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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 Jan. 26, 2016

"Tried it last night and the taste is awesome. Simple recipe yet fantastic results. Love From Malaysia."

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2016

"The recipe for this cake is so simple. I did not adjust anything. I made it for a birthday and everyone absolutely LOVED it! Also, it was my first time ever making a homemade cake!

This recipe was a SUCCESS!"

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"Simple - worked 1st time"

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2015

"My boyfriend is a chocoholic so I am always looking for easy and new chocolate recipes. This was really good. I did however make a few changes as others have suggested. I added a tsp. Of vanilla extract, I added chocolate pudding mix and I also used 2 whole eggs and one egg yolk to ensure the cake was light and moist. The cake itself was sweet so I just dusted top with powdered sugar. It was a hit and I will def. be making it for years to come. Thanks for recipe"

Reviewed Sep. 21, 2015

"Erica Below must have really pulled an error as I have not seen anyone where the cake hasn't completed. Maybe you added too much baking powder and soda, or I have actually used self rising flour by accident on a cake recipe and ended up with your result. This cake was wonderful as I love a "quick pan cake" for a quick children's snack. PS EVaporated milk would be ok, but not sweetened condensed, sorry. PS. Adding pudding will add moistness, but if you want to use layers you will lose density. If you want a little moister, just add about 1/4 cup oil and will be much more moist and yet still very frost able."

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