Recently I offered to make an old family favorite: a Hershey’s Chocolate Cake (@Hersheys). The recipe has been in my mother’s family since the 1940s, if not longer. Most likely, my grandmother got it from a magazine. The original source is lost to time.
This recipe holds a magical place in family dessert lore: it’s one of those cakes that would slowly disappear as people would cut “slivers” of it while enjoying endless conversations around the table.
So imagine my surprise when I tried to find the key ingredient: Hershey’s chocolate syrup – in a can. I went to three different grocery store chains and could not find Hershey’s syrup in the can. But there were plenty of plastic bottles that had way more than I needed.
Then panic set in.
How much syrup was in the can?
How many ounces?
What do I do?
Of course, with a quick Google search, I found that the can held 16 ounces.
Then reality sank in. Times change.
Apparently, Hershey’s has “canned” the age-old aluminum can in favor of a plastic pouch with a spout.
This new pouch also has 16 ounces of syrup – the same amount as the can – which is less than the next larger size of their sturdy plastic bottle (that is, ironically, pictured on the pouch).
Problem solved! Let the baking begin!
In addition to the recipe card above, I found a couple similar recipes on the Hershey’s website that have a little more flour or use a larger pan to get either a “snacking cake” or a brownie. No matter. I’m sure they taste the same.
So if you love chocolate, this cake will not disappoint!
And if your kids love baking, this is a great “beginner” level recipe to make.
There are just a few notes from the recipe card above.
– 1/4 LB is actually 1 stick of butter.
– 35 minutes is a bare minimum for baking time. It’s best to wait until the top cracks a little and springs back when touched, and pulls away from the sides. You’ll need to watch it for the last 10 minutes.
– Sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top and serve with vanilla ice cream, or just eat it plain.
It never lasts long!
If you or your kids would like to try some similar recipes, here they are:
One Bowl Syrup Cake recipe: One Bowl Syrup Cake
Snacking Brownies recipe: Snacking Brownies Recipe
Does your family have an age-old favorite dessert? How about your kids?
Leave a message and let me know!