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Old Fashioned Malted Chocolate Cake


2 hours
Skill Level
1 cake

Don't wait for a birthday, graduation, or wedding for this one. Invite your people. Let them eat cake.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
45 minutes
Bake Time
35 minutes
Cool Time
40 minutes


  • 3/4 cup
    butter or margarine (1-1/2 sticks) , softened
  • 1-2/3 cups
  • 3
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup
    HERSHEY'S Syrup
  • 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 cup
  • 1-1/2 cups
    WHOPPERS Malted Milk Balls, crushed, divided
  • Milk Chocolate Drizzle
  • 1/4 cup
    HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1-1/2 tsps
    shortening (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil)

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 
oven oven
 9-inch baking pans 9-inch baking pans
foil foil
mixing bowl mixing bowl
mixer mixer
measuring cups measuring cups
rubber scraper rubber scraper
wire rack wire rack

Heat oven to 350°F. Line two 9-inch round baking pans with foil, extending foil beyond pan edges. Grease and flour lined pans.


Combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in mixer bowl; beat on medium speed until well blended. Add syrup; blend thoroughly. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and baking powder; add alternately with water to butter mixture, beating until blended. Add 1/2 cup crushed malted milk balls. Divide batter evenly into prepared pans.


Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately sprinkle 1/4 cup crushed malted milk balls over surface of each cake layer. Cool completely. Lift cake layers from pans; peel away foil.


Prepare One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting. Frost cake; sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup crushed malted milk balls over surface. Drizzle Milk Chocolate Drizzle over top.


Decorate bottom of cake with additional WHOPPERS Malted Milk Balls.

Milk Chocolate Drizzle:

Combine 1/4 cup HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Chips and 1-1/2 teaspoons shortening (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil); gently heat until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred.


One-Pan Cake: Grease and flour 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 350 F. Pour batter into prepared pan; sprinkle with 1/2 cup crushed malted milk balls. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick comes out clean. Cool completely. Frost; top with remaining 1/2 cup crushed malted milk balls. Drizzle with Milk Chocolate Drizzle using 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon shortening.

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