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HERSHEY'S Old Fashioned Cake


3 hours
Skill Level
1 cake

This old-fashioned HERSHEY'S chocolate cake recipe first appeared on the back of HERSHEY'S Cocoa tin over a century ago. Today, it remains a timeless tradition for many families. Made from scratch with butter and cocoa powder, it's sure to become your new favorite.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
20 minutes
Bake Time
30 minutes
Cool Time
2 hours


  • 3/4 cup
    butter or margarine (1-1/2 sticks) , softened
  • 1 2/3 cups
  • 3
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2 cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1 1/4 tsps
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 1/3 cups
  • 1/2 cup
    hard peppermint candy finely crushed (optional)
  • Additional
    crushed peppermint candy (optional)
add a garnish Add a Garnish

Make our One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting to complete the recipe as shown in the image.


Equipment Needed 
Oven Oven
Baking Pan (2) 9-Inch Baking Pans
Baking Pan 13x9x2-Inch Baking Pan
 Mixing Bowl Mixing Bowl
Mixer Mixer
Bowl Bowl
Measuring Cups Measuring Cups
Wire Rack Wire Rack

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans or one 13x9x2-inch baking pan.


Combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl; beat on high speed of mixer 3 minutes. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and baking powder; add alternately with water to butter mixture, beating until blended. Add candy, if desired. 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 "One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting". Just before serving, garnish with peppermint candy, if desired.

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