How to Make Rich, Moist, Decadent Devil's Food Cake From Scratch
Homemade Devil's Food Cake
Remember the boxed stuff? Where the batter tasted about as good as the finished cake and if you could get away with it you're sorely tempted to just eat it with a spoon and forget buttering and flouring the cake pans?
I do. And you know you do too. Devil's Food Cake is just that good. Originally getting it's name because of it's opposite appearance to Angel Food Cake and because of it's dark, rich taste it carries the perfect amount of chocolate punch. I like it with simple buttercream - although of course I'd eat simple buttercream on anything at all (including the aforementioned spoon).
Don't be fooled by the tiny bit of coffee in this recipe. The result won't be a 'mocha' thing at all. Coffee and chocolate work beautifully hand in hand - the coffee enhances the chocolate flavor without competing with or overwhelming it. This cake is a favorite birthday request at my house. Once you try it, it will be it will be at your house too!
A couple of notes - first, I'm a baker, not a decorator, so as long as the frosting is pretty and fluffy, I don't care about the rest if it tastes good, and this one tastes great. However, if you want to make it a little dressier, the easiest trick is to make sure the tops of the cakes are even. Use a serrated knife to trim the tops of the cakes to remove the slightly domed bit. This makes the layers more even when you frost between them, making the finished cake more even and more 'professional' looking.
You can also use a piping bag or plastic baggie to pipe around the bottom edge of the cake to make it neater. I usually just line the cake plate with foil before frosting to keep the plate clean and leave it at that. Don't feel like you have to copy stuff on Pinterest - you'll be proud enough of how great this lovely cake tastes that pretty white frosting is plenty!
Homemade Devil's Food Cake Recipe - Ingredients
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup cocoa
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup coffee
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
Homemade Devil's Food Cake Recipe - Directions
- Butter and flour two nine inch cake pans. Preheat oven to 325F.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk together (by hand) flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and sugar. Whisk well to fully incorporate.
- Add the oil, coffee and milk and mix until fully incorporated - about two minutes. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each. Stir in vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl and mix for another couple of minutes.
- Divide batter among prepared cake pans, and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean. All cakes to cool in their pans for 10 minutes, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completley before frosting.
Frost with White Vanilla Buttercream Frosting - Recipe Below
White Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe
- 1 cup milk
- 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup shortening, room temperature
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, whisk together milk and flour. Cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Cover and chill completely.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together butter, sugar and shortening until creamy. Add vanilla.
3. Add cold milk mixture and beat for 8-10 minutes. Frost cakes, and chill both.
Salt and Leavening
The Secret Ingredient - Coffee!
Cocoa Powder - the Flavor Bomb
Vanilla Extract - Keep it Real
Mix in Two Large Eggs
Mix Until Fully Incorporated
Two 9 inch Cake Pans
Bake at 325F for 35-40 Minutes
Allow the Cakes to Cool Completely
Frost with Vanilla Buttercream
Grab a Glass of Milk and Enjoy!
Old Fashioned Vanilla Buttercream Tutorial
How to Prepare a Pan for Baking
How to Make Vanilla Extract
© 2011 Jan Charles