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Featured Holiday Recipe: HERSHEY'S Classic Chocolate Cake


December 12, 2022

The team at CHEF’STORE® thanks HERSHEY’S for their sponsorship and for sharing this delicious recipe with us.

The holidays are about sharing good food and quality time with loved ones. Share some goodness with your guests this holiday season with a decadent cake featuring America’s favorite chocolates—HERSHEY’S! Not only does HERSHEY’S produce high-quality chocolates for iconic desserts, but it also boasts an impressive sustainability program. The company’s Shared Goodness Promise is dedicated to supporting the people and land behind their legendary sweets, a true reason to celebrate having a sweet tooth.

For over 125 years, HERSHEY’S has been delivering exquisite cocoa products, and now you get to pass that tradition of time-honored eats to your friends and family. This classic cake recipe will remind you of diner-style desserts. The cake is moist, rich in chocolate flavor, and finished with an addictive chocolate buttercream frosting. Plus, since you are using HERSHEY’S famous cocoa powder, you know it will be a holiday hit!

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HERSHEY’S Classic Chocolate Cake

Yield: 3, 9in layer cakes 

Prep time: 30 minutes 

Cook time: 20-25 minutes 


3 lbs. Sugar

1 lb. 10 oz. All-purpose flour

8 oz. HERSHEY’S Cocoa, Natural

4 ½ tsp. Baking powder

1 ½ tsp. Baking soda

1 tbsp. Salt

10½ oz. Eggs

24 fl. oz. Milk

12 fl. oz. Vegetable oil

1 oz. Vanilla extract

24 fl. oz. Boiling water

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:

12 oz. Salted butter, softened 

3 lbs. Powdered sugar

8 oz. HERSHEY’S Cocoa, Natural

10 fl. oz. Milk 

3/4 oz. Vanilla extract

Cooking Instructions

  1. Heat convection oven to 300°F (standard oven: 350°F). Generously spray six (9-inch) round baking pans with vegetable cooking spray and dust with flour.
  2. Prepare CHOCOLATE CAKE: Blend sugar, flour, HERSHEY'S Cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in 20 qt. stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla; continue mixing on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water until well blended (batter will be thin). Evenly divide the batter into each prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes* or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
  4. Prepare CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING: Mix butter in 20 qt. stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until creamy. Add powdered sugar and HERSHEY'S Cocoa alternately with milk, mixing until it reaches a spreading consistency (additional milk may be needed). Blend in vanilla.
  5. Evenly divide and frost cakes with chocolate buttercream frosting.  Makes 10 to 12 servings per cake.

*If using a convection oven, rotate pans one-half turn (180°) after 15 minutes of baking.

Chocolate cake and a silver fork on a white plate.

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