January 27th is National Chocolate Cake Day.
Chocolate cake is flavored with cocoa powder or melted chocolate. Interestingly enough, until 1890-1900, chocolate recipes were mostly for drinks. Chocolate made its way into cakes in the mid-1930s.
Black Magic Cake from Hershey’s
2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk or sour milk*
1 cup strong black coffee OR 2 teaspoons powdered instant coffee plus 1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat oven to 350F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans or one 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt in large bowl.
Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes (batter will be thin).
Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes for round pans, 35 to 40 minutes for rectangular pan or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
Frost as desired.
* To sour milk: Use 1 tablespoon white vinegar plus milk to equal 1 cup.