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Hershey’s Chocolate Cake

Yields16 ServingsPrep Time10 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time40 mins

Hershey's chocolate cake with 5 ingredient chocolate frosting is our favorite homemade chocolate cake recipe.

For The Cake
 2 cups granulated sugar
 1 ¾ cups + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
 ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
 1 ½ tsp baking powder
 1 ½ tsp baking soda
 1 tsp salt
 2 large eggs, room temperature
 1 cup buttermilk
 ½ cup oil (vegetable or canola oil)
 2 tsp vanilla extract
 1 cup boiling water , or hot coffee
For The Frosting
 ½ cup melted butter
  cup unsweetened cocoa powder
 3 cups powdered sugar
  cup milk
 1 tsp vanilla extract

Heat the oven to 350°F. Line two 8-inch round baking pans with parchment paper and lightly spray them with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.


Whisk sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and mix well.


Add boiling water (or hot coffee) and stir. The batter will become thinner, but that's okay! Pour the batter into the prepared pans.


Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

For The Frosting:

Mix the butter and cocoa powder.


Add powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract.


Blend for a few minutes until smooth and fluffy.

To Assemble:

Place one cake layer on serving tray. Spread a generous amount of frosting on top.


Add second cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting.


Cut and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 383
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g22%

Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 37mg13%
Sodium 328mg14%
Potassium 203mg6%
Total Carbohydrate 63g21%

Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 28g
Protein 4g8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.