Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Crystal ~


I found this recipe in a 1990’s Hershey’s Chocolate Cookbook. It is one of my favorite chocolate cake recipes. I also use this cake recipe as a base in many other chocolate cake recipes, tweaking it here and there as needed. I like to use a chocolate buttercream icing on this cake, but use any kind you like. One can never have too much chocolate! :)


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15 Min
35 Min


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    ½ stick unsalted butter, softened
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    ¼ cup crisco
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    2 cups sugar
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    1 teaspoon vanilla
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    2 eggs
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    1¾ cups cake flour
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    ¾ cup cocoa
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    ¾ teaspoon baking powder
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    ¾ teaspoon baking soda
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    dash of salt
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    1¾ cups whole milk
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    chocolate buttercream frosting:
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    ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
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    ½ cup crisco
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    ¼ cup whole milk
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    4 cups powdered sugar
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    2 tablespoons cocoa
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    1 teaspoon vanilla

How to Make Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a 13x9x2 inch baking pan or, two 8 or 9 inch round pans.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, Crisco, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs. Beat well
  4. In another bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together; add to the butter-sugar mixture alternately the with milk. Blend well.
  5. Pour batter into pan(s) and bake the oblong pan for 35-40 minutes and the round for 30-35 minutes or until wooden tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Ice cake with chocolate buttercream icing.
  6. Chocolate Buttercream Icing:
    In a mixing bowl, with mixer on medium speed, cream the softened butter and Crisco until well blended.
  7. Add the powdered sugar, cocoa, vanilla, and milk. Beat mixture until smooth and creamy; about 2-3 minutes. If icing appears a little too thick, add just a tad more milk; one teaspoon at a time. You do not want it too soft. You want a medium consistency. When icing is light and fluffy, you are ready to ice!

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About Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American

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