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Chocolate Swirl Cake

Updated on June 13, 2013
Chocolate Swirl Cake.
Chocolate Swirl Cake.

When gearing up to make a new sweet treat, I head nowhere else then to my HERSHEY’S Chocolate Cookbook. Although my copy is the vintage, 1989 edition, this is my one and only cookbook which I regularly rely on. In this taped together recipe book are the recipes regularly made in this household when it comes to desserts.

Many of the recipes in this book are marked with post-it notes for ideas of new recipes to make. Most recently the urge to try my To Die For Chocolate Swirl Cake came to an end as I decided this was one cake I was dying to bake. I dug out the bundt pan which has been around for ever, and although there are newer, more modern bundt pans, ours sufficed.


Cream butter, sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl or food processor until light and fluffy. Add eggs; beat well. Combine flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda and salt; add alternatively with buttermilk to creamed mixture. Combine syrup OR Ghirardelli baking chips, and ¼ teaspoon baking soda. Measure 2 cups batter into small bowl; blend in syrup/chocolate mixture.

Pour into greased and floured 12-cup Bundt pan or 10-inch tube pan. Pour chocolate batter over vanilla batter in pan; do not mix. Bake at 350 degrees for about 70 minutes or until cake comes out clean. (Oven time varies on specific oven-when I made this cake it was done in one hour). Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely; glaze or frost as desired.

To sour milk: Use 1 tablespoon vinegar plus milk to equal 1 cup.


1 cup butter or margarine, softened (butter is best)

2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 eggs

2 ¾ cups unsifted all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk or sour milk*

1 cup HERSHEY’S Syrup (OR 1 cup Ghirardelli unsweetened baking chips, melted)

1 can of whipped cream (or heavy cream if you prefer to make your own)

Frosting Recommendations

To frosting the cake I simply used one half a jar of Ghirardelli fudge sauce by placing the jar into a pot of boiling water for about 10 minutes and then frosting the cake.

Voila!! Enjoy your To Die For Chocolate Swirl Cake and let me know what you think!

The finished result of my To Die For Chocolate Swirl Cake.
The finished result of my To Die For Chocolate Swirl Cake.
Top off this cake with some whipped cream.
Top off this cake with some whipped cream.

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      Hi Movie Master! Thanks for commenting on this hub-I haven't made this cake since I wrote this hub and it sure looks good right about now. The frosting really added some great taste to the yummy cake. Really not too hard to make, and fun to swirl the vanilla and chocolate mixtures together. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Emily, I was drooling as I read - it looks and sounds delicious!

      Many thanks for the recipe, I am looking forward to trying it!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      Hi SanneL!! You aren't the only one.... I think I need to make this cake again sometime soon. Believe it or not, I only made it one time!! It's very good. Thank you for stopping by and commenting!!!

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Oh my. . . this chocolate cake looks divine! I would love to have a piece with my cup of tea right now! Bookmarking, voted up and useful.

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      emilybee 6 years ago

      Hi Eileen!! Chocolate is a wonderful thing :) Thanks for dropping by!

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      Eileen Goodall 6 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      OMG I've put on weight just looking at this - chocolate, chocolate everywhere!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      emily - A delicious looking recipe that I can't wait to try. Wonderful images too. I sooooooooo love chocolate.

      And I love you too! Welcome to HP and keep up the great job! VC

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, this looks and sounds great! anything to do with chocolate is fantastic! cheers nell

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      emilybee 6 years ago

      Thank you esatchel! Old cookbooks are the best.

      Thanks Stephhicks68! Hopefully you found a cure for your sweet tooth today! =)

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Looks really good! I've had a sweet tooth all day long. You had me at Hershey's chocolate. ;-)

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      PDGreenwell 6 years ago from Kentucky

      I love cooking from old well worn, well loved cookbooks. They are always the best recipe! Welcome to hubpages! Ann

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      emilybee 6 years ago

      It was delicious! Only lasted a short while around here though...well I guess I'll just have to bake another!

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      Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe! This looks like a lot of calories, but who cares! :) :)

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      Joesy Shmoesy 6 years ago from New England

      Great Hub, thanks.