Old Fashioned Devil’s Food Cake

Old Fashioned Devil's Food Cake Recipe

Yeah!  It’s Secret Recipe Club reveal day today.  I love this day.  I love finding new blogs (or reading one’s I have already stocked and favorite), making new recipes, and then sharing them with the other members of group C.  I know.  Simple, right?  Don’t judge.

This month my blog assignment was Feast on the Cheap.  Mary Ann and Mariel are a mother daughter duo who cook and blog and make amazing recipes!  There are recipes on their blog for everyone, from the gourmet to the home cooking lover.  They even have recipes on a budget, showing the readers that “fancy” and delicious cooking doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

There were so many mouth watering recipes to chose from.  The Cinnamon Spiced Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki had me drooling on my keyboard.  I am a huge tzatziki fan and eat it on just about everything.  Then I found the Crab Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms.  I think I would eat every single one if I made this recipe.  And the Crab Louis Salad Over Avocado?  Amazing!  But I always seem to gravitate towards the desserts (go figure).  And who could pass up this Old Fashioned Devil’s Food Cake?  It looks amazing!  So it was a toss up between the Devil’s Food Cake and the Oreo Cookie Layer Cake.  The decisions!

Well, the Old Fashioned Devil’s Food Cake won out.

Old Fashioned Devil's Food Cake

I’m not totally sure what happened to my pictures.  Sorry about that.  It’s hard to see the chocolate frosting layer in the middle, but it’s there.

Old Fashioned Devil's Food Cake

Old Fashioned Devil’s Food Cake


    For the Cake
  • ½ cup hot, brewed coffee
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1½ sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • For the Frosting
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 ½ cups Confectioner’s sugar
  • ¾ cup milk or cream
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray the bottom and sides of 2- 9” round cake pans with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the hot coffee and the ¾ cup of cocoa powder to form a paste. Add the buttermilk and vanilla, whisking well to combine. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Using an electric mixer, beat the softened butter with the brown sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Using the lowest setting on your mixer, add the flour mixture alternately with the cocoa-coffee mixture. Beat until just combined.
  6. Divide the batter between the 2 prepared pans and sprinkle the tops with the chocolate chips.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with a few crumbs clinging to the shaft. Cool on wire racks for 10 minutes. Run a sharp knife along the sides of the pans to loosen the edges. Invert onto the wire racks lined with foil.
  8. Allow the cake to cool completely before icing.
  9. To prepare the icing: in a large bowl, combine the confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, and milk. Add the cocoa and softened butter and using an electric mixer, beat until creamy.
  10. Place one cake layer on a serving platter or cake plate. Spread a thick coating of icing over the top. Top with the second layer and spread the remaining icing over the top and sides. Using a small icing knife, create decorative swirls over the top of the cake. Garnish with additional chocolate chips, if desired.

 The cake is pretty chocolatey (duh, right?!)  The frosting isn’t too sweet, tho. so it’s not too much.  It would be perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

Old Fashioned Devil's Food Cake Recipe

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  1. There’s nothing like a big old slab of chocolate cake!

  2. Look amazing! Erin you always make the most amazing cakes:)

  3. YUMS!! Can’t beat a good homemade chocolate cake. Wish I had a piece of this right now with a tall glass of cold milk!

  4. This cake looks beyond decadent… I so need a big slice of it today!!!

  5. I hope I have an event coming up soon so I can make this. I’m afraid to make it just for the two of us. Too delicious!!

  6. This is one of our favorite family cakes! Thank you for the kind words, it’s so nice to meet you. You have a beautiful site 🙂

  7. This cake looks wonderful, and I”m not even a chocolate cake fan. Great SRC post

  8. Once I saw this photo, I so wish I had a slice in front of me right now. Yummy! Glad to be part of SRC group C with you!

  9. You can’t go wrong with a Devil’s Food!!! Pass a fork, please. Wait….just pass the plate. 🙂

  10. What a gorgeous cake – worthy of any bakery for sure!

  11. It’s one terrific cake
    Perfect for any birthday 🙂

  12. Your cake looks terrific! Can’t beat a chocolate layer cake with chocolate frosting! Double yum!

  13. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your weekend and your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen