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    Deluxe Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake Layers

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    1 hr 5 mins

    30 mins

    35 mins

    gailanng's Note:

    My absolute 'go-to' recipe for chocolate cake. The brown sugar gives it depth. This recipe is for cake layers only. Use your favorite frosting. From the Hershey's Test Kitchens.

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    Serves: 12-14


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    1. 1
      Break chocolate into pieces; place in small saucepan with 1/3 cup water. Stir constantly over low heat until chocolate has melted. Cool. (This can be successfully done in microwave. Go slow so as not to burn the chocolate.).
    2. 2
      Cream butter and sugar in large mixing bowl until very light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Blend in chocolate.
    3. 3
      Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add alternately with 1 cup water on low speed. Beat just until well-blended. Pour batter into well-greased and floured cake pans.
    4. 4
      Tip: outline a piece of waxed paper the size of the bottom of the cake pan and cut with sissors to size and place in bottom. No need to grease or butter pan.
    5. 5
      Bake at 350 degrees. Cake is done if toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans by inverting onto wire rack. If using waxed paper liner, remove and discard. Cool cake layers completely before frosting.
    6. 6
      Baking Times:.
    7. 7
      Two 8-inch layer pans -- 35-40 minutes.
    8. 8
      Two 9-inch layer pans -- 30-35 minutes.
    9. 9
      Two 8- or 9-inch square pans -- 30-35 minutes.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 27, 2012


      I have been making this same cake recipe for over 30 years! Got it off the back of a baker's chocolate box. Thanks so much for posting it here. It is my go-to recipe for chocolate cake as well. Tried other recipes and have always gone back to this one. I used to make and decorate wedding cakes and this chocolate cake was by far the most requested recipe.

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    • on October 24, 2009


      It doesn't really matter what frosting I used.... (although a bit of butter cream frosting). Its' *all* about the cake here. I followed this exactly, because baked goods are something you can't "giff" on. Taking it step by step and I was sure glad I did. I used APF (all-purpose-flour) and used the stove-top method (double boiler - glass bowl with water in pot).What a fabulous taste. Absolutely. Delicious. Made for *Everyday is a Holiday* October 2009.

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    Nutritional Facts for Deluxe Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cake Layers

    Serving Size: 1 (106 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 399.9
    Calories from Fat 146
    Total Fat 16.2 g
    Saturated Fat 9.8 g
    Cholesterol 61.5 mg
    Sodium 329.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 62.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
    Sugars 40.2 g
    Protein 4.2 g

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