Devil’s Food Cake

by Jo Kenny

This American beauty is named for its insanely gluttonous nature. It’s moist & fudgey and incredibly naughty, in other words the perfect birthday cake!

Devil’s Food Cake

For the cake:

  • 2x 20cm springform cake tins
  • 85g cocoa powder
  • 120ml boiling water
  • 200ml full-fat milk
  • 300g unsalted, softened butter
  • 475g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 475g plain flower
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the frosting:

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 40ml full-fat milk
  • 5 squares of 70%+ dark chocolate

Preheat your oven to 170c. Grease your tins and dust with cocoa. In a jug stir the cocoa into the boiling water, leave to cool slightly then stir in the milk. In a bowl, cream the butter & sugar until light & fluffy. Then add in the beaten eggs a little at a time.

To the wet mixture add in the flour, bicarbonate of soda & salt. Stir this in with a wooden spoon: it’ll stop the gluten in the flour becoming over-worked, which means a tastier cake. Finally, stir in the cocoa mixture.

Devils food cake recipe chocolate mixture

These go into the oven for 35 minutes or until a cocktail stick comes out clean. When cooked leave to cool. The frosting is made my whisking together the butter, cocoa, milk & icing sugar and metled dark chocolate for a good 5 minutes until light & fluffy. Slather it between the layers of cake and spread generously on top.

Finish with some shavings of dark chocolate.

Devils food cake recipe birthday cake

Devils food cake recipe birthday cake candles

Devils food cake recipe birthday cake dark chocolate

I cannot begin to tell you heavy this cake is! It definitely has the wow factor for special occasions!

Devils food cake recipe inside

So very chocolatey and dense inside.

Devils food cake recipe birthday cake slices

Worth. Every. Calorie.

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