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Homemade Devil's Food Cake Recipe

This was my mother's recipe and has been our favorite for many years. My husband and I have been married 47 years and have three children and five grandchildren.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups milk, divided
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. In the top of a double boiler, combine cocoa and 1 cup sugar. Beat 1 egg; add to double boiler. Add 1 cup milk; cook until thick and smooth. Set aside to cool.
  • 2. Meanwhile, cream shortening and remaining sugar in a large bowl. Add remaining eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • 3. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternately with remaining milk to creamed mixture. Add vanilla and cooled cocoa mixture; beat thoroughly. Pour into two greased 8- or 9-in. round baking pans.
  • 4. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool. Frost with your favorite seven-minute or fudge icing. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 375 calories, 15 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 161 mg sodium, 56 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.