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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. 24, 2014 Edited Aug. 29, 2014

"My sis is a fan of chocolate cakes. She absolutely loved this cake. Despite some bad reviews, I made this cake. Turned out amazing. It was moist, chocolaty and delicious. I frosted it with my favorite glossy chocolate icing. I've tried a lot of cakes. But this definitely is my go to recipe. The best cake I ever made! It was finished in no time. Will definitely try it again and I do recommend it to others."

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2014

"Just like mom used to make! I like to frost it with buttercream or cream cheese frosting."

Reviewed Jul. 18, 2014

"Easy to follow instructions.... cost effective and extremely tasty!!!!"

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

"Was looking for a chocolate cake recipe for my daughter's 1 year birthday party. With all the positive reviews I tried it and it was a success. Made a 2 layer cake with strawberry jam in between. My husband, who is a dessert fanatic, made sure that I had a copy of this recipe in my cookbook!"

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

"Loved the cake, though i have one more suggestion to make it more "interesting", right after you take it out of the oven and while its still hot, add 2 cups of cold milk (not at once ofcourse) and then leave it to cool, at the same time you can prepare the frosting by mixing a nutella jar (400g) with 300ml of extra thick double cream, let it cool in the fridge for an hour and then add top the cake with it and leave the cake in the fridge for a whole day for it to be perfect"

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