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Deep Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe


40 Min.
30 Min.
8 servings

Our Deep Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe will satisfy all midnight cravings. Hershey's Kitchens will show you the light of this taste experience.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
30 minutes
Bake Time
40 minutes
Cool Time
10 minutes


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  • 2 cups
    granulated sugar (500 mL)
  • 1 3/4 cups
    all-purpose flour (425 mL)
  • 3/4 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa (175 mL)
  • 1 1/2 tsps
    baking powder (7 mL)
  • 1 1/2 tsps
    baking soda (7 mL)
  • 1 tsp
    salt (5 mL)
  • 2
  • 1 cup
    milk (250 mL)
  • 1/2 cup
    vegetable oil (125 mL)
  • 2 tsps
    vanilla extract (10 mL)
  • 1 cup
    boiling water (250 mL)
  • Buttercream Frosting (recipe follows)
  • 6 tbsps
    butter or margarine, softened (90 mL)
  • 2 2/3 cups
    icing sugar (650 mL)
  • 1/2 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa (125 mL)
  • 1/3 cup
    milk (75 mL)
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract (5 mL)


Equipment Needed 
oven Oven
mixing bowl Mixing Bowl
measuring cups Measuring Cups
wire rack Wire Rack
round baking pans (2) 9-inch (23 cm) Round Baking Pans
mixer Mixer

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch (1.5 L) round baking pans or one 9 x 13-inch (3.5 L) baking pan.


Stir sugar with flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer, on medium speed, for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Divide batter evenly between prepared pans.


Bake for 30 to 35 minutes for the round pans (35 to 40 minutes for the large pan) or until a wooden pick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes on a rack. Turn cakes out from pans; cool completely. (Sheet cake may be left in pan if desired.)

Buttercream Frosting: Beat butter in medium bowl. Combine the icing sugar with the cocoa. Alternately add the icing sugar mixture and the milk to the butter, until a spreadable consistency is reached (additional milk may be required to reach preferred consistency). Stir in vanilla. Frost cooled cake. Makes about 2 cups (500 mL) of frosting.