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Hershey's Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake

Hershey's Old-Fashioned Chocolate CakeHershey's famous old-fashioned chocolate cake with one-bowl chocolate buttercream frosting.

Recipe Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/3 cups water
1/2 cup finely crushed hard peppermint candy (optional)

One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting:
6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Additional crushed hard peppermint candy (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans or one 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan.
  2. Combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl; beat on high speed of mixer 3 minutes.
  3. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and baking powder; add alternately with water to butter mixture, beating until blended. Add candy, if desired. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  4. 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.
  5. Frost with One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting.
  6. For One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting: Beat butter in medium bowl. Add powdered sugar and cocoa alternately with milk, beating to spreading consistency (additional milk may be needed). Stir in vanilla. Makes about 2 cups frosting.
  7. Just before serving, garnish with peppermint candy, if desired.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

For Chocolate Cupcakes: Fill paper-lined muffin cups (2 1/2-inches in diameter) 2/3 full with batter. Bake at 350°F for 20 to 25 minutes; cool. Frost. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cupcakes.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of the Hershey Kitchens, and reprinted with permission of The Hershey Company. © The Hershey Company.