Cynthia Guptill Recipe

Dragonfly Dark Chocolate Cake

By Cynthia Guptill wyndupdragonfly

10-12 or about 30 cupcakes
Prep Time:
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I have been looking for a great chocolate cake recipe most of my life. I found a good one then tweaked it up to make it great. ;)

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Chocolate lovers unite over this decadently dark and delicious delight!


2 c
all purpose flour
2 c
1/4 c
hershey's special dark cocoa
1/2 c
regular cocoa
2 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
large eggs
1 c
1/2 c
melted butter
1/2 c
vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp
vanilla extract
1 c
boiling water
1/2 c
3 Tbsp
hershey's special dark cocoa
1/2 c
regular cocoa
abt. 4 1/2 c
powdered sugar
1/3-1/2 c
half and half
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1 pinch
2 Tbsp
corn syrup, light

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
No, this is not a typo. This is a slow bake cake.
Grease and flour one 9x13 or three 8" round cake pans.
Use liners if making cupcakes.
Put all the ingredients in a large bowl.
Mix till smooth.
Pour in pan(s).
Bake one 9x13 cake, one hour. (Check at 40 min.) Or until toothpick comes out clean.
Bake three 8" round cakes, 40 min. Or until toothpick comes out clean.
Bake cupcakes, 30-35 min. Or until toothpick comes out clean.
I have always had trouble with being able to consistently make a creamy chocolate frosting, until I found this tip on the internet... wait for it... melt the butter. lol
So, for the frosting, melt the butter ;)
stir in the cocoa's till smooth
add powdered sugar and half&half alternately till smooth.
stir in vanilla, and salt. Add the corn syrup, stir till creamy.
This will frost an eight inch three layer cake, cut recipe in half for 9x13 or cupcakes

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Eggs
Regional Style: American
Collection: Food on the Run
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #easy, #moist, #yum, #dark, #chocolaty

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Joan Wharff JoanieW
Mar 13, 2014
This recipe is similar to my Favorite chocolate cake I Love!..when I'm lazy or feel like chocolate &cherries, bake it in my Corning or Pyrex baking dish. Then, when cool (oh!..leave in pan!) pour 2 cans cherry pie filling on top, chill. When you serve it, put a large dollop of whipped cream on top &, some chocolate curls. Kinda like an easy Black Forest Chocolate Cake :-)... Yum!
Dee Stillwell LILLYDEE
Jul 30, 2013
Grace and Suzanne, Thhis is a very good sgar free chocolate cake I created for my gestational diabetic niece's baby shower. I hope you try it and like it.
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Grace Gabe gegabe
Jul 26, 2013
Thank you ladies :)
Bobbe Leviten Bobbe
Jul 25, 2013
Grace: I don't know about baking time for cupcakes, but you could bake one off starting at standard cupcake time (20 minutes?), test, then if that isn't right, then put it back in the oven for additional baking time, 1 minute at a time, until you find what works. That's what I would do, anyway. It's an awesome cake!
Suzanne Lippincott lippins
Jul 25, 2013
My son has type 1 diabetes, so I tried it with a sugar substitute. The cakes flavor was still very good, but the cake was not as moist as with organic sugar. Not sure, but I may have needed to adjust baking time. Will be trying that next time.