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Devil's food cake on a cake stand with a slice of cake removed.

Traditional Devil's Food Cake

This traditional devil's food cake recipe is easy and super moist. Filled and frosted with seven minute frosting, it will quickly become a family favorite!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 40 minutes
Cooling time 35 minutes
Total 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12 to 16 servings
Calories 428 kcal
Author Michelle


  • cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 4 extra-large eggs at room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup hot brewed coffee
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 7 Minute Frosting double batch, or your favorite frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 9x2-inch round cake pans, line the bottoms with parchment paper, grease the parchment and flour the pans. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. On low speed, add the eggs, on at a time. Add the vanilla and beat until well mixed, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder and hot coffee until smooth.
  5. With the mixer on low, add the chocolate mixture to the batter.
  6. Still with the mixer on low, slowly add half of the flour mixture to the batter, then all of the sour cream, then the remaining flour mixture, mixing each addition until combined. With a rubber spatula, fold the batter until it is well mixed.
  7. Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans and smooth the tops. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Col in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn the cakes out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
  8. Slice each cake layer in half horizontally. Place the bottom of the first cake, cut side up, on a flat serving plate and spread 1 cup of frosting on the top. Place the top of the first cake, cut side down, on top and spread another 1 cup of frosting on top. Next, place the top layer of the second cake on top, cut side up, and frost with another 1 cup of frosting. Finally, place the bottom layer of the second cake, bottom side up (so the top of the cake is flat). Frost the top and sides of the cake. The cake can be stored, covered, for up to 3 days. If you use the 7 Minute Frosting or a meringue buttercream, the cake should be refrigerated; bring to room temperature prior to serving. If you use any other type of frosting (a traditional vanilla, chocolate, cream cheese, etc.), the cake can be stored at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Traditional Devil's Food Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 428 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 329mg14%
Potassium 157mg4%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 680IU14%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.