Signature Birthday Cake

Signature Birthday Cake

30 min
40 min

SKILL LEVEL : IntermediatePREP TIME : 30  Minutes


3/4 cupsoftened butter 175 mL
1 1/2 cupsgranulated sugar 375 mL
2 eggs 2
1/2 cupsour cream 125 mL
1 tspeach instant coffee and vanilla extract 5 mL
1 1/2 cupsall-purpose flour 375 mL
2/3 cupHERSHEY'S Cocoa 150 mL
3/4 tspbaking powder 4 mL
1/2 tspeach baking soda and salt 2 mL
3/4 cupboiling water 175 mL
1 2/3 cupsHERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Chips, divided 270 g
4 cupsFluffy Vanilla Frosting* or prepared frosting (approx.) 1 L
Additional CHIPITS Milk Chocolate Chips for garnish


    1. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Grease and line two 8-inch (1.3 L) round cake pans. Beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir sour cream with instant coffee and vanilla; beat into butter mixture. Sift flour with the cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl; add to butter mixture and mix on low until just combined.

    2. On low speed, slowly pour boiling water into batter; mix until smooth (scraping bowl as needed). Stir in 1 cup (250 mL) chocolate chips. Divide evenly between prepared cake pans; smooth tops. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool in pans for 15 minutes; turn onto a rack to cool completely before frosting.

    3. Place one cake layer onto a cake stand. Add a layer of frosting; sprinkle evenly with remaining chocolate chips. Top with remaining cake layer; frost top and sides with remaining frosting. Garnish cake with the additional chocolate chips (as desired).

    Makes 12 servings.

    *Fluffy Vanilla Frosting:
    Beat 1 cup (250 mL) softened butter in a large bowl until very smooth. Add 4 cups (1 L) icing sugar, 1/2 cup (125 mL) whipping cream and 1 tbsp (15 mL) vanilla extract. Beat on low until combined; beat on high for 3 minutes or until very fluffy.

    Makes 4 cups (1 L).

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