Monday, December 28, 2009

Devil's Food Cake

Okay. So alot of you have asked about the infamous chocolate cake that I like to make for special occasions. Actually, I found this recipe years ago courtesy of Woman's Day magazine and it started out as a pokeno tradition. Our little group knew that if pokeno was at my house, then this chocolate cake was a guarantee for dessert...complete with vanilla ice cream. I miss my pokeno girls!

3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 1/3 c. boiling water
2 1/3 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. oil
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 T. vanilla extract
2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
2 t. baking soda
1 t. salt

1 stick butter, softened
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
3 c. confectioners sugar
6 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate melted & cooled
About 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray pans with Pam and line bottoms with wax paper. Put cocoa powder and boiling water in medium bowl; stir until smooth. When cool, add next 4 ingredients. Beat with mixer on medium speed until blended. On low speed, add flour, baking soda, and salt. Beat until smooth (batter is thin). Pour into pans. Bake 45-55 minutes until pick comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes. Run knife around edges, invert on cooling rack, peel off paper and cool completely.

Frosting: Beat butter and vanilla in large bowl with mixer on medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low and beat in 1/2 c. of sugar, then chocolate. Alternate beating in remaining sugar and 1/2 c. cream. Increase speed to medium; beat, adding more cream if needed, until spreadable. Spread 1 c. of frosting between layers and complete cake.

This cake is de-vine! Enjoy!

P.S. And, yeah, that's Alise's headband on the counter. I don't normally make a habit of taking pictures of food with headbands in them nor do I cook with headbands in my kitchen. What probably happened was that I told her to put it up and instead of taking it to her room, she put it on the kitchen counter. Four year olds!


  1. The cake looks so good!

  2. devils food is my husband's favorite and i don't make it enough...maybe this will be his new year's treat. I'm dying to know...what is pokeno?

  3. I would never have noticed that headband if you hadn't of pointed it out. Who is looking at that with that big chocolate cake that looks delish? I had to go back to the pic to see what you were talking about. haha!