)

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