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Need a Recipe for an AMAZING Scratch Chocolate Cake

post #1 of 26
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Hi Everyone,

Anyone got a recipe for an AMAZING chocolate cake from scratch?
post #2 of 26
Hersheys 'perfectly chocolate' chocolate cake. Recipe can be found here on cc.
post #3 of 26
Lot of decorators on this site , use this one. i have also. and it is delicious. A lot of decorators use the one on the herseys can, but uses sour cream instead of the milk. Ron ben Isreal has one. It is similiar to the hersey can. So just google for that recipe . This recipe is delicious also, and also sweetapolita has a great one(similiar to Ron's and also the hersey one. It is delicious also. hth
post #4 of 26
I vote for Hershey's as well. I've made both the Perfectly Chocolate cake as well as the Black Magic cake, and both are fabulous!
post #5 of 26
Hershey's really is good. The chocolate frosting is good as well. Use the best chocolate you can find. I and others add a little coffee instead of some of the water. It adds a lot of depth of flavor to any chocolate cake. FYI - the batter is very runny.
post #6 of 26
The Hershey's cake is good and very easy, but it doesn't compare to this one I found on this site. This cake is hands down the best chocolate cake I've ever had. It is definitely a lot more work than the Hershey's cake though.

http://cakecentral.com/recipe/old-fashioned-chocolate-cake-3
post #7 of 26
Another vote for Hershey's Chocolate Cake, but not made with Hershey's cocoa...

For me, this cake was just ok, not AMAZING, until I tried it with different cocoas.

My favorite: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/bensdorp-dutch-process-cocoa-16-oz

I also sub sour cream for the milk, and coffee for the water...

This recipe also makes AMAZING cupcakes...made some recently w/ killer white choc. frosting.
post #8 of 26
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Originally Posted by coleslawcat

The Hershey's cake is good and very easy, but it doesn't compare to this one I found on this site. This cake is hands down the best chocolate cake I've ever had. It is definitely a lot more work than the Hershey's cake though.

http://cakecentral.com/recipe/old-fashioned-chocolate-cake-3



ooh I had that one at the top of my list to try, but I got it from another site: http://www.ourbestbites.com/2011/05/old-fashioned-chocolate-layer-cake/

there's a discrepancy...
the one here lists 1-1/2 tsp baking cocoa
the one I saved lists 1-1/2 tsp baking soda

I think it's supposed to be soda...
What do you use when you make it?
post #9 of 26
The Double Chocolate Layer Cake from Epicurious is very good. That is one of the highest rated recipes on their website.
post #10 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by FlourPots

Quote:
Originally Posted by coleslawcat

The Hershey's cake is good and very easy, but it doesn't compare to this one I found on this site. This cake is hands down the best chocolate cake I've ever had. It is definitely a lot more work than the Hershey's cake though.

http://cakecentral.com/recipe/old-fashioned-chocolate-cake-3



ooh I had that one at the top of my list to try, but I got it from another site: http://www.ourbestbites.com/2011/05/old-fashioned-chocolate-layer-cake/

there's a discrepancy...
the one here lists 1-1/2 tsp baking cocoa
the one I saved lists 1-1/2 tsp baking soda

I think it's supposed to be soda...
What do you use when you make it?



I'm sorry, yes that recipe has 2 typos, I make so often I forgot about it. The first is that it is 12 tbsp of butter not 1 1/2. The second is the baking cocoa, yes it is supposed to say baking soda. It is so delicious! I keep trying out new chocolate cake recipes and I always end up coming back to this one.
post #11 of 26
Thanks!
(The butter amount is corrected in the comment section by the way, but not the soda...)

I can't wait to try it...can I ask what brand of cocoa you use for this?
post #12 of 26
I've personally tried the hershey cake recipe and didn't care for it. The only chocolate cake recipes that I have tried and do like are Ina Garten's chocolate cake and Simply Scratch's cake recipe. Both recipes call for a cup of freshly brewed coffee though, which I personally do not like the taste of coffee so I only added about 1/4 cup and I think the coffee helps bring out the chocolate flavor, that and having good coco powder.
Happy Baking! icon_smile.gif
post #13 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by FlourPots

Thanks!
(The butter amount is corrected in the comment section by the way, but not the soda...)

I can't wait to try it...can I ask what brand of cocoa you use for this?



I have been using Dutch process cocoa from Sprouts Farmers Market (a great grocery chain in the SW). I moved a few months ago and that's what I'm still using, but when I run out I will have to find another option. I'm guessing that's not much help to you, it's not help to me either.
post #14 of 26
No, no...that's fine...really. I was just curious.
I'll use the Bensdorp, which I love, or...I've been thinking of ordering some Valhrona. I'd like to have at least 3 go-to cocoas...I'm worried everything I make that calls for cocoa will taste too similar if I always use the same brand.

Thanks for the replies icon_smile.gif
post #15 of 26
I found that using high quality cocoa powder (I now use Valrhona most of the time, but I'm sure other high quality brands are also excellent) instead of Hershey's made a huge difference in the flavor of my chocolate cake. I also always use coffee in it, as you can't taste the coffee at all but it adds depth of flavor.
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