Saturday, January 9, 2010

Walter's Favorite Chocolate Cake

For Walter's birthday one year when we were living in Americus, I found this recipe for Hershey's Chocolate Cake. It was sooo easy to prepare and super delicious. I remember, the original recipe called for a 29 cent can of Hershey's syrup. Therefore, I know that this is a very old version that was originally found on the back of the large syrup can. It is great with ice cream or a glass of cold milk. A small slice will do most people-some of the Bailey's are exceptions.

Hershey's Chocolate Cake

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1-cup sugar
4 eggs
1-cup all-purpose flour
1-teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 (16 ounce) can Hershey’s chocolate syrup

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1-cup sugar
1/3-cup evaporated milk
1-teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 13x9x2 inch pan.

Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together in another bowl. Add to creamed mixture, continuing to beat. Add vanilla and chocolate syrup to batter and mix well. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Just before cake is done, prepare frosting. Put butter, chocolate chips, sugar and evaporated milk in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Stirring ingredients together, boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and nuts. We usually leave out the nuts, since the Bailey kids always want the nuts (taken away). Pour over warm cake. Delicious!!

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