Friday, March 11, 2011

Homemade Devil's Food Cake

Last week my grandpa turn 82, which was perfect because I was in the middle of reading Devil's Food Cake by Josi S. Kilpack (click HERE for her web site) and this recipe sounded delicious. Sunday morning, I decided to whip it up before church (bad idea on Fast Sunday, by the way) and take it to him after dinner. It was AMAZING! Super rich, not as sugary as boxed cakes, and I had everything in the pantry. I liked it so much I thought I would share it with you guys. Just an FYI, Black writting is the actual recipe and the Orange is my additions.

Devil's Food Cake
-1 cup sour milk (1 cup milk + 2 teaspoons white vinegar or lemon juice or use 1 cup buttermilk) I used milk and vinegar
-2 cups flour
-2 cups sugar
-2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa I used Hershey's Natural Cocoa
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-2 eggs
-1 cup vegetable oil
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1 cup boiling water
-1 teaspoon baking soda

For sour milk, mix milk and vinegar in a small bowl (I did it in one of my measuring cups). Set aside for 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients except the water and baking soda. I think it would be best to mix the dry together and then the wet so that everything is mixed well (most recipes do it that way). Mix until batter is smooth. Add the soda to the boiling water (kids love this part because it bubbles.) Add soda/water mixture to the batter. Mix well- batter will be thin. It took so vigorous whisking.
Pour batter into a greased and floured 9X13-inch pan (I just sprayed mine really good) and bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes or until middle is set.
If using round cake pans, grease pans VERY well and cut a round of wax paper to fit inside the bottom of the pans to prevent cakes from sticking when removed. Let cake cool five minutes in pans before turning out onto a wire rack.
Serves 12.
You can also add a teaspoon of mint extract to the batter.

I think I'm going to make the 2 rounds and cut then in half so that there will be 4 layers. I'm hoping it will be like Magleby's.

My son had so much fun decorating this cake, I think I'll make him another one to just decorate.


  1. That looks delicious.I think I found my weekend treat. Thanks for sharing

  2. It's Delicious! Just don't let the hubby get a huge piece. It's too rich.