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Signature Birthday Cake


1 hour 10 minutes
Skill Level
Makes 12 servings.

Prepare to dazzle taste buds with our divine Signature Birthday Cake. Crafted with a blend of premium ingredients, this masterpiece is a celebration in every bite. Indulge in layers of moist chocolate sponge infused with a hint of coffee, adorned with velvety vanilla frosting and a cascade of Hershey's milk chocolate chips. Let this decadent creation be the highlight of your special day! 

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
30 minutes
Bake Time
40 minutes


  • 3/4 cup
    softened butter(175 mL)
  • 1 1/2 cups
    granulated sugar(375 mL)
  • 2
  • 1/2 cup
    sour cream(125 mL)
  • 1 tsp
    instant coffee(5 mL)
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract(5 mL)
  • 1 1/2 cups
    all-purpose flour(375 mL)
  • 2/3 cups
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa(150 mL)
  • 3/4 tsp
    baking powder(4 mL)
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda(2 mL)
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt(2 mL)
  • 3/4 cups
    boiling water(175 mL)
  • 1 2/3 cups
    HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Chips, divided (270 g)
  • 4 cups
    Fluffy Vanilla Frosting* or prepared frosting (approx.) 1 L

Step-By-Step Directions


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


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.


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).

*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).