Devil's Food Cake


This devil's food cake recipe is from an old Philadelphia Bakery. It makes a great celebration cake frosted with chocolate ganache or buttercream frosting.

close up view of a slice of Devil's Food Cake with chocolate icing, on a plate with a fork
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
1 2-layer 9-inch cake


  • ½ cup butter

  • 3 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease and flour two 9-inch round pans or one 9x13-inch pan.

  2. In a small pan, melt butter or margarine with unsweetened chocolate. Set aside to cool slightly.

  3. Cream together sugar and eggs until light in color. Add chocolate mixture to eggs and temper mixture by beating well. Add 1 cup boiled water (still warm) and blend well. Mixture will be very liquid.

  4. Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add this mixture to chocolate mixture and blend well.

  5. Mix together vinegar and the milk and stir into chocolate batter. Pour into the prepared pans.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes.


This cake is delicious layered with mousse, chocolate ganache, or Black Forest fillings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

166 Calories
6g Fat
27g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 166
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 138mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 2g
Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 53mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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