Chocolate Sybil Cake

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Servings: 16 to 20
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1-cup sugar
4 eggs
1-cup all-purpose flour
1-teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 (16 ounce) can Hershey’s chocolate syrup

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1-cup sugar
1/3-cup evaporated milk
1-teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts





Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 13x9x2 inch pan.

Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together in another bowl. Add to creamed mixture, continuing to beat. Add vanilla and chocolate syrup to batter and mix well. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Just before cake is done, prepare frosting. Put butter, chocolate chips, sugar and evaporated milk in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Stirring ingredients together, boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and nuts. Pour over warm cake. Delicious!!

L&S JD, pg. 41

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

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Granddaughter ask if i could make a chocolate. syrup cake . can't wait to make with her

By Terry c. on January 21, 2014


I had made a book with all my favorite recipes and it got lost in my move. This recipe is the best chocalated caske I have ever made. Thanks you. All your recipes are so good. Thank you, Sheila onohue

By Sheila Donohue on December 05, 2013


My hubby liked the cake, but he didn't care for the frosting because he said the sugar tasted too grainy. Maybe Paula's other recipe called 'Hot Fudge Sauce' would have been smoother using powdered sugar.

By Blackberry Cobbler on December 19, 2012


I tred this cake and it came out chewy, kinda sticky and gooey. Is t his right?

By Anonymous on January 08, 2012


Is this cake supposed to be gooey?? Mine was

By Shameen Mohammed on January 08, 2012


I've made this cake a couple of times and love it. However, it isn't even close to done baking after 30 minutes. Has anyone else had this occur? I don't believe there's a problem with my oven, since I don't have this happen with other recipes, including cakes.

By Nancy Madden on December 24, 2011


My son likes this one so much that he bought it after I took one to a school bake sale!

By Carla W on July 06, 2011


At Thanksgiving last year...we had a family gathering (first in a few years with everyone attending)...and I couldn't find MY chocolate cake recipe that everyone thought was the BEST......while wondering what I should do, I was flipping channels and came upon YOUR wonderful show! ANd there you were...telling ME to stay tuned for a Ms Sybils die for!!So what was I to do, but get my pen and paper! Well that was a And let me tell you!!!!!I had MORE compliments on this wonderful cake recipe, that I don't mind having my old standby missing! Thank YOU!!!!You saved the day! Now at all of my family gatherings...everyone asks for my "Sex in a pan"

By Paula D on March 12, 2011


this was very good i made this into cup cakes and made home made pudding for the middle and top it with coolwhip the kids love it.....i love paula deen recipes.....

By Anonymous on July 14, 2010


Not only was this cake fast and easy to make, it is one of the best cakes I've had in a long time !!!! Love yo' cookin' Paula !!!!

By Anonymous on July 07, 2010


OMG....soooooooo yummy and sooo easy to make!!! This is definitely a keeper, if you like a moist and "ooey-gooey"/decadent chocolate cake smileThank you, Ms. Paula and thank you Sybil!

By MLM216 on July 06, 2010


I made this recipe at christmas time and it was fabulous and it sure didn't hang around very long and we have a small family and I've already been asked if I'm making it this year

By Anonymous on July 01, 2010


I made this cake yesterday and even my husband (who does not eat much of what I cook) said it was wonderful. I make a cake every Sunday for my church and everyone loves my cakes, but I think this one will be the best

By Anonymous on June 26, 2010


My daughter-in-law brought this cake to our house on Father's Day 2010. Everyone ate two pieces. We are not a double dessert family, but this was an incredible cake.

By Anonymous on June 23, 2010


Serve this cake COLD, and it tastes like the best Fudgecicle you have have ever eaten! We love this cake

By Anonymous on November 13, 2009


Always a hit. If you don't have evaporated milk. I used whole milk and I steamed it for a few minutes. Works out perfect every time. And I cut down on the sugar in the icing.

By boosmom on April 26, 2009


By jazzjohnson on January 20, 2009


I LOVE THIS CAKE. I have made it several times, for different occasions, and get rave reviews. It seems to be better the day after it is baked. Can sometimes be a little heavy, but hasn't stopped us from eating it !! You won't be disappointed. Thanks for this recipe Paula

By darbyjack on November 10, 2008

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