April 19, 2010
Because two people asked and because it’s after 10 and I still need to post something and because it’s easier to post a recipe than put together a proper introduction for one of my guest posts, I am going to share my chocolate cake recipe. I believe the cake part is originally from the back of the can of Hershey’s cocoa. I got it from my mom though and I’ve made it enough times now that I own it in my little world.
It’s good cake though. Look, Baby Swiss likes it.
(photo from her birthday party)
Okay, here you go:
Hershey’s Chocolate Cake:
2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1/2 c. cocoa
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
1 c. milk
1/2 c. oil
*2 t. vanilla
1 c. boiling water
Mix dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla.
Beat on medium speed for 2 min.
Stir in boiling water.
**Pour into 2 greased & floured 9″ cake pans.
***Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.
****Cool completely before frosting.
A few notes from me:
*I always use more vanilla than a recipe calls for. This is the recipe, I probably use more like 4 t.
**If you want a three layer cake, this recipe is easy to convert to 1.5x all the measurements.
***I set my timer for 20 minutes and check obsessively after that. You don’t want to overbake it. You want it to be super moist.
****Trust me on this one. I was in a hurry once and my layers all slid off each other and it was a visual train-wreck (still delicious though).
Chocolate Buttercream Icing* (warning-this recipe contains both butter & cream — would you believe I have a friend who once made what she called buttercream icing without either?):
6 T. butter, softened
1/3 c. cocoa
2 2/3 c. powdered sugar
~1/3 c. cream
1 t. vanilla
*I usually double this recipe for a three layer cake and 1.5x it for a two layer cake because I find that it’s not quite enough. You will likely use more than 1/3 c. of cream, but go slow adding the extra, you don’t want your frosting too thin-it won’t hold the layers together. Don’t you dare bake this cake and put frosting from a jar on it.