Hershey's Special Dark Picnic Cake

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

A luscious, richly flavored chocolate cake.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Grease and flour 9 x 13 baking pan.
  3. Combine chocolate chips, butter and water in large mixer bowl; stir with spoon until chocolate is melted and mixture is blended.
  4. Gradually add flour, sugar, sour cream, eggs, baking soda, salt and vanilla; beat on low speed of electric mixer until smooth.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
  8. For Frosting:.
  9. Place butter and chocolate chips in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high 1 minute; stir.
  10. If necessary, microwave on high for 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred.
  11. Gradually beat in powdered sugar, milk and vanilla, beating until smooth.
  12. If necessary, refrigerate 5 to 10 minutes or until of desired spreading consistency.
  13. For a stronger chocolate flavored cake, decrease flour to 2 cups and add 1/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa.


Most Helpful

The cake was flavorful and easy to make. (I subbed a mocha flavored coffee for the boiling water.) However the texture of the cake, although moist, was too dense and a little greasy for us.

RedFarmGirl January 27, 2008

This cake was wonderful. It was very similar to a cake I used to have as a child that my mother and aunt would make and that I thought I would never taste again. I subbed coffee as suggested. Its very moist and substantial and the icing is very delicious. This is definitely a keeper.

elliesstuff July 18, 2005

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