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Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe

This Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe is a cinch to make and only requires a few ingredients. The easy chocolate cake recipe is surely going to become one of your favorite cakes, whether for a birthday, holiday or for an after-dinner dessert. 

Picture of chocolate cake with frosting on a white plate.

 

Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe

I was kind of winging it with this recipe. I found a little index card in the tin recipe holder that I inherited from my grandmother. She happened to leave off a little bit of important info, like measurements and baking times. Ya know, stuff ya need. 

I am guessing that some of the info was left off because my grandmother cooked all the time and just knew what to do. The recipe also called for a 25-cent can of chocolate syrup, so chances are, it was written down a long time ago, which makes it all the more fun trying to figure things out. But, I must admit, I do like the way they kept their recipes back in the day. 

I was hoping that the 25-cent can of Hershey’s syrup they used to get was the same size as the one that now sells for more than $2.00. I took a chance and decided to use the 16-ounce size and added every drop of it. 

When I mixed the chocolate cake ingredients together, I kinda thought, there’s no way this thing will rise. There’s too much liquid. But, to my delight, it did, and the house now smells like a chocolate factory–and that’s ok with me. 

Things you’ll need for this moist chocolate cake recipe: 

  • Oven
  • Large bowl
  • Hand mixer
  • Spatula 
  • 9″ x 13″ cake pan
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Self-rising flour
  • Eggs
  • 16 oz. can Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Cream cheese
  • Powdered sugar
  • Unsweetened cocoa
  • Butter

How do you bake a cake step by step?

  1. Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl and cream together. 
  2. Next, add the self-rising flour and mix. 
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix into the cake batter. 
  4. Finally, add the Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup and mix together. 
  5. Pour into a greased and floured pan and bake for approximately 30-minutes or until the cake tester comes out clean. 

 

Recipe and Printable Instructions Listed Below

This is an easy chocolate cake recipe that is a fun dessert to make.

Start off by mixing a softened stick of butter with a cup of sugar. Cream the two together with your hand mixer. 

 

Add the eggs, flour and butter and mix together to get a delicious Hershey Chocolate Cake

Next, you’re going to add in the self-rising flour. Mix it together and then add the eggs one at a time. 

 

The Hershey Chocolate Cake recipe is a fun homemade recipe.

And now the best part–add the Hershey’s chocolate syrup–the entire can! (If you need to taste test it first, that’s totally understandable).

It really does seem like it’s never going to rise and bake like a cake because there’s so much liquid, but you will be really surprised. It comes out so moist and delicious. 

 

Chocolate cake is such a delicious treat, and when you add syrup, oh baby, it's good. I found this recipe in the tin box that I inherited from my grandmother, and I am so glad I made it. It's a recipe that I am excited to share with all of you!

Pour it into a greased and floured 9″ x 13″ cake pan. 

If you want to make the homemade chocolate cake even prettier, you can also use two round cake pans and create a couple of layers. It’s so pretty once you get it all mixed up and into the cake pan.

Bake it for approx. 30 minutes, or until the cake tester or knife comes out clean.

 Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe

You'll love the moist cake recipe.

Let the cake cool before frosting. 

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

This is one of the easiest and quickest frosting recipes out there. It’s inexpensive and you can create different flavors with this recipe, whether it’s lemon, vanilla, chocolate, or something else entirely.

  1. Mix the softened butter and softened cream cheese together in a bowl until all of the lumps are gone. 
  2. Add the unsweetened cocoa and mix together. 
  3. Finally, add the powdered sugar and mix until well blended. 
  4. Spread on the cake. 

What ingredient makes cakes moist?

It varies from cake to cake, but for the most part eggs and butter help make a cake moist. Liquids such as sour cream, milk, buttermilk, and even Hershey’s chocolate syrup can also add a lot of moisture to a cake. 

What can I use in a cake instead of eggs?

There are quite a few ingredients that you can use to keep a cake moist without using eggs including applesauce, mashed bananas, egg substitute, yogurt, buttermilk, or nut butters. 

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Tips for making chocolate cake:

  • To keep the cake from sticking, dust the pan with cocoa instead of flour so it will not appear white. 
  • When getting ready to add the cake to the oven, pat it down on the counter a few times to get out air bubbles. 
  • Don’t open the door while the cake is baking. If you’re tempted, just turn on the oven light and look inside through the glass window. If you open the door you risk deflating the cake. 

 

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Yield: 18 pieces

Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe

Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe

This Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe is cinch to make and only requires a few ingredients. The easy chocolate cake recipe is surely going to become one of your favorite cakes, whether for a birthday, holiday, or for an after-dinner dessert. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 stick butter (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 - 16 oz. can chocolate syrup

Frosting

  • 1 stick butter (softened)
  • 1 - 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Grease and flour a 9" x 13" pan.

Cake

  1. Mix the butter and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Add the self-rising flour and mix.
  3. Add the eggs, and mix, one at a time.
  4. Add the chocolate syrup and mix until well blended.
  5. Pour into the cake pan and bake for approximately 30-minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
  6. Allow the cake to cool.

Frosting

  1. Mix the butter and cream cheese until well blended.
  2. Add the cocoa and mix.
  3. Add the powdered sugar and mix until well blended.
  4. Spread onto the cooled cake.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 338Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 237mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 1gSugar: 36gProtein: 4g
Nutrition is approximate.

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Busy mom

Monday 14th of August 2017

Wow, not only does this look divine (a chocolate lover's dream), but you can never beat a sheet cake in my opinion! I think we'll have to create a special occasion in the very near future so I can make (and taste) this cake. I might try some nuts on half of the cake for those in my family who love the addition of chopped pecans with their chocolate icing.

Julie Pollitt

Monday 14th of August 2017

Hi Busy Mom! It is so tasty! Let's see, ideas for a special occasion can include a rainy day, or a sunny day, or Monday, or...! I am usually great at coming up with special occasions for cakes. :)

My husband loves walnuts in everything and the rest of us like treats without walnuts (actually I will eat it any way I can get it). So, that's a great idea to try it on half.

Julie Pollitt

Monday 14th of August 2017

Hi Busy Mom! It is so tasty! Let's see, ideas for a special occasion can include a rainy day, or a sunny day, or Monday, or...! I am usually great at coming up with special occasions for cakes. :)

My husband loves walnuts in everything and the rest of us like treats without walnuts (actually I will eat it any way I can get it). So, that's a great idea to try it on half.