Back-of-the-Box Hershey’s Chocolate Cake

Back-of-the-Box Hershey’s Chocolate Cake is a classic and delicious dessert that is perfect for any chocolate lover. This cake is easy to make and requires simple ingredients that can be found in most pantries. The cake is moist and rich with a deep chocolate flavor, and the frosting is creamy and decadent. This cake is perfect for birthdays, special occasions, or just a simple dessert after dinner. Give this recipe a try and impress your family and friends with a delicious homemade chocolate cake!


For the cake:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Hershey’s Cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup Hershey’s Cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation time: 15 minutes Baking time: 35-40 minutes Total time: 1 hour


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, Hershey’s Cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Add the eggs, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the boiling water (the batter will be thin).
  5. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pans.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool the cakes in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove from the pans and cool completely on wire racks.
  8. To make the frosting, in a large bowl, beat the unsalted butter until creamy.
  9. Add the Hershey’s Cocoa powder and powdered sugar, and beat until well combined.
  10. Gradually add the milk and vanilla extract, and beat until the frosting is smooth and spreadable.
  11. Place one cake layer on a serving plate and spread frosting on top.
  12. Top with the second cake layer and frost the top and sides of the cake.
  13. Serve and enjoy!