This is a full page recipe advertisement in a magazine dated 1980 for Hershey’s Cocoa. The complete recipe is typed below and you can click the picture to view a larger copy. Update: I found another clipping for this recipe that I’ve scanned and added at the bottom.

Mrs. Johnson's Chocolate Cake Recipe Clipping - Click To View LargerMrs. Johnson’s Chocolate Cake

1/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
12 tbsp. (3/4 cup) Hershey’s Cocoa + 4 tbsp. (1/4 cup) shortening*
1 3/4 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups milk

Generously grease and flour two-9-inch or 3 8-inch round cake pans. Cream butter, shortening, sugar and vanilla until fluffy; blend in eggs.

Combine cocoa, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in bowl; add alternately with milk to batter. Blend well. Pour into prepared pans; bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes for 9-inch pans and 35 to 40 minutes for 8-inch pans, or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans.

*This was overwritten in red (part of the advertisement), the ingredient crossed out stated 4 squares (4 ounces) unsweetened baking chocolate.

The recipe testimonial included in the ad:

Switching to Hershey’s Cocoa made my devil’s food cake richer and more chocolatey.
-Betty K. Johnson, Oak Park, Ill.

Why didn’t someone tell me sooner what a marvelous cake Hershey’s Cocoa makes? I have been baking since I was nine years old and I just made the best chocolate cake I have ever made.

For a richer, moister cake with a deeper chocolate taste, switch to Hershey’s Cocoa. Use it in all your favorite recipes instead of baking chocolate.

Just follow the easy directions on the back of the can: for each 1-ounce square of unsweetened baking chocolate, use 3 tablespoons of Hershey’s Cocoa and 1 tablespoon of shortening.

No messy melting. No scorched chocolate. And richer, more chocolatey taste.

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3 Responses to Mrs. Johnson’s Chocolate Cake – Recipe Clipping

Published 6 September, 2010 in 1:58 pm

lost my recipe card for this and thought i would at least try looking for it. got it on first try! the photo is exactly the one i cut out many years ago. thank you!

Yolanda Martinez
Published 18 May, 2016 in 8:52 am

Thank you very much for sharing. I appreciate you.

Patricia S. B.
Published 23 April, 2017 in 8:20 pm

I’m not so lucky. Mine was newspaper, in foods. It was Mrs. LB J’s Chocolate cake (same) but it was how to make three different desserts even using a Devils Food Cake Mix with brown sugar, cocoa & cold water “and pour the coconut mixture (?) with min. Marshmallows & broken nuts into 9×13 pan.

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