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A slice of Hershey's perfectly chocolate chocolate cake, with chocolate frosting, on a white plate with a chocolate cake in the background.
Hershey's "perfectly chocolate" Chocolate Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

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

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Unit: cup, large, teaspoon
Servings: 16
Calories: 383 kcal
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
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

  2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. 

  3. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. 

  4. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

  5. Bake 30 to 35 minutes

For a 9x13'' One Layer Cake
  1. 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:
  1. 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:
  1. Combine butter and cocoa powder.

  2. Add powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract.

  3. You might also love my German Chocolate Cake!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*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. 


Nutrition Facts
Hershey's "perfectly chocolate" Chocolate Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 383 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 328mg 14%
Potassium 203mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 63g 21%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 48g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 4.8%
Calcium 5.6%
Iron 10.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.