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Devils food cake

Devil's Food Cake

Written By: Shantel Whitford

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 30 to 35 minutes


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups milk at room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


Yields two 9" or three 8" rounds, or a 9" x 13" sheet cake

Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly grease and flour two 9" round cake pans, three 8" round pans, or a 9" x 13" pan. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, and salt until fluffy and light, beating for at least 5 minutes.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, and baking powder. If lumps remain, sift the mixture. Add the eggs to the butter mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Mix the milk or water and the vanilla.

Add one-third of the flour mixture to the batter, then add half the milk, another third of the flour, the remaining milk, and the remaining flour, stirring to combine after each addition. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl occasionally throughout this process. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.

Bake the cake(s) for 30 to 35 minutes (a bit longer for the 9" x 13" cake), until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan. Remove the cake(s) from the oven, cool them for 5 to 10 minutes, then remove them from their pans (leave the 9" x 13" cake in the pan, for easiest serving). Cool completely before frosting.

Devil's food cake is supposed to be darker and less sweet than other kinds of chocolate cake. Some devil's food cake versions call for cocoa powder only and no melted baking chocolate. The difference is that the devil's food version uses non-alkalized cocoa instead of Dutch-processed. Either way, a chocolate cake is still the best kind of cake!


About The Author

My name is Shantel Whitford, and I am a proud member of the Kalispel Tribe and professional chef. I am excited to share with you recipes and healthy ways to prepare food from the market to feed your families. I have been cooking since I was three, when my grandmothers had me up at the stove helping. They inspired my passion for food, and I am looking forward to helping ignite your creativity when it comes to feeding your family.

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