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Hershey’s Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

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When it comes to chocolate cake nothing tastes as good as this Hershey’s Chocolate Cake. With so much chocolate flavor, it seems impossible that you could taste anything but chocolate, but with this cake, there are so many layers of flavors, you are sure to enjoy every single bite.

If you can not get enough chocolate, you can also try this Chocolate Raspberry Fudge Pie. Just as rich, this fudge pie takes a different twist on chocolate.

easy chocolate blackout cake

Hershey’s Chocolate Cake

One bite of this easy chocolate blackout cake and you will have a new favorite cake. This cake is rich and moist and delicious and the best possible chocolate cake anyone could ask for. Based on the Blackout Cake that was made famous by a bakery in New York during WW2, this cake is a one of a kind masterpiece that is sure to make any chocoholic happy.

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Special dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Eggs
  • Sour cream
  • Buttermilk
  • Water
  • Espresso powder
  • Canola oil
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Unsalted sweet cream butter
  • Cream cheese
  • Powder sugar
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Heavy Whipping Cream

easy chocolate blackout cake

Do I Have to Add Coffee to This Blackout Cake?

The reason you want to add the espresso powder and warm water to this cake is that it brings the richness of the chocolate cake out. If you are concerned about a strong coffee taste to the cake, you won’t notice it. All of the best chocolate cake recipes use coffee. It gives the best flavor to the chocolate.

easy chocolate blackout cake

How to Make Hershey’s Chocolate Cake

Stat with a preheated oven and prepared 9 inch cake pan. Line the pans with parchment paper and baking spray.

In a small bowl, mix together the espresso powder and warm water.

Using a mixer, mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Slowly add in eggs, sour cream buttermilk, espresso, oil, and vanilla.

Divide the batter between the pans and bake for 25-35 minutes. The cakes are done when a toothpick comes out clean.

Allow the cakes to cool for 20 minutes.

Next, make the frosting.

Using a mixer, beat together the cream cheese and butter. Slowly add in the cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt.
Gradually add in the powdered sugar.
Add in the heavy cream until the frosting is smooth and fluffy.

Put 1 cup of frosting in a piping bag for decorating.

Place a layer of cake onto the cake board

chocolate cake layer

Scoop out 4-6 scoops of frosting and smooth it evenly cake.

Place the next layer of cake on top and spread more frosting

chocolate frosted cake

Place the last layer of cake on the top and frost the remaining cake with the remaining frosting.

chocolate frosted cake

Add a coat of mini chocolate chips on the side of the cake.

Using a saucepot, heat the heavy whipping cream until it is steaming.

While heavy whipping cream is heating up, place the chocolate chips into a heat-proof bowl.

Then once the heavy whipping cream is heated to the point of steaming, pour over the chocolate chips.

Allow it to sit for 1 minute before whisking it smooth.

Pour ganache into the squeeze bottle.

Add dollops of ganache over the edge of the cake and then pipe dollops of frosting on the top of the cake.

Sprinkle some mini chocolate chips onto the frosting dollops.

Cut and serve and enjoy

Tips for Making This the Best Chocolate Cake Recipe Ever

Use Special Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder. This gives the best flavor. Since it is dark chocolate, it combines well with the other flavors and provides richer chocolate. There is plenty of sweetness to combat any bitterness from the darker chocolate.

Make sure to use buttermilk. If you do not have buttermilk, you can curdle regular milk by adding a tablespoon of vinegar. The acidity that buttermilks brings to this cake is a necessity for the best flavor possible. It also gives the cat additional fat which helps to keep to the cake moist.

Servings: 12

Hershey's Chocolate Cake

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Decorating:
15 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
 
When it comes to chocolate cake nothing tastes as good as this Hershey's Chocolate Cake. With so much chocolate flavor, it seems impossible that you could taste anything but chocolate, but with this cake, there are so many layers of flavors, you are sure to enjoy every single bite.

Ingredients

  • 3 C flour
  • 3 C sugar
  • 1 1/2 C special dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 C sour cream
  • 1 C buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 C warm water
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder
  • 1/2 C canola oil
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • 1 - 8 oz cream cheese soften
  • 1 1.2 Hershey special dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 7 C powder sugar
  • 1/4 C heavy whipping cream
  • 2 C of mini chocolate chips

Chocolate Ganache Ingredients

  • 1 C semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray three 9 in cake pans with pam baking spray
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the espresso and the warm water until combined
  3. Using your standing mixer, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt until combined
  4. Gradually add in the eggs, sour cream, buttermilk, espresso, oil and vanilla extract until combined and
  5. Divide the batter between the 3 pans
  6. Place in the oven to bake for 25-35 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean
  7. Allow cakes to cool for 20 minutes
  8. Frosting Directions
  9. Using the standing mixer again, beat the cream cheese and butter until combined and smooth
  10. Gradually mix in the cocoa powder, vanilla and salt
  11. Very slowly, beat in the powdered sugar until combined
  12. Whisk in the heavy whipping cream until the ice cream is smooth and fluffy
  13. Scoop 1 C of frosting into the piping bag
  14. Directions to build the cake
  15. Place 1 layer of cake onto the cake board
  16. Using the ice cream scooper, scoop out 4-6 scoops of frosting and smooth evenly on one layer of cake
  17. Place another layer of cake on top and spread more frosting
  18. Place the last layer on top and frost the remaining cake with remaining frosting
  19. Coat the sides of the cake with the mini chocolate chips
  20. Chocolate ganache directions
  21. Using a small pot, heat up the heavy whipping cream until steaming
  22. While heavy whipping cream is heating up, place chocolate chips into a heat-proof bowl
  23. Once the heavy whipping cream is heated, pour over the chocolate chips
  24. Allow to sit for 1 minute before whisking until smooth
  25. Pour ganache into the squeeze bottle
  26. Pipe dollops of ganache over the edge of the cake
  27. Pipe dollops of frosting onto the top of the cake
  28. Sprinkle some mini chocolate chips onto the frosting dollops
  29. Cut and serve and enjoy
Nutrition Facts
Hershey's Chocolate Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1029 Calories from Fat 477
% Daily Value*
Fat 53g82%
Saturated Fat 28g175%
Cholesterol 87mg29%
Sodium 932mg41%
Potassium 419mg12%
Carbohydrates 133g44%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 97g108%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 1019IU20%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 153mg15%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Hershey's Chocolate Cake

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