Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Cake

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

A very rich chocolate cake perfect for chocolate lovers! Frost with Hershey's recipe for "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Frosting (recipe included here). I've also included directions for cake variations including 1 pan cake, 3 layer cake, bundt cake and cupcakes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees, Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake 30-35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with "Perfectly Chocolate" chocolate frosting.
  4. "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Frosting.
  5. Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount of additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. Makes about 2 cups frosting.
  6. Cake Variations:.
  7. One-Pan cake: Grease and flour 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 35-40 minutes. Cool completely. Frost.
  8. Three Layer Cake: Grease and flour three 8-inch round baking pans. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 30-35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost.
  9. Bundt Cake: Grease and flour 12-cup bundt pan. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes. Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. Frost.
  10. Cupcakes: Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Frost. Makes about 30 cupcakes.
Most Helpful

I made the Hershey's Perfectly chocolate cake to have for the Super Bowl/father in laws b-day on 2/1/15 and the cake was the best chocolate cake I have ever had and every single one of my guests told me how much they loved it and I was passing the recipe forward! I made a peanut butter frosting instead of the typical chocolate and it was so good! I will make this chocolate cake again! It is easy and doesn't take long!

5 5

THE BEST Chocolate Cake. I've tried quite a few, including Martha Stewart's, and this one is far and away the moistest and chocolatiest chocolate cake out of them all. Nice bonus that it's so easy to make, and doesn't call for any uncommon ingredients so no special grocery shopping trip needed. A fabulous tasting cake I can whip up at a moment's notice with things I already have on hand? LOVE THAT. Definitely a keeper of a recipe.

This is the most AWESOME cake ever. We have been making this cake for over 25 years. It is almost the only cake we make. We have several really great cake recipes but this is the one we almost always default to. Why have great when there is AWESOME! Our family and friends always request it. At work it is requested at least once or twice a month for birthdays. You would think they would tire of it. But it seems to be more popular than ever.<br/><br/>HINT: DO NOT cook this the full time. I can not emphasize this enough. We cook it for 27 to 28 minutes. When tested with a wooden tooth pick, it has moist crumbs sticking to the tooth pick. If you cook it till the tooth pick comes out dry, it will make an ok cake but not awesome.<br/><br/>Another reviewer had a problem with the cake sticking. We have never had that problem. We grease and dust the pan with flour. It always comes out very easy. We normally take the cake out while still warm. But we have taken it out almost directly out from the oven and also over an hour latter. We do run a rubber spatula around the sides.<br/><br/>I have never reviewed a recipe before. Will likely never do so again. But this cake is so good I felt guilty not telling everyone that this is the one recipe they should keep and cherish.. Make this cake! You will love it.