Devil's Food Cake Recipe
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Devil's Food Cake Recipe

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"THIS is a family favorite that we still enjoy. The 7-minute icing can also be used on other cake recipes, which makes it versatile. What's more, the icing can be tinted different colors to be more festive for different occasions."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-14 servings


  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 378 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 155mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (53g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, shortening and eggs. Add vanilla; beat well. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, soda and salt. Add alternately with buttermilk to the egg mixture. Pour batter into two greased 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  2. For frosting, combine first four ingredients in the top of a double boiler; beat with an electric mixer until thoroughly mixed. Place over rapidly boiling water and continue to beat for 7 minutes or until frosting will hold stiff peaks. Remove from boiling water and add vanilla. Continue to beat frosting until thick enough to spread. Frost cake when completely cooled. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Originally published as Devil's Food Cake in Reminisce Spring 1991, p33

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Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011


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