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Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe
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Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe

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This recipe appeared on a can of Hershey's Cocoa way back in 1943. I tried it, my boys liked it and I've been making it ever since. I make all my cakes from scratch, and this is one of the best! —Betty Follas, Morgan Hill, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cups milk
  • Confectioners' sugar or favorite frosting

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 257 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 368 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating until smooth after each addition. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13-in. x 9-in. pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool on a wire rack. When cake is cool, dust with confectioners' sugar or frost with your favorite frosting. Yield: 12-15 servings.
If Cooking for Two: Freeze unfrosted cake in serving-size portions.
Originally published as Classic Chocolate Cake in Reminisce Extra June 1993, p47

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 257 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 368 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

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Reviewed Aug. 29, 2015

"Very delicious! This recipe was very simple to make, and the cake turned out to be very tasty. It was perhaps a bit on the dry side, so next time I will try some sort of trick in order to make it more moist."

Reviewed Aug. 9, 2015

"cooked it a little too long so it was a little dry but other than that it was delicious!"

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2015

"Literally followed every direction to the T and only filled the backing pan about one 3rd of the way full and after 10 min it smelled SO bad... I opened the oven and there was gross chocolate goo everywhere. I don't know what happened. But I'm really mad because now my kitchen smells disgusting and there is burnt goo everywhere and NO CAKE. I was so excited to have a yummy chocolaty birthday cake for my best friend's child and now I have ruined her oven and her poor daughters birthday... #^%&^*$#& I'm so frustrated. Sorry, but this recipe was a disaster and now this kids birthday party sucks."

Reviewed May. 22, 2015

"Love this cake! My whole family loves it as well and it's rare for all of us to agree on a food. I prefer it with a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top, but hubs likes it with frosting. As long as I keep this cake covered, it stays moist and delicious!"

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2015

"pretty good... my friend and I made this cake today and the flavor was pretty good, however it wasn't all that moist. I would maybe suggest using more milk and quite a bit more milk and more cacao for a moister, stronger chocolate cake. :)"

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