Hershey’s Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

5.0 from 3 reviews
Deep Dark Chocolate Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
This is by far the best dark chocolate cake I have ever made!! Oh my gosh, I can't even begin to explain without needing a cigarette. Unfiltered. That's right, it's that good.
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 & ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa (I used and recommend Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa)
  • 1 & ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 & ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • One Bowl Chocolate Frosting (Below)
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease and flour two 9-inch cake rounds or one 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the first six ingredients (sugar through salt); add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin); pour into prepared pan(s) and bake in a preheated 350° F oven for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes our clean.
  4. If baking cake rounds, allow rounds to cool slightly before turning out onto wire racks to cool completely. If using rectangular baking pan, allow cake to cool completely before icing.
ONE BOWL CHOCOLATE FROSTING: 6 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature 2 & ⅔ cups confectioner's (powdered) sugar ½ cup cocoa (again, I used and recommend Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa) ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract In a medium-sized bowl, mix and beat all ingredients using an electric mixer. If icing seems too thick, add a touch more heavy cream until desired consistency is reached, taking care not to over-thin the icing. I have found these amounts enough to frost the top and center layer of two, stacked, 9-inch cake rounds (but not the sides) or the top of a 13x9x2-inch rectangular cake. If you are looking to frost the sides of the stacked cake rounds as well, consider doubling these amounts.

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20 Responses to Hershey’s Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

  1. Sharon February 16, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    I have made this cake for the last 30 plus years and you are correct, it is absolutely without fail the best chocolate cake recipe ever!!!

  2. erica June 17, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    try it with hot coffee instead of boiling water. It should be reminiscent of black magic cake. you might die of delicious.

  3. Jeneen July 11, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

    O.m.g!! Shut the front door!! This recipe is da bomb!! It is moist, rich, and delicious. I have never had a successful moist from-scratch cake until now. This will be my go-to chocolate cake recipe.

    • Joshua Trent July 29, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      Great! Glad you liked it! Thanks for commenting! :)

  4. Katie September 21, 2013 at 12:49 am #

    I made this cake for a friend’s birthday and it was such a huge hit. I have never gotten that many compliments, and the 12 birthday guests literally ate the entire cake. I used a thin ganache glaze and garnished with a border of strawberries. Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe!

  5. Cottop Top January 30, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    My husband had a horrible year due to bladder cancer and removal of his bladder, when he finally was feeling better, he requested a chocolate cake. He was thrilled with the cake!!! It was nice seeing him finally enjoying something so much and smiling. Thank you.

    • Joshua Trent January 30, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

      Cotton Top what a good story, thank you for sharing! I hope he has a speedy recovery and it sounds like he’s in good hands!

  6. Anonymous February 8, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    Do you think this recipe would work with 24 cupcakes? Approximately how long would you bake them?

    • Joshua Trent February 8, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

      Hi! I think they’ll work fine for cupcakes, my experience has been that almost any cake recipe will work for cupcakes. I would start testing them with a toothpick at about 20-25 minutes and then every 5 minutes until it comes out clean. Good luck and let me know if they work out!

  7. Anonymous February 8, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    btw…sounds delicious!!

  8. Cheryl Murdoch February 14, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    Does anybody know the conversion of cocoa powder to hard dark chocolate?

    • Joshua Trent February 16, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

      I know typically you can substitute cocoa powder with unsweetened chocolate, about 1 oz square for every 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder in the recipe and then also take out 1 tablespoon of the fat (in this case vegetable oil). SO the answer is 3/4 cup of cocoa powder would be 12 tablespoons or 4 ounces of unsweetened chocolate and then 1/4 cup vegetable oil instead of 1/2.

  9. Mary Katharine Johnson April 28, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    This recipe sounds wonderful and I will make it soon,I have just one question, the Hershey’s special dark cocoa…is it sweetened or not?

    • Joshua Trent April 28, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

      Hi Mary – No it’s not sweetened, it’s 100% cocoa so it’s very very bitter by itself, however when you use it in recipes with sugar it’s very very chocolatey. Let me know how it turns out!

  10. Lady J June 12, 2014 at 12:53 am #

    The cake is unbelievably good, I will try a richer mocha icing next time (my only reservation) but the cake is terrific.

  11. Svarna June 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    Hi Joshua, I know I am asking for too much , but is there any way I can make this cake eggless?? Need to make it for a friends birthday in 2 days.. Please help !

  12. Rosemary September 1, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    This cake was sooooooo good the only changes I did was minus the hot water and use a cup of hot coffee and I also use buttermilk. Making it again today. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe with us.

  13. cgvalle1 December 8, 2014 at 9:00 am #

    Best chocolate cake recipe ever! Been using it for years!

  14. Mary June 7, 2015 at 8:39 am #

    Hi, I love and have made this recipe many times since I’ve found it, but I’ve yet to make a bundt out of it. Would you happen to know what the baking times for this cake might be if I were to bake it in a bundt pan?



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