Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened

  2. 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar

  3. 3 large eggs

  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  5. 2 cups all-purpose flour

  6. 2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa

  7. 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

  8. 1 teaspoon salt

  9. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  10. 1 1/3 cups water

  11. 1/2 cup finely crushed hard peppermint candy One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting (recipe follows) Additional crushed hard peppermint candy

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Heat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans or one 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan.

  2. Combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl; beat on high speed of mixer 3 minutes.

  3. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and baking powder; add alternately with water to butter mixture, beating until blended. Add candy, if desired. Pour batter into prepared pans.

  4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.

  5. Frost with One-Bowl Buttercream Frosting.

  6. Just before serving, garnish with peppermint candy, if desired.

  7. Beat butter in medium bowl. Add powdered sugar and cocoa alternately with milk, beating to spreading consistency (additional milk may be needed).

  8. Stir in vanilla.


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