Homemade Delicious “Especially Dark” Chocolate Cake – The Best Cake Recipe from Hershey’s

by Sugar on January 21, 2018 · 83 comments

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Chocolate cake for dessert is my husband’s apple pie. He is a chocolate addict; a chocoholic. And as much as he loves chocolate ice cream and chocolate candy or candy bars or chocolate anything, his absolute favorite is chocolate cake.

No fruit (heaven forbid), no frills, just homemade chocolate cake. He also likes a box chocolate cake in a pinch but now that I’ve made this HERSHEY’S “Especially Dark” Chocolate Cake Recipe with my own twist, he begs me for this every time, with chocolate frosting (this recipe) or cream cheese or whipped cream. I can usually count on him for anything when I put one of these together.

So here’s how to make THE best, most delicious dark chocolate cake you’ve ever had.  I made this for my mother’s birthday and I think it’s her new favorite too. Recipe details are listed below the video. Enjoy!


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling strong coffee

Directions (cake):

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans. (I like to add a round piece of parchment paper to the bottom of my pans but you don’t have to.)

Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; With electric mixer beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with DARK CHOCOLATE FROSTING. (see recipe below)



  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt butter. Set aside while you mix dry ingredients.

In a mixing bowl, stir together cocoa and powdered sugar then mix in vanilla, heavy cream and butter. Beat with electric mixer until you get a creamy spreading consistency. Add a tablespoon or two of heavy cream if frosting is too dry, or a little extra sugar if too wet.

Makes about 2 cups frosting.

This recipe is my own adaptation of Hershey’s recipe at https://www.hersheys.com/recipes/recipe-details.aspx?id=8108

Viola says:

Can We use a spring form pan

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

The batter may be too watery for it.

Charjb says:

Hi Ms. Sugar have a question can I use a bundt cake will it still turn out the same.

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

I have never baked this mix in a bundt pan before so I’m not sure. The mix is very watery so I’m not sure if it will need extra time because the pan is deeper. If it works let me know.

Elena says:

Hello Sugar! Your blog si fantastic and this chocolate cake too… I will try to do it. I read that you love italian cooking so if you want you can take a look at my blog http://www.countrycooking.it

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:


Thank you so much for the sweet feedback. I just went to your site and it is lovely. It looks amazing!! I can’t wait to check out all of your recipes. XXOO

Sugar :)

Katie says:

I made this cake for my husbands birthday and it was such a big hit! Everyone loved it, and I have to say, I think it was the best homemade cake I’ve ever made. I’m making another one this week for a friends birthday. Thanks for the great recipe! God Bless!

Nikki says:

Perfect cake for chocolate lovers! I’ve been dying for this cake since I received your email and I’m so glad I made it – I wouldn’t change a thing.

Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:

I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to write to me. XO

Lynn says:

Sugar, I am so very happy to see that you are feeling so well and are now back to doing what you love, baking!

This chocolate cake recipe looks delicious, can’t wait to make it.

Thanks again for all the wonderful recipes.


Profile photo of Sugar Profile photo of SugarSugar says:


Thank you honey. It does feel good to be back. XXOO