A slice of Hershey's perfectly chocolate chocolate cake, with chocolate frosting, on a white plate with a chocolate cake in the background.
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Hershey's "perfectly chocolate" Chocolate Cake

Hershey's "perfectly chocolate" chocolate cake with 5 ingredient chocolate frosting is our favorite homemade chocolate cake recipe.  
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 383kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


For the Chocolate Cake

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup oil (vegetable or canola oil)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

For the Chocolate Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter (*see note)
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  • Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. 
  • Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. 
  • Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes

For a 9x13'' One Layer Cake

  • Grease 9x13'' pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely. Frost.

For Cupcakes:

  • Line cupcake pan with paper liners and fill 2/3 full with batter. Bake cupcakes for 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely completely before frosting. Makes 24-30 cupcakes

For the Chocolate Frosting:

  • Combine butter and cocoa powder.
  • Add powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract.
  • You might also love my German Chocolate Cake!



*For a richer flavored chocolate frosting, try melting the butter before stirring in the cocoa powder
*Read my tips for making perfect chocolate cake, above in the post. 


Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1.8mg