Hershey's Chocolate Syrup Cake

June 15, 2018
Classic Hershey's Chocolate Syrup Cake, topped with rich boiled chocolate icing ~ it's  moist, tender, and absolutely delicious.

Classic Hershey's Chocolate Syrup Cake image, topped with rich boiled chocolate icing ~ it's  moist, tender, and absolutely delicious.


This tasty cake is such a classic!  When you take Hershey's chocolate syrup and turn it into chocolate cake form, how could it not  be tasty and become a classic?

And let me just tell you,  whipping up this Hershey's Chocolate Syrup Cake is super easy.  So easy in fact, the batter can be whipped up in no time flat by hand ~ with just a mixing bowl and a spoon.
But hey, using my new KitchenAid stand mixer makes it even that much easier.

Now, the funny thing about my KitchenAid Mixer is I didn't think I needed one.

And let me just tell you,  whipping up this Hershey's Chocolate Syrup Cake is super easy.  So easy in fact, the batter can be whipped up in no time flat by hand ~ with just a mixing bowl and a spoon.

I mean, I've been cooking my entire life ... I started helping my Mom in the kitchen when I was like three or four years old ... and never had a stand mixer until very recently.  My husband is the one who decided I needed it.

He asked me one day why I didn't have one.  And I told him I just didn't need one ... a wooden spoon and my hand mixer had done me just fine until now, and it would keep doing me just fine.

Well, he took the liberty to get me a stand mixer as a gift anyway.  And, man, was he right!  Now, I don't know how I got along without it.

It makes whipping up difficult-to-mix things easy, and makes whipping up easy things like this easy Hershey's Chocolate Syrup Chocolate Cake even easier.

Hershey's Chocolate Syrup Cake with Chocolate Icing Image

This cake is my husband's absolute favorite cake, and his Mom used to make it for him all. the. time.   In fact, he even learned to make it himself as a child because he loved it so much.  Legend has it, it's the only cake he's ever baked.

It bakes up into a tender, fluffy, and moist cake made all yummy chocolate-y with Hershey's Chocolate Syrup.  This is then topped with a rich boiled chocolate icing.  Easy to see why it's his favorite, right?

It bakes up into a tender, fluffy, and moist cake made all yummy chocolate-y with Hershey's Chocolate Syrup. Easy to see why it's his favorite, right?

All it takes to make this super yummy cake is mixing up a simple batter, and then pouring in a can of Hershey's Chocolate Syrup.

Though as an update to this post, as of June 2018 (this post was originally shared in April, 2013), I've now also found what used to be the canned chocolate syrup packaged in a new way ... a pouch:

Hershey's Chocolate Syrup in Pouch Package Image

Now, some say it doesn't matter if it's the canned chocolate syrup {which is now the pouch} or the chocolate syrup in the plastic squeezable bottle you usually use to make chocolate milk.

But my Mother-in-Law stands by the can.  

She's tried it with the 'other stuff' you make chocolate milk with and says it just didn't come out the same.  I've only made it with the can/pouch, so can't personally attest to a comparison.

How to Make Hershey's Chocolate Syrup Cake Image
Making Hershey's Chocolate Syrup Cake Image

Once the simple batter is mixed up, pour it into a 9x13" baking dish and bake it up.

Batter for Hershey's Chocolate Syrup Cake Image

As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, make the chocolate icing.  You want to pour the icing onto the cake while the cake is still is warm.

To make the icing, combine some granulated sugar, butter, and evaporated milk in a saucepan and bring it to a boil.

As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, make the chocolate icing.  You want to pour the icing onto the cake while the cake is still is warm.

Now let's talk about what "boil" for this icing means for a minute ...

Because boiling the icing properly can make or break this icing in terms of texture.

See those little bubbles around the edge of the saucepan in the photo below?  For this icing, that doesn't equal "boiling" yet.  You really want to get this to a full rolling boil to get the icing to the right consistency.

Making Hershey's Chocolate Syrup Cake Boiled Icing Image

Now see these bubbles all throughout the saucepan in the photo below?  This is what a full rolling boil for this icing looks like.

And that's what you want to get the best texture and consistency for the icing.

How to Make Hershey's Chocolate Syrup Cake Icing Image

After the mixture reaches a full rolling boil, cook it for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Then remove the mixture from the heat, stir in some chocolate chips until they're melted, and immediately pour the hot icing on top of the warm cake.

Making Hershey's Chocolate Syrup Cake Photo

Spread the icing evenly over the top of the cake ... resisting the urge to run your finger through it to scoop up a big ol' bite.  {Though, there'll be some left on the sides of the saucepan ... now, that is fair game!}

How to Make Hershey's Chocolate Syrup Cake Photo

To ensure a smooth cake top, spread the icing quickly and then leave it be.

The icing cools quickly, and will begin to "glop" if you keep working it on top of the cake once that cooling begins.

Chocolate Syrup Cake with Chocolate Frosting Image

Let the cake and icing cool completely, and then get ready to dig in.  

Oh, and get ready to swoon at the moist, tender chocolate-y-ness.  Oh yes, this Hershey's Chocolate Syrup Cake is certainly swoon-worthy.  

I have absolutley no problem understanding how it's my husband's all-time favorite.

Chocolate Syrup Cake with Chocolate Icing Image  
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Hershey's Chocolate Syrup Cake
Ingredients
For the cake:
  • 1 stick (1/2 c.) butter, softened
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 (16 oz.) can (or pouch) Hershey's chocolate syrup
For the icing:
  • 1 stick (1/2 c.) butter
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/3 c. evaporated milk
  • 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions
Prepare the Cake:
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the softened butter, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract; beat with an electric mixer until well combined. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt; mixing until just combined. Pour in the Hershey's chocolate syrup and mix until thoroughly combined.
  2. Pour batter into a 13x9" baking pan coated with non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 - 35 minutes, until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, begin preparing the icing.
Prepare the Icing:
  1. Place the butter, sugar, and evaporated milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium to medium-high heat. Once the mixture reaches a full rolling boil, cook it for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and add the chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate chips are melted.
  3. Immediately pour the hot icing over the warm cake, spreading to cover the cake evenly. Allow cake to cool to room temperature before serving.
Enjoy!



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43 comments

  1. I'd make chocolate chip cookies

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  2. I'm most definitely going to try this cake right after my next trip to the grocery store. I didn't even know they made the old canned syrup anymore. I remember when I was a kid and babysitting nearly every night I'd get sorta hungry on those 5 hour sitting nights. I'd sometimes get a spoon and sneak a spoonful of this wonderful syrup (or two or three) to ward off the hunger until I could get home and eat.

    One question...I don't see how to sign up for the giveaway. Am I missing instructions or a link?

    Thanks much!

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    1. Hi, Kim! That syrup IS really yummy, isn't it? I think 'the can' has made a come-back ... I've even seen it recently in Walmart. When I used to babysit, I'd 'sneak' Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers from the cupboards, as they were something my Mom didn't buy.

      To enter the giveaway, sign into the Rafflecopter widget - it's in the blue box just below the photo of all the participating bloggers. Just login with a Facebook account, or your e-mail, and all the give-away entry options will open for you. Hope that helps!

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    2. I just moved things around ... the Rafflecopter giveaway widget is now just ABOVE the participating bloggers graphic. :-)

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  3. Leslie:
    I also can't find the instuctions for the giveaway, and I would really like to win. I make cookies 2-3 times a week, so this mixer would be welcome in my kitchen.
    leslieannstevenson@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi, Leslie! Oh, yes ... with making cookies 2-3 times a week, you absolutely would love having a KitchenAid mixer!

      To enter the giveaway, sign into the Rafflecopter widget - it's in the blue box just below the photo of all the participating bloggers. Just login with a Facebook account, or your e-mail, and all the give-away entry options will open for you. Hope that helps!

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    2. I just moved things around ... the Rafflecopter giveaway widget is now just ABOVE the participating bloggers graphic. :-)

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  4. One of my very favorite cakes, my whole family devours it so quickly!

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  5. Also, cannot find instructions for the giveaway. What am I missing ?

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    1. Hello, Cherie! To enter the giveaway, sign into the Rafflecopter widget - it's in the blue box just below the photo of all the participating bloggers. Just login with a Facebook account, or your e-mail, and all the give-away entry options will open for you. Hope that helps! {I'll add some clarifying text to the post. :-) }

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    2. I just moved things around ... the Rafflecopter giveaway widget is now just ABOVE the participating bloggers graphic. :-)

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  6. This looks so yummy, Tracey! I have been married for more than 40 years but just got my first Kitchen Aid stand mixer a few years ago. Now, I wonder how I got along without it all those years! Thanks again for sharing this great recipe!

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    1. Now that I've got one, Lynn, I truly don't know how I got by without a stand mixer either. LOVE mine!

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  7. I'd make chocolate chip cookies in my new mixer if I win!

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  8. This cake looks so tempting. That slice is just asking to be eaten :)

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  9. This cake looks amazing! We would love to have you share some recipes at our new sister site - MyRecipeMagic.com. It has so many fun features and you can enter your recipe and mark the box to drive traffic back to your blog. We hope you'll stop by! -The Six Sisters
    http://myrecipemagic.com/home/recipes

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  10. I can't seem to find where/how to enter the give away! Am I just blind or stupid?

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    1. Neither! Enter using the 'widget' that's in the grayish-blue'ish box just under the picture of the "Mother's Day Giveaway" announcement with all the colorful mixers ... you need to login with an e-mail address or a Facebook account (so we can contact you if you're the winner!) ... and then all the entry options will open up for you. Hope that helps!

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  11. Banana cake with cream cheese frosting. A family favorite

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  12. Gosh this is unfair, I really need to get a new Mixer machine all these recipes are killing me!!!... This look TOO Yummmy!!!. Come and link this up at my Link Party!!!

    Hope you are a wonderful day

    Hugs
    Cami @ TitiCrafty by Camila

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  13. Good morning Tracey! I found your post at Lil' Luna's link party! This is such a great recipe idea and it's definitely a must-try! I would like to invite you to my party to link up this recipe for others to see! http://home-styled.blogspot.com/2013/04/link-party-show-your-style-sunday-5.html

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  14. These look delicious!

    Love your blog! Would love for you to link up on A Peek Into My Paradise T.G.I.F. Link Party on Friday!

    Cathy @ http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/

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  15. This looks amazing! I will have to give this a try! I am a new follower from southern charm! I would love for you to stop by my blog and hopefully you will want to follow me back!Nicole

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  16. Mmm. I would love a new mixer to make more cupcakes!

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  17. Mint tummy is grumbling now! ;). I would so love to win a KitchenAid mixer and gift it to my sweet home maker sister. She would love it, I know I love mine!

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  18. Love to have a red kitchenaid. I would love to win it to make my delicious.

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  19. I think I would make a quick bread first, probably a banana one!

    (d schmidt in widget)

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  20. This cake looks so good! I am pinning it so I can try it out tomorrow! Thanks for sharing. I would use the mixer to make this cake!

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  21. Recipe is great. However, I still cannot find that mystical widget to enter for the mixer.

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  22. You were Featured!! Please come by and grab a button http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com Thank you so much for sharing this delicious cake at Super Saturday Show & Tell :) xoxo~ Ruthie

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  23. Great post! Looks SO yummy!

    Found you through Super Saturday Show and Tell. Love your blog!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party.
    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/2013/05/tgif-link-party-2.html

    Please, invite your friends to party too! The more the merrier!

    Hugs, Cathy

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  24. The cake sounds AMAZING...so chocolaty, it's heaven :)
    Featuring you tonight!

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  25. This cake looks so good, I will have to try it very soon. Thanks for the recipe.

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  26. I'm so depressed I missed the give a way. Ive been praying for a stand mixer for years. But on a fixed income and two children i never can afford one. But I'm glad I found your blog. I love to cook and I'm always baking. I make over 50 dozen of cookies each Christmas, and all year long I'm baking for family and friends. Love recipes I can try and share with loved ones. Have a blessed weekend.
    Patricia M * Pittsburgh PA

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  27. This recipe looks absolutely incredible! I can't wait to give it a shot! Just a quick question: I have three bottles of Hershey's syrup in my fridge and was looking to use that instead of the can. About how many cups is the can?

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    1. Hi, Miranda! The can of Hershey's syrup is 1 and 1/2 cups of syrup. I will caution though, that while Hershey's says the bottled syrup and canned syrup perform the same {my mother-in-law has called them to ask}, our family firmly believes the cake is better when made with the canned. :-)
      Enjoy!

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  28. I was given a recipe for Hershey's syrup cake from my husbands grandmother, and although I wanted to make it, the recipe was very vague. This reference helped a lot! All the ingredients were exactly the same but the directions had better clarity. Thanks!

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  29. Jeg er fra Danmark og har fået Hershey's syrup i gave. Vil prøve at bruge det i danske kager.

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  30. I love your pictures of the cake, it looks so tempting.

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  31. can i use a cake mix instead and will this recipe make cupcakes?

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