Hershey's Chocolate Cake With Frosting

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 40 mins

One night I was craving chocolate cake, but we didn't have a mix and I didn't feel like going to the store. I looked on the back of a box of Hershey's Cocoa and found this recipe. It is just a basic chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, but it is DIVINE. My husband and I both LOVE it and think it is the best cake ever. I will never make chocolate cake from a box again.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. CAKE DIRECTIONS: Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl.
  3. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.
  4. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin).
  6. Pour into 2 greased and floured 9" round pans.
  7. Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Cool 10 minutes, then remove to wire racks and cool completely.
  9. Frost with "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Frosting.
  10. This also makes about 30 cupcakes.
  11. FROSTING DIRECTIONS: Melt butter.
  12. Stir in cocoa.
  13. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating on medium speed to spreading consistency.
  14. Add more milk, if needed.


Most Helpful

This cake is excellent. I've used it for years and have recently made a couple of changes just to kick it up a notch! I use 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup melted butter instead of the 1/2 cup oil. The butter adds richer flavor while the oil adds more moisture. I also use 1 cup very hot coffee instead of the 1 cup boiling water. The coffee just kicks up the chocolate flavor, you don't taste coffee at all. The frosting has good chocolate flavor. To Gloss it up a bit, I add 1 tablespoon light corn syrup to the melted butter, then add the rest of the ingredients as directed.

Soozzee February 25, 2008

This recipe is AMAZING!!! I followed it exactly and doubled the icing recipe to create a beautiful 3 layer cake with iced rosettes. I also made cake balls with the extra cake I had from leveling the layers. I just crumbled the cake, added a bit of icing, shaped them into balls, chilled them, then dipped them in melted chocolate. After they chilled completely they tasted almost like truffles they were so moist. I also made cupcakes and added about 2 tsps. of chocolate chips to each before putting them in the oven. I used this recipe for my moms birthday who is a crazy chocolate lover and she thought it was amazing. I love this recipe and will be using it many more times in the future.

Pixel36 August 31, 2014

I make this cake EVERY time I need a cake now. It is my and my family's absolute favorite! I make it with the modifications noted by Soozzee on 2/25/08 and that makes all the difference. Especially substituting brewed hot coffee for the water, it is fantastic, so rich and yummy. Also, I add parchment paper to the bottom of my 9" rounds first so that the cake doesn't stick to the bottom of the pans. Without parchment, I had a couple crumble on me, so now parchment is a must. I make it for every family birthday, so so good!

PurlyQ January 05, 2012

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