The Only Chocolate Cake Recipe You'll Ever Need! (Devil's Food)
photo by Ashley Cuoco
- Ready In:
- 1hr 15mins
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 3⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup hot coffee
- 1 cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup milk
- 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup butter, softened
- 1⁄2 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- In a large mixing bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Add oil, coffee and milk and mix at medium speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and beat 2 more minutes. Expect batter to be thin.
- Pour into a 9" x 13" greased and floured pan or 2- 9" round pans. Bake 9 x 13 pan for about 45 minutes or 9" pans for about 30 minutes. Cool in pans for about 15 minutes and then cool completely on racks.
- While cake is cooling make the icing: Combine the milk and flour in a saucepan and cook over low heat until thick, whisking constantly. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
- In a medium bowl, beat butter, shortening, sugar and vanilla until creamy. Add chilled milk and flour mixture and beat for 10 minutes. Frost cooled cake and enjoy! The frosting sounds intimidating, but it is worth it! By the way, for some reason, we prefer this cake chilled, right out of the refrigerator. The rich chocolate and cool frosting just seem to taste best this way.
Questions & Replies
I wanted to make this recipe: The website offers units in US and Metric. Since I do a lot of baking, I prefer using metric. The metric conversions are so off, it's a disaster. For example, the recipe calls for 2 cups of sugar, the website converts to approx 473g, that's not right! 2 cups of granulated sugar is only 402g. Look at flour which is 2 cups, converts to 473g again, but 2 cups of flour is only 240g. So 473g is actually 3-3/4 cups, not 2! Cocoa powder is 3/4 cup, but converts to 178g, once again 3/4 cup of cocoa powder is only 75g. This is nuts. The end result is a recipe mixture that looks like thick fudge brownie, not cake batter!!! If the website cannot offer accurate conversions, then just turn the feature off!!
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I made this for a co-workers 18th birthday and everyone loved it. Very moist and chocolaty. The frosting was also very good with a nice texture and not overly sweet. I did add semi-sweet chocolate morsels to the frosting while I was stirring the flour and milk together over med. heat. Came out tasting very good.
I wish I could rate this recipe 5 stars. The cake definitely earns 5 stars; however, with the frosting recipe that is included, I can only rate this a 3. I have made this cake before, using a different frosting, and it was loved by all. I made the cake a second time, using the included frosting recipe. The cake itself turned out great, but the frosting was not something I would ever make again. I didn't have any problems with the texture of the frosting, as some reviewers have. It looked great, but the flavor was very lacking. I can't recommend the cake enough, but I won't be making the frosting again.
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Excellent cake! Halfway through getting my ingredients together I realized that I was out of milk :( So, I used 1 cup of sweetened condensed milk and only used 1 cup of sugar, rather than the 2 suggested. I also used 2 tsp. of espresso powder with 1 cup of hot water in place of the 1 cup of hot coffee. The cake came out beautifully!! Instead of using the suggested frosting, I made a ganache out of melted butter, hot water, powedered sugar and cocoa powder. This recipe made a really moist and delicious cake, thanks for posting!!
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