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Need Modiified Hershey Perfectly Chocolate Cake Recipe

post #1 of 27
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Hi, I tried searching for the changes to the Hersheys Chocolate Cake Recipe. It has sour cream added to it and adjustments to the leveners. Can someone please post the changes? Thanks.
post #2 of 27
Hersheys has lots of Chocolate Cake recipes .. which one did you wish to alter?
Examples:
Hersheys Chocolate Cake
AKA Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Cake
AKA Deep Dark Chocolate Cake
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup Hershey's Cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Hersheys Chocolate Sour Cream Cake
2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1 container (16 oz.) dairy sour cream

Hersheys Chocolate Sour Cream Cake
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 3/4 cup sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup sour cream

Hersheys Chocolate Cake [vintage]
3 oz hersheys baking chocolate
1/2 c butter
1 c boiling water
2 c brown sugar packed
2 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 c sour cream
1 tsp vanilla

Hersheys Chocolate Decadence
3 ounces Hershey's Chocolate, melted
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
4 ounces butter
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking soda
Vanilla, to taste
1 cup hot water (add late)
post #3 of 27
It sounds like you are looking for the modifications that I post.

The leaveners change to 1 tsp each and the sour cream is 1 cup.
post #4 of 27
I tried the perfectly chocolate cake and was seriously disappointed. Mainly because it didn't even bake a 2" cake. The taste to me, wasnt better than my chocolate WASC. I was prepared for the runny batter as the directions stated, but I should've known by looking at the ingredients that I was not gonna get a 2" layer. I baked 2-9" layers as directed. Got 2=1" layers.
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post #5 of 27
I get full size layers. In fact, they may be a little bigger than average. But I'm OCD on proper baking methods and that may account for the great layers.

For a basic chocolate cake, I think the flavor is great, especially after 12 hours. The whole consistency changes to ultra moist.

I have premium chocolate cakes that call for Guittard and Scharffen Berger. These really pack a chocolate punch. But for classic chocolate, it's easy, has great taste that the public seems to love, and with the changes, it is reliable and has perfect crumb, even when baked in large pans.
post #6 of 27
WOW scp! Wonder what I am doing wrong...but I am not a scratch baker...and bless ya'll that are!!! I don't have the patience for the science and technique needed for scratch baking. I did like the crumb though.
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post #7 of 27
ddaigle, if you used the original recipe, it is a sure failure in my opinion. I don't even know why they chose that recipe. It isn't balanced except for ideal conditions and then still not great.

Use my changes above, which really happen to be those of a phenomenal baker, LindaF144. I don't see her on CC very often anymore, but she did open a retail shop.

To clarify, 1 cup, or 8 oz sour cream instead of the milk. I also add about 3/4 tsp of espresso powder, but that is optional. If you do add it, drop it in the hot water. I do use hot tap, not boiling and it is fine. They just want the cocoa powder to melt into the ingredients. This way you don't get that powdery cocoa taste.

Have all ingredients at room temp, even the sour cream. Just pop it in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Eggs, run under hot water in a bowl. Sift ingredients. Add eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each one before adding the next, maybe 15 seconds apart, on low. Once you add the rest of the ingredients, mix on med if a hand mixer, med low on a stand, ONLY until incorporated. You will be able to see the change, about 1 to 2 minutes.

I always use baking strips and a flower nail. Make sure your oven temp is correct.

Use the above method on most scratch cakes and you will have good results. Your box mixes will even benefit from room temp ingredients and slow egg additions. It helps make a homogenous batter.

If you really want to be OCD like me, use a chocolate thermometer and get your ingredients to 72 degrees. After awhile, it will be ingrained and you will just know room temp.

Another helpful scratch hint: Room temp butter is also 72 degrees. It is firm, but can be indented with your finger. If it is soft, it is usually not at the optimum temp for a cake recipe.

If you still have a problem, let me know. But this should come out perfectly for you. Susan
post #8 of 27
I should add that I always use parchment for every cake except angel food and I use the homemade cake release;

1 c flour
1 c oil
1 c shortening

Toward the end of the batch, I add flour to correct the consistency.
post #9 of 27
SCP----I used the first recipe you have listed--Don't see any difference from the one on Hershey's website. Am I missing something? Which changes are you talking about? I have a commercial oven and baked at 325. Is that too low for this recipe? I do like the way eggs crack at room temperature but don't remember if they were when I made this recipe.
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post #10 of 27
I didn't list those recipes.

The Hershey's has milk and 1 1/2 tsp for both leaveners. This cake will sink in most cases. The sour cream replaces the milk and takes away the excess liquid. The leaveners that Linda gave me are correct for this cake.

325 is what I use to bake above a 9 inch cake. I'm not sure what it does in a smaller cake.

Does this help?
post #11 of 27
yes scp1127,that helps a bunch!! thank you!!
post #12 of 27
Ooops-sorry scp. Yes, that does help! I will try again.
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post #13 of 27
I'm not much of a scratch baker either, but I've been trying lately and will keep trying...
I've had nothing but flops w/ cakes & cupcakes, except for the Hershey recipe.

(I don't like box mix cakes so please don't think I was raised on those and therefore can't know what good cake tastes like)

My successful change to the Hershey recipe was in the cocoa...I tried it using 6 different brands - regular Hershey, Hershey Special Dark, Ghiardelli, ScharffenBerger, King Arthur Double-Dutch Dark, and King Arthur Bensdorp Dutch Process

My least favorite and I would not make again were with the two Hershey's...
The absolute best, #1 was the King Arthur Bensdorp http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/bensdorp-dutch-process-cocoa-16-oz

I also used sour cream instead of milk, and a 1/2 tsp. coffee mixed w/ the water.

Didn't know about the leaveners but will make that change...my test cakes were little 6" rounds and they rose beautifully.
post #14 of 27
I replace the milk with sour cream and add espresso powder, but I haven't changed the leaveners yet, and it sinks in large pans. Thanks - I'll definitely give those leavener switches a try next time!
post #15 of 27
FlourPots, I have never tried replacing the chocolate because it's my recipe I use for my less expensive chocolate cake. I'm not a chocolate fan and this recipe is a mild chocolate flavor.

If you change the chocolate, I'm guessing the intensity goes up. I'll have to try this. But boy, do those other chocolates really hike up the price. I remember having a Scharffen Berger cake sink on me three times!
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