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Spiced Devil’s Food Cake

One of my mom's friends gave her this recipe when I was a child, and it has been a family favorite ever since. When your chocolate sweet tooth acts up, this really hits the spot! —Linda Yeamans, Ashland, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons strong brewed coffee
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Toasted whole or chopped almonds, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add 1 egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla.
  • Sift together all dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Pour into 2 greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Cool on wire racks for 10 minutes before removing from pans.
  • In a small bowl, combine all icing ingredients except nuts. Spread frosting between layers and over the top and sides of cake. If desired, top with almonds.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 543 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 110mg cholesterol, 389mg sodium, 82g carbohydrate (61g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Ginny
    Dec 12, 2019

    Great cake and frosting!! Baked out in a sheetcake pan for 40 min.

  • Ceege
    Oct 22, 2017

    Why do they always show a 3 layer cake when directions say to place in 2 pans? From the picture, you expect a much taller, larger cake. A pet peeve of mine. Other than that, the cake is good and may make it again for special occasions.

  • efwynne
    Aug 31, 2013

    This cake really hits your chocolate spot. It's moist..and it doesn't last long in my house!!

  • paulehuguette
    Apr 15, 2010

    I made this cake last week, then made the yellow cake and am expecting special company this weekend and when I asked by friend what he wanted for cake, he asked for that special chocolate cake I had made before. This one! It is not too sweet yet has a definite light and enjoyable spicy taste. I will make it often and I recommend it to anyone.