Buttermilk Devil's Food Cake With Freshly Squeezed Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

"This is my all-time favorite devils food chocolate cake. Inspired by Anne Byrn the Cake Mix Doctor I have become quite a fan of jazzing up cake mix. I have a host of decadent frostings for all my cakes, but let me entice you here to try this deep rich chocolate cake adorned with freshly squeezed orange cream cheese frosting. You're going to love this super easy cake. This is definitely one of my personal favorites!"
photo by HOUSEMANAGER Charle photo by HOUSEMANAGER Charle
photo by HOUSEMANAGER Charle
Ready In:




  • PREHEAT oven to 350F; Generously grease two 9 inch round cake pans with solid vegetable shortening, then dust with flour, shake out the excess flour; Set aside.
  • COMBINE the cake mix, cocoa powder, buttermilk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl; Blend with an electric mixer until the batter is thick and smooth; Pour into prepared pans.
  • BAKE the cake until it springs back when lightly pressed with your finger, approximately 35 minutes; Cool cakes in pans on wire rack for 30 minutes more and then slip both cakes out of the pans into your freezer; (Frozen cakes are much easier to frost.) Now you can prepare the frosting.
  • COMBINE cream cheese and butter with your electric mixer on low speed until fluffy, stop the machine; Add the confectioners’ sugar; Continue to blend on low until the sugar is well combined; Add the orange juice and zest, Increase the speed and beat until frosting is light and fluffy; Use at once to frost cake.
  • STORE frosted cake in fridge.

Questions & Replies

Got a question? Share it with the community!


  1. I think I was expecting the cake to be a richer chocolate flavor. Don't get me wrong, it was good, just not the decadent rich chocolate I was hoping for. I made the frosting as directed and the flavor was excellent, but it was on the thin side so I added more powdered sugar. I kept adding a little at a time trying to get a better consistency. In the end I had added so much powdered sugar that it was very sweet and you didn't taste the orange very much. Once again, it was still good, just not great. Over all, it's a good cake, but it just doesn't have that wow factor I was hoping for.
  2. The frosting wasn't bad, but our family did not like the taste to much. We did not try the cake though.
  3. I made this yesterday for my son's birthday. To be totally honest, I liked the icing more than the cake. I followed the recipe exactly but was hoping for more of a rich chocolate cake. It was a good cake....just not a great cake...to my liking. On the other hand, the icing was out of this world ! I was licking the bowl and my fingers......and had trouble sharing with the rest of the family ! Thanks for a great icing recipe....I'll make this one again for sure !
  4. I made this recipe for dinner last night; the rest of the cake is sitting in the fridge! It is WONDERFUL! I needed to put more powdered suger in the frosting so that it was the right consistancy. Anyway - a GREAT CAKE!!
  5. I made this recipe for Halloween. I'm a real fan of orange and chocolate flavors combined and boy was this cake a delicious combination. The rich chocolate cake was so moist and the fresh orange flavor of the frosting was just perfect. This one is a keeper! Thanks for sharing.


Hi Everyone! Well what can I tell you about myself...I’m HOUSEMANAGER (a name given to me by my family) a 43 year old Christian gal married to a wonderful man with a beautiful 8 year old competitive gymnast daughter who looks like a princess. I’m absolutely passionate about food. My love of cooking / baking and all things food is only rivaled by my love for interior design and my in-depth interest in forensic science (what a combination). This explains my "OFF BEAT" humor! It wasn't always that way, I used to make a joke that my first marriage ended in divorce because of my then disdain for the kitchen... WOW HAVE I CHANGED! I’m really an artist at heart, everything I’ve ever been involved in or am doing currently revolves around the creative within me. For over 15 years I was in business for myself (The Salon Industry) where I met my now present husband. We currently own and operate our own Consulting / Marketing / Advertising firm, catering primarily to real estate agents and their properties. Yes, I have a techy background that spills into our business which is unique in that we handle all the details from start to finish. Business interests take us deep into the internet...a story on it's own! I collect chefs (yea,you read right), cookbooks and dishes. The dishes / table settings are in every color and style imaginable. I love to set theme tables that emphasizes the food (that’s the artist in me). I have an insatiable interest in cooking techniques and ingredients, especially the exotic. Our home is blessed with an array of cats, a dog, hamsters, exotic birds and tropical fish. There’s a whole lot of God, love and laughter being served along with the food here! I adore this site and I tip my hat to all the staff and ‘zaar contributors. There is a lot of “stuff” out there but this is a 5 star site, you should all be exceedingly glad in the direction the site is going! Your endless hard work is appreciated.
View Full Profile

Find More Recipes