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)

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.


  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. :)

  2. your right everything about that is perfect!

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

  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?

  5. Beautiful cake! Perfect for an Easter dinner!

  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!

  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!

  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.

    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. secret :)


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