Chocolate Cake With Strawberries On Top

Happy Birthday Erik!

Happy Birthday Erik!

I wanted to make a cake for my son’s birthday using what I had on-hand. The cake had to be chocolate flavor and of course had to be good. I have not made many cakes in the past and wanted something different then I have made before. So off to the internet search I went. What to enter, I did have Hershey’s Cocoa on hand so lets go with that. First thing to popup was “Really Chocolate Chocolate Cake” from the Hershey’s Kitchens. This has to be good, so I called my son in to see the picture and recipe  and asked if he would like this. He said “YEEEEEESSSS!!!!!”. That was easy! I followed the recipe pretty close only reducing the powdered sugar by a half a cup to 3 1/2  for the frosting, adding the sliced strawberries as a topping  and love to the recipe.

The test taste results:

Great!

Yum!

mmm amma mmmeuumm (I think they said, this tastes great or something like that)

This beats store bought

Leftovers are better then the day before

Ingredients for Cake

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Chocolate Fudge Frosting (see below for the recipe)
  • A handful of sliced or whole strawberries – be creative!

Make the cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans. Don’t leave any loose flour in pan
  3. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in large bowl
  4. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla then beat starting on a low speed (otherwise you will make a mess) increasing to medium speed of electric mixer for 2 minutes
  5. Stir in boiling water
  6. Pour batter into greased and floured pans
  7. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out almost clean
  8. Cool cakes in pans for 10 minutes
  9. Remove cakes from pans to wire racks and cool completely (do not sneak a bite I will know about it!)
  10. Frost with Chocolate Fudge Frosting – see below. Adding frosting to the first cake then top with the second cake and add frosting to the stack
  11. Top with strawberries
  12. Store in cool place as the frosting is mostly butter after all
  13. Sing “Happy Birthday” (the traditional song as I think the copyright was removed)

Ingredients for Chocolate Fudge Frosting

  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
  • 3-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Make the frosting

  1. Place melted butter in large mixer bowl
  2. Add cocoa and stir until smooth
  3. Gradually (I mean this!) beat in powdered sugar, milk and vanilla
  4. Beat until smooth
The dark cake and white does not work well with a smart phone camera.

The dark cake and white plate does not work well with a smart phone camera.

Ditto from above capitation.

Ditto from above capitation.