Devil’s Food Cake

Rich, decadent, chocolatey, moist… is how I would describe this one. Even though I’m pretty proud of this cake, it wasn’t too difficult to get right. Every single trial in developing this recipe tasted pretty good to me.

When I set out to create this recipe, despite it being my favourite cake, I didn’t actually know what Devil’s Food Cake was. I knew it was rich and chocolatey, but wasn’t sure what made it “Devil’s Food” instead of just good old chocolate cake. Apparently I’m not the only one who is unaware of the distinction between the two, but if I ever see a chocolate cake as dark and rich as this, I will call it Devil’s Food. It is definitely the exact opposite of Angel Food Cake.

Devil’s food is almost always paired with a chocolate frosting. Here are a few different options:

For this cake, I used a milk chocolate-caramel filling, which ended up being a bit gooier than planned. This resulted in an amazingly yummy, but really messy cake. Whatever you choose to frost/fill this cake, I’m sure it will be a huge hit.


For two  9-inch round cakes, three 8-inch cakes, or 24 cupcakes

2 cups cake flour (125 g)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt

½ cup butter, softened (113 g)
1 cup brown sugar (100 g)
1 cup white sugar (100 g)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 large eggs

1 cup milk (250 mL)
1 tbsp. white vinegar
¾ cup dark cocoa powder  (75 g)
1 cup boiling water (250 mL)


Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C.)

Grease cake tins with solid vegetable shortening and line bottoms with wax paper.

In medium bowl, sift together flour,  baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

In a separate bowl,  beat butter, vanilla, and sugars on high speed until blended and fluffy.

Beat in eggs, one at a time.

Mix cocoa powder and boiling water together. Mix this mixture with milk and vinegar. Add dry and wet ingredients into the butter/egg mixture and mix until blended.

Divide batter equally between pans. Bake 30-35 min, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. (18-22 min for cupcakes.) Be careful not to over bake so the cake retains its moisture.

Cool in pans on wire rack for 10 min.

Run knife along sides of pans and invert cakes onto wire rack. Remove wax paper and cool completely.

Once cool, frost cake with desired frosting.

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6 Responses to Devil’s Food Cake

  1. Rhiannon February 29, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    This was seriously the best cake of my life and I’m not a big fan of chocolate cake. I want more!!!

    • Ashleen February 29, 2012 at 10:37 am #

      Yess… another one successfully converted to loving chocolate cake (I don’t know how anyone couldn’t be a big fan of chocolate cake… makes me wonder if we are actually sisters.)

  2. Cheryl Rodrigues April 22, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    how much is 1/2 cup butter I mean in grams?

  3. Cheryl Rodrigues April 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    also 1 cup milk is how many ml?

    • Ashleen April 22, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

      Whoops, I’ve added those amounts in grams now! Thanks for pointing that out :)

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