Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe
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Classic Chocolate Cake Recipe

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4.5 58 55
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If you need to learn how to make a cake, this easy chocolate cake recipe is a perfect place to start. It 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.—Betty Follas, Morgan Hill, California
MAKES:
12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:
12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 3 large 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

Directions

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 13x9-in. pan.
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 piece: 257 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 368mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 3 large 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
  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 13x9-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

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Lisa User ID: 9462846 287708
Reviewed May. 12, 2018

"Mine cooked on the outside but not on the inside. I was extremely disappointed. I followed the instructions and ingredients but it just turned out to be a chocolate river."

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Betty User ID: 9453617 286984
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2018

"OMG best cake ever. I enrolled just so I can write this review to let everyone know how easy and tasty this recipe is. This is a must try"

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redhen1970 User ID: 4031186 286695
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2018

"I have been making this recipe for years and its always a hit. So moist and ch."

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Christine User ID: 9175290 285417
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2018

"at the ripe age of 48, I can finally say I have made a cake by scratch. I was amazed at how thick and creamy the batter was after only having experience with box cake mixes that use oil. I used my hand mixer and in the future, I think I would use my stand mixer so I could save time and grab/measure next ingredients while the stand mixer does the work. Very impressed with the recipe and how it turned out."

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Saudbox User ID: 103075 284766
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2018

"The old fashioned Hershey chocolate cake my grandma used to make is almost the same as this except her recipe has 3/4 cups butter, tsp. Vanilla, 1/4 tsp baking powder and uses water instead of milk. Everything else is the same. I make it all the time it’s never dry, but I didn’t have any problem with this one either, but I do prefer grandmas, but it’s what you get use to. Very nice cake. Thx Betty"

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Janie User ID: 7506247 282810
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2018

"Hi! I made this cake yesterday, it's so good! I'm glad I stumbled on to it!"

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LindaCincinnati User ID: 8431987 282199
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2018

"Too funny Mary! My sister would be dumb enough to do the same thing lol. Great recipe, thanks for sharing."

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mary User ID: 9396392 281681
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2018

"good if my dumb sister hadnt added 1 and 1/4 CUPS of baking soda"

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Osum User ID: 602610 279416
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2017

"This was was an easy, SUPER delicious chocolate cake and It is going in my book of favorites !"

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karenlowe1947 User ID: 8912016 278073
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2017

"My son came up north to hunt so we decided to bake also. Our mutual decision was to try this classic cake and it was absolutely delicious! Followed the recipe exactly except had to bake longer. It was dense & moist. No more cake mix for this family."

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