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

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"I found this recipe hand-written on a piece of paper, tucked into an old recipe book I bought at a garage sale," notes Jamie Regier of Omaha, Nebraska. "It has since become one of my family's most-requested desserts."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 368 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 378mg sodium, 80g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. Coat three 9-in. round baking pans with cooking spray and sprinkle with flour; set aside. In a bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Add water; mix well. Pour into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  2. For frosting, in a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, egg whites, water, corn syrup and cream of tartar. With a portable mixer, beat mixture on low speed for 1 minute. Continue beating on low over low heat until a candy thermometer reads 160°, about 5 minutes. Pour into the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer; add extract. Beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Mahogany Devil's Food Cake in Light & Tasty April/May 2003, p16

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s_pants User ID: 174050 215059
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2014

"cake is better if eaten the same day it is made. I probably could have been a little more generous in the frosting between the layers... I just covered each cake, but could have made it thicker."

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