easy chocolate blackout cake

Hershey's Chocolate Cake

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.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword blackout cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Decorating 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 1029 kcal
Author Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons


  • 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


  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.