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Mahogany Devil’s Food Cake

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.


12 servings

"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."


  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Facts

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

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