New Years Eve Chocolate Cake Recipe or Clock Cake

I was inspired to make this New Years’ Eve Clock Cake from clock cookies and a pinata cake I saw on Pinterest. We had a last-minute decision to allow the kids to have one friend over on New Years Eve so I had to make something special for dessert.


New years eve cake

The kids were given the choice of what they wanted for dessert. Of course Caitlin was going to make it all, but was so involved in a book she was reading she sort of ditched me.

They chose a Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake Recipe, which is very similar to this chocolate cake recipe I have made.


While I have made a chocolate cake before I wanted to make it special for New Years Eve Dessert, so I took the idea from these Clock cookies and pinata cakes I have seen on Pinterest and combined them into one.

Don’t worry, it is very watery after you add the cup of boiling water.

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After allowing my cakes to cool, I cut a little hole in the middle of the bottom layer. It is really just for effect of cutting into the cake and confetti coming out.


New years Surprise Cake


I frosted around the whole full of M& M’s and then frosted the rest of the cake.

I wish I had more frosting, this chocolate frosting recipe was super simple to make but did not seem to make enough for a thick layer of frosting.

easy fudge frosting


Now for decor. Since it was a chocolate frosted cake, I was a little limited to decorations so I chose to use Large M& M’s and some white cookie frosting


Chocolate cake recipe


Here is the final clock cake. Not so bad for an improv dessert.


clock cake


Here is the Cake once it was cut.


new years confetti cake


Wishing you all a safe and fun New Year’s Eve. What are your plans?

For more kid party ideas be sure to check out my New Years Eve round up.


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Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake Recipe

New Years Eve Cake Clock

Hershey Chocolate Cake Recipe

Yield: 10- 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

An amazing and dense chocolate cake recipe with super easy chocolate frosting. This clock cake is filled with candy for a fun New Years Eve or Birthday Surprise.


  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs room temp
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. . Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  2. 2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl.
  3. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). 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.
  7. Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.
  8. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 471Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 33mgSodium 447mgCarbohydrates 85gFiber 2gSugar 63gProtein 6g

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  1. What a great idea to put this chocolate frosting on brownies. Yummy

  2. I just made a half batch of the frosting for brownies. It was amazing.

  3. thanks I am going to post the inside later today…. confetti of M& M’s fell out perfect for New Years Day or Eve

  4. Wow, that looks really good!

  5. I love the idea of putting the m&m’s in the middle! What an ingenious idea.

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