Chocolate Devils Food Cake (Traditional)

Chocolate Devils Food Cake (Traditional) - by Serena

  • Servings: 2 x 20cm round cakes or 12 x cupcakes and 1 x 20cm round cake
  • Difficulty: easy
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Notes: This recipe makes 2 x 20cm round cakes or 1 x 20cm round cake plus 12 cupcakes.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp bicarb (baking soda)
  • 34 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar (white or raw)

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup hot coffee – 2tsps instant coffee added to 250ml boiling water)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. (170 if fan forced)
  2. Grease and line with baking paper 2 x 20cm round cake pans (if making cupcakes, place paper liners into cupcake pan without greasing)
  3. Please rack on middle – bottom half of oven (cooler)
  4. make up one cup of coffee as above and set aside
  5. In a large mixing bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Add oil, coffee and milk and mix at medium speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and beat 2 more minutes. Expect batter to be thin.
  6. Pour into 2- 20cm round pans. Bake 9 x 13 pan for about 50-55 minutes or cupcakes for about 30-35 minutes. Cool in pans for about 15 minutes and then cool completely on racks. Ice as desired. My mock cream icing goes well with this, or a ganache, either poured over or whipped.

Tips: All ovens are different. When attempting a new recipe, use caution and check the cake often – and do a skewer test 10 minutes before it is supposed to be ready. Make notes on your recipe for next time.



  1. REBECCA says:

    I’ve heard many rave reviews about this cake and want to try it for a work function but have a colleague who doesn’t like coffee. Does the coffee in this leave a strong ‘coffee’ taste or is it subtle? If it’s strong, is there any possibke substitutions?


    • Hi there, no the coffee is not strong and you really need it in the recipe. If you have a read of the comments following the recipe, you will see I wrote a long winded piece about the coffee in the cake 🙂


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