First, let me say that part of this recipe is my own, part belongs to Hershey’s and part belongs to my mom. Add all those together, which means I tweaked a lil and you come up with my wife’s favorite cake. One which she gets every year for her birthday. I will pre-warn you, if you make this cake completely from scratch it can be a bit expensive and time consuming. If I were to cheat on the cake mix itself, which I’ve done before, there is a cake close to mine you can buy from the store. However, the icing you won’t be able to find pre-made.
Cake Mix Ingredients
2 Cups of Sugar
2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
2 Large Eggs
1 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Veg. Oil
1 Cup Hot Water
1/2 Cup Hershey’s Choc Chips
2 Tbs. Hershey’s Choc. Syrup
3/4 Cup Hershey’s Cocoa
1 Large (12oz) Cool Whip Whipped Cream
1 8oz Cream Cheese
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
6 Hershey’s Chocolate Bars
First, you want to make sure you leave the cream cheese out so it softens while your making everything else. You won’t make your icing until the cake is done and cools. That will be enough time for the cream cheese to be out.
In a large cake mixer, mix sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, eggs, milk, veg. oil, cocoa, chocolate chips and Hershey’s syrup. Mix on low for 1 minute until you get it all blended together, then mix for two minutes on medium speed. Then stir in Hot Water.
Pour into 2 greased, non-stick 9″ pans. Bake on 325-350 for 30 minutes or until done (place tooth pick in center. Should come back with no cake mix).
Once the cake is done, remove from oven, let sit for a few minutes. Then remove from pans and place on drying racks.
If you want to skip making the cake from scratch, Dunkin Hines Triple Chocolate Cake is the best substitute I’ve found available in stores. I still add Hershey’s Syrup when I use it.
Directions for Icing
Make sure your cake is cooled completely before you even think about making this. Remember what the ingredients are. If you put that on a hot cake, you’re going to have a mess. A lesson I learned the hard way when I was in a hurry one time.
In your large cake mixer, dump cool whip in first, let it sit for 5-10 minutes. While you’re waiting, dice up all 6 of your Hershey’s Chocolate Bars. Don’t do it before now or they will melt. Once you’re done, add your cream cheese, sugar and powdered sugar and stir them together. Slowly enter the mixer into it and turn it on very slow. If you have a cover for your mixer, it’d be smart to use it. Mix it for a little, then add half of your Chocolate Bars. Continue to mix until it looks whipped. Don’t mix for longer than 1 minute or it will turn to mush.
Place one layer of cake on your cake tray. Put a thick layer of icing on it. You should have plenty. Add your next cake layer. Apply Icing. After you’re done icing the cake, use the last of your Hershey’s Chocolate Bars to write Happy Birthday to someone or otherwise decorate the cake.
Mine is almost done. The cake is made and its time to make the icing. I’ll upload a pic soon.