Hershey's Chocolate Cake

Every baby shower needs a cake, right? When I asked my brother's girlfriend what kind of cake she wanted, she said chocolate with vanilla frosting. I wanted to make it from scratch so I decided to try the Hershey's recipe that I have seen floating around. I'm so glad I did. It was delicious! This was my first time making a cake from scratch and also my first time decorating a cake. I have been wanting to take the Wilton cake decorating classes, but I haven't had the time. I have to say, without having any training or experience, I'm pretty pleased with the way that it turned out.

Hershey's Chocolate Cake from Hershey's
2 cups Sugar
1 3/4 cups Flour
3/4 cups Cocoa Powder
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
2 Eggs
1 cup Milk
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 cup Boiling Water

Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for about 2 mintues. Stir in the boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour the batter into 2 greased and floured 9-inch round pans and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

*I used a large rectangular pan that was fitted with parchment paper and sprayed with non-stick spray. I baked it at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Buttercream Frosting from Beantown Baker
1 cup Crisco (I used the butter flavored stick, which made the frosting yellowish)
4 cups Powdered Sugar (1 pound)
1 teaspoon Almond Extract (I used vanilla)
2 tablespoons Water
2 tablespoons Meringue Powder

Cream the shortening, water, and flavoring. Add the powdered sugar and meringe powder and mix until blended. Add additional water until you reach the desired consistency.

*If you want really white icing, be sure to use clear extract. Vanilla extract will make the icing off white.

*In order to frost the entire cake and have enough to pipe a border, I made 2 batches of icing. I added gel food coloring to the second batch to use for piping. I probably could have gotten away with making a half of a batch instead.