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 🙂


    • Cyndee says:

      Serena, I’m hoping for an answer ASAP, as I’m planning to make this cake today, for my grandson’s birthday tomorrow, and unsure if this Devil’s Food Cake recipe is the same as the Thermomix, regarding the ingredient amounts etc. Thank you so much, Cyndee


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