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Dark Chocolate Cake


Chocolate lovers beware…..this chocolate cake will call to you for a second serving!!!

I made this cake for someone’s birthday, who loves chocolate and lots of frosting.

I used the Dark Chocolate HERSHEY’S Cocoa for the cake, and made a double batch of the Dark Chocolate frosting.

It was very rich, very dark, and no leftovers.

Dark Chocolate Cake

Dark Chocolate Cake


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract (or rum extract)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
  • (Single batch)
  • 6 Tbs. butter, softened
  • 2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup HERSHEY”S Cocoa
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (or rum extract)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour two 9-inch, round baking pans.
  3. In a large mixer bowl, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add eggs, milk, oil, and extract.
  5. Beat two minutes on medium speed of electric mixer.
  6. Stir in boiling water.
  7. (Batter will be thin)
  8. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  9. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  10. Cool 10 minutes.
  11. Remove from pans to wire racks.
  12. Cool completely.
  13. While the cake is cooling, prepare the frosting.
  14. Slice each cake in half horizontally, using a cake leveler.
  15. Sprinkle each layer with water mixed with a 1/8 tsp. of extract, or sugar, to moisten it.
  16. Spread the first layer with frosting, cover with the second layer, spread the second layer with frosting, cover with third layer, spread the third layer with frosting, cover with the fourth layer.  Now frost the top and sides of the cake.
  17. Refrigerate, for the frosting to set.
  18. Directions for Frosting:
  19. Beat butter in a small mixer bowl.
  20. Add powdered sugar and cocoa alternatively with milk.
  21. Beat to spreading consistency (add a little more milk if needed).
  22. Blend in extract.
  23. Set aside, until cake is ready for frosting.


This is a perfect treat for that someone special on Valentine's Day, or any time.

6 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate Cake”

  1. D.Marie says:

    Hi again!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love to scrapbook…I have some older posts with pics of my scrapbook I made for my mom for Mother’s Day last yr…she loved it and wants another one! I just know your daughter will enjoy making one for your grand-daughter. Thank you for the wonderful compliments. I just saw that you put a recipe up for Chocolate Cake and I thought of this email my aunt sent me about the most dangerous cake recipe…here it is!

    This is very dangerous…..chocolate cake any time of the day.

    The most dangerous cake recipe


    4 tablespoons flour

    4 tablespoons sugar

    2 tablespoons cocoa

    1 egg

    3 tablespoons milk

    3 tablespoons oil ..or try real butter…worked very well

    3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)

    a small splash of vanilla extract

    1 large coffee mug

    Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix

    thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate

    chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.

    Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts

    (high). The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed!

    Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired. EAT! (this can serve

    2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).

    And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world?

    Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake

    at any time of the day or night!

    You are going to print this out straight away, aren’t you

  2. Suburban Grandma says:

    Wow….you are great!!!!Thank you so much for coming back to my blog and for sharing such a wonderful recipe…..since I have all the ingredients on hand, I am trying this cake tonight. Hopefully it will turns out well, since I never made a cake in a microwave before, then I would love to post your recipe on my blog and include a picture of the cake. Wish me luck!!!

  3. Suburban Grandma says:

    Well……I don’t have a picture of the cake……I made it, but……..I would not call it a success. Something is missing….maybe baking powder…because it lacks moisture. Maybe I have to try it again, and taste it while it’s still warm.

  4. D.Marie says:

    Thats great that you made it! I dont really bake…but since this one is in the microwave maybe I shall try it too! 🙂

  5. Indy says:

    I thought you said it was a dangerous cake that your grandma made? And you’d never tried it before….?

  6. Suburban Grandma says:

    LOL…I mean that this cake is sooooo good, it is almost “dangerous” to think about it (in a comical way), since you will want to eat the whole cake yourself in one sitting….and we all know about calories….

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