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Back when my husband and I first started dating (30+ years ago), I baked this cake for him. Ever since then, we’ve joked about it being my recipe to catch a man! Anyway, if you’ve got someone who likes chocolate they wil LOVE this cake!!! The recipe even gives you options for dialing up the chocolate in the frosting. So reel in your Valentine with this chocolatey goodness!!!

I cannot take credit for developing this recipe. It came from a. Hershey’s Cocoa Cookbook that I got from my mother. In looking at the book, I see the copyright is 1979. These recipes are time tested and husband approved!

Hershey’s Collector Cake

3/4 cup butter or margarine

1 3/4 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour

3/4 cup Hershey’s cocoa

1 1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/3 cups water

Cream butter and sugar in large mixing bowl. Add eggs and vanilla; beat 1 minute at medium speed. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add alternately with water to creamed mixture. Pour batter into two greased and floured 8 – 9 inch layer pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes for 8-inch layers or 30-35 minutes for 9-inch layers or until cake tester comes out clean.. Cool 10 minutes, remove from pans. Cool completely and then frost.

Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting

Hershey’s Cocoa – 1/4 cup for light flavor, 1/2 cup for medium, 3/4 cup for dark 

2 2/3 cups confectioners’ sugar

6 tbsp butter or margerine

4-5 tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla

Choose amount of cocoa for flavor you prefer and combine with confecttioners’ sugar. Cream butter with 1/2 cup of cocoa mixture in a small bowl. Add remaining coca mixture alternately with milk, beating to spreading consistency. Blend in vanilla. For a glossier frosting, add 1 tbsp corn syrup.

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!!!