Decadent Devil’s Food Cake

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Published on: October 4, 2012

Decadent Devil's Food Cake
Recipe type: Cakes
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For a special dish, please use our Decadent Chocolate Frosting
  • 1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pans
  • ¾ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder, plus more for pans
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 3 cups sifted cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2¼ cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Butter three 8-inch round cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment; butter parchment. Dust with cocoa powder; tap out excess. Set aside. Sift cocoa powder into a medium bowl; whisk in boiling water. Set aside to cool.
  3. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl; set aside. Put butter into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until creamy. Gradually mix in sugar until pale and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add eggs, a bit at a time, mixing well between each addition; mix until well blended. Mix in vanilla.
  4. Whisk milk into reserved cocoa mixture. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture to butter mixture in 3 batches, alternating with the cocoa mixture.
  5. Divide batter evenly among prepared pans; smooth tops with an offset spatula. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until a cake tester inserted into centers comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool in pans on wire racks 15 minutes. Turn out cakes onto racks; remove parchment and reinvert. Let cool completely.
  6. Using a serrated knife, trim tops of cakes to make level. Place four strips of parchment paper around perimeter of a serving plate or lazy Susan. Place the first layer on the cake plate. Spread the top of the first layer with 1½ cups of frosting. Place the second layer on top and repeat process with another 1½ cups of frosting. Place the remaining layer on top of the second layer bottom side up. Spread entire cake with remaining 3 cups frosting.


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  1. […] is chocolate frosting that tastes as good as chocolate! For a special treat, spread it all over our Decadent Devils Food Cake Author: Recipe Rock! Recipe type: Cakes Serves: 18 […]

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