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Black Magic Cake


I am the love of Craig’s life for this recipe! Great for getting me out of most trouble I get in… seriously, if you want to impress someone all you need to do is make this. I add almond extract to the frosting instead of the vanilla. Also, this cake actually tastes better the next day or two if it’s still around! This is the recipe I used for my post –   for her baby shower.  I had made cupcakes with this recipe with maple buttercream frosting topped with chocolate dipped bacon – they must have been good, there wasn’t one left!

Black Magic Cake from the Spice house (the original Hershey’s chocolate cake)


  • 1 3/4 Cups flour
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Ebony Cocoa Powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Cup brewed coffee
  • 1 Cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 Cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 Cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 teaspoon double strength vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • to taste cacao nibs

Serves / Yields

1 9×13 cake

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×13 cake pan Combine dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Combine wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Combine bowls, and blend until smooth. It will be a thin batter. Bake 35-40 minutes.

Mix the sugar and butter, stir in vanilla and milk. Beat until smooth. Spread frosting over a cooled cake and sprinkle with lightly crushed cacao nibs.

Helpful Hints

If frosting is too thick, add a little extra milk.

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