Devil’s Food Cake by Ruth Reichl

Recipe by BurtonFanatic

From the book "Tender at the Bone".

Top Review by Madrigal_Silverkin

This is an absolutely wonderful cake, moist rich and oh chocolate goodness! I have made it twice the first time for my autistic son's birthday. Now let me say he like many autistic children have issues where food is concerned and when it comes to cake he eats the icing and leaves the cake. With this cake he ate it all and asked for seconds wow!

The second time was for my son's Godfather's birthday. He has always had a devil's food cake for his birthday and in the halcyon days of his youth that cake was baked by his grandmother. He said it was better then the one's his grandmother made him.

I served it at a get together with some of our friends and I will say not a single piece was to be had for seconds by the cook.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Heat milk in small pan until bubbles begin to appear around edges. Remove from heat.
  3. Mix cocoa and white sugar together in a small bowl and slowly beat in warm milk. Let cool.
  4. Cream the butter with the brown sugar. Beat in the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla. Add cocoa mixture.
  5. Mix dry ingredients together and gently blend into butter mixture.
  6. Do not overheat.
  7. Turn into 2 well-greased and floured 9-inch layer cake pans, and bake 25 to 30 minutes, until cake shrinks slightly from sides of pans and springs back when touched gently in the center. Cool on a rack for a few minutes, then turn out onto rack.
  8. Wait until completely cool before frosting.
  9. Seven-minute Frosting.
  10. Combine egg whites, sugar, water, cream of tartar, and salt in top of double boiler. Set over simmering water and beat with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes, until soft peaks are formed. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Keep beating until frosting is stiff enough to spread. Use immediately. This looks like a lot, but use it all; it is enough to fill and frost the cake.

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