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Chocolate cake for dessert is my husband’s apple pie. He is a chocolate addict; a chocoholic. And as much as he loves chocolate ice cream and chocolate candy or candy bars or chocolate anything, his absolute favorite is chocolate cake.
No fruit (heaven forbid), no frills, just homemade chocolate cake. He also likes a box chocolate cake in a pinch but now that I’ve made this HERSHEY’S “Especially Dark” Chocolate Cake Recipe with my own twist, he begs me for this every time, with chocolate frosting (this recipe) or cream cheese or whipped cream. I can usually count on him for anything when I put one of these together.
So here’s how to make THE best, most delicious dark chocolate cake you’ve ever had. I made this for my mother’s birthday and I think it’s her new favorite too. Recipe details are listed below the video. Enjoy!
2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling strong coffee
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans. (I like to add a round piece of parchment paper to the bottom of my pans but you don’t have to.)
Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; With electric mixer beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake 30 to 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 DARK CHOCOLATE FROSTING. (see recipe below)
DARK CHOCOLATE FROSTING
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2/3 cup HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Melt butter. Set aside while you mix dry ingredients.
In a mixing bowl, stir together cocoa and powdered sugar then mix in vanilla, heavy cream and butter. Beat with electric mixer until you get a creamy spreading consistency. Add a tablespoon or two of heavy cream if frosting is too dry, or a little extra sugar if too wet.
Makes about 2 cups frosting.