Norma's Chocolate Cake


Norma's Chocolate Cake

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    Adding buttermilk and boiling water help keep this chocolate cake tender. And, when you use Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder, it adds additional rich chocolate flavor.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 24
    Chocolate Cake
    2 ½ Hy-Vee all-purpose flour
    ½ c. Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa
    2 tsp. Hy-Vee baking soda
    ¾ c. Hy-Vee salted butter, softened
    2 c. Hy-Vee granulated sugar
    1 tsp. Hy-Vee vanilla extract
    2 Hy-Vee large eggs
    1 c. buttermilk
    1 c. boiling water
    Butter Frosting
    ½ c. Hy-Vee salted butter, softened
    4 c. Hy-Vee powdered sugar
    ¼ c. Hy-Vee 2% reduced-fat milk, plus additional as desired
    1 tsp. Hy-Vee vanilla extract

    Things To Grab

    • 9x13x2-inch glass baking dish
    • 2 large bowls
    • Electric mixer
    • Wooden toothpick
    • Wire cooling rack


    1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch glass baking dish; set aside. Stir together flour, cocoa, and baking soda in a bowl; set aside. 

    2. Beat butter with an electric mixer on medium for 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla; beat on medium for 3 to 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately, beating on low after each addition until just combined. Slowly add boiling water and beat until combined. Spread batter in prepared dish.

    3. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool cake in dish for 2 hours on a wire rack.

    4. Butter Frosting: Beat butter with an electric mixer on medium until smooth. Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar, beating well. Slowly beat in milk and vanilla extract. Gradually beat 2 cups more powdered sugar and, if necessary, additional milk to reach spreading consistency.

    Nutrition facts


    290 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 11g
    • Cholesterol: 40mg
    • Sodium: 200mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 48g
    • Protein: 3g

    Daily Values

    Iron 6%
    Calcium 2%
    Vitamin D 0%
    Potassium 2%