This may not be your typical Easter cake, but it is the perfect post-Easter cake because you can make it with leftover milk chocolate eggs or chopped up chocolate bunnies! Or you could just do it the old fashioned way and use actual Hershey bars. Whatever type of milk chocolate you use, the result is a very, very moist chocolate cake. The key is not just the melted milk chocolate, but the addition of chocolate syrup and buttermilk.
There are many different versions of this cake due to the fact it’s an old recipe and the size of Hershey bars has changed over the years. Some versions call for up to 8 bars, while others call for six. The amount of sugar also varies with some recipes containing up to 2 cups and others calling for less. Having tried the 2 cup version, I recommend the more recent version from the Hershey’s Test Kitchen which uses 6 bars and only 1 1/4 cups sugar. It’s a bit less sweet, so you can top it with a drizzle of icing (I used cream cheese on this one) without making the whole thing too sweet.
Below is the full version of the recipe, but if you have a small family or just want to make it for yourself and a few friends, you can quarter the recipe and make it as mini Bundts. My mini Bundt pan is an old one from Nordicware. It’s similar this the 65th anniversary mini Bundt pan sold at Williams Sonoma, but black, so I have to reduce the heat to 325F. But no matter what color your mini Bundt pan is, you probably can’t go wrong using a lower and slower temperature.
- 8 oz unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 6 Hershey Bars (about 9 oz total), melted on low power with microwave
- 1 teaspoon salt (or 1/4 teaspoon if using salted butter)
- 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 1/2 cups (11.4 oz) sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup Hershey’s chocolate syrup
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan or 12 cup Bundt pan or about 16 mini Bundt pans.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, creaming well after each addition. Add vanilla and melted chocolate.
- Mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate syrup.
- Bake 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until cake tests done. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn out onto wire rack and let cool completely. If making mini Bundts, bake for 25 minutes at 325F. Drizzle with cream cheese icing or just dust it with powdered sugar.