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Classic Devils Food Cake with Ganache Frosting

This Classic Devils Food Cake recipe is a chocolate lover's delight.
Course cake
Cuisine Baking
Keyword cake recipes, chocolate cake, devil's food cake recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 612kcal
Author Erren Hart of Erren's Kitchen


  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup superfine sugar
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup cream
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F/180 C.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together the cocoa powder, instant coffee, and hot water. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda together.
  • Add the butter, oil and the vanilla extract, eggs and coffee mixture and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes or until smooth.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the two greased 9-inch round pans and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  • Take the pans out and put them on a wire rack for 5 to 10 minutes, before turning the cakes out to cool.

For the frosting:

  • Heat the cream over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
  • Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Add the simmering cream and leave to sit for 5 minutes or until the chocolate softens enough to whisk and then whisk until smooth and glossy.
  • Let it stand for about 1 hour, whisking now and again occasionally to keep it from becoming too stiff. Once it reaches your desired consistency, it's ready to use.
  • Frost the cooled cakes starting with topping one with a half a cup of icing and placing the other on top (bottom side up). Use the remaining frosting to frost the rest of the cake. If the frosting is quite soft once you've iced the cake, you can place it in the refrigerator until its set.


Calories: 612kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 287mg | Potassium: 379mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 785IU | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 5.4mg