Moist & Fluffy Devils Food Cake

We LOVE devils food cake around here. Really any kind of chocolate cake will lift our skirts but I find myself making this recipe pretty much for every birthday, especially Isaac’s. It’s the perfect homemade devils food cake in my opinion; dark, chocolatey, super moist, fluffy and light.

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The hardest part…waiting for the cakes to cool off!

And did I mention it’s a one bowl cake recipe? Loves! I usually make a basic white buttercream frosting (sometimes with a hint of mint extract) for my devils food cake and then sprinkle the top or sides with lots of  mini chocolate chips (didn’t have any chocolate chips on hand, boo)  but a dark fudge frosting or gnache would work just as good. There is just something programmed in my southern brain that says a devils food cake MUST  have white frosting, but make what you wish mm-kay.

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Afterall, the cake is the star here. It’s full of that dark chocolate flavor that’s enhance by using coffee instead of water, as most from-scratch devils food cakes require. Don’t worry, you totally can’t taste the coffee. Also buttermilk gives it a rich flavor and crumb texture.

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Oh and don’t forget a tall glass of milk or ice water to wash it all down.

Watch me make this super moist and fluffy devils food cake from start to finish!

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Moist & Fluffy Devils Food Cake
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  • 2 cups cake flour or sifted all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • WHITE FROSTING (enough for 2 layer cake)
  • 4 cups confectioners suger
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 325
  2. In a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients.
  3. Add coffee, oil and buttermilk and mix until combined.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla and mix for another 2 minutes.
  5. Pour batter into two greased and floured 9-inch round baking pans.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Let cool in pans until warm and then remove from pans and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.
  8. While cakes are cooling prepare frosting by creaming butter with a mixer.
  9. Slowly add in powdered sugar until mixture is thick, creamy and well combined.
  10. Mix in heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract.
  11. Frost cooled cakes.
  12. Serve.
Be sure to grease AND flour cake pans to prevent sticking.




  1. cristina says

    i tried your red velvet super moist…i made my husband cake for his bday everyone love the cake…thank you so much…ill finally found the right recipe i been looking for…

  2. CarolleW says

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I tried it this weekend and it turned out even better than I imagined. Heaps of praises from everyone who tasted it. However I had trouble turning out this cake from my pan, it was so soft it literally broke into two. Could you tell me what I did wrong? Otherwise the taste was great

  3. DanielleH says

    I’m planning on making this for my mom’s birthday, and she absolutely detests coffee; can you taste the coffee in this recipe? Is there a way to bake the cake without including it?

    • Farheen says

      danielle, you cannot taste the coffee, it is just added to intensify the flavour of the coffee. you can omit coffee as well, won’t matter.

    • cindy says

      You can’t taste the coffee at all. It’s only to bring out the chocolate flavor, and it’s so good. I’m sure your mom would love it.

    • debra says

      you cannot taste the coffee at all… been making recipe like this for years all you taste is the chocolate i dont know what the coffee does exactly but my grandmother used it in several chocolate cake recipes and no detection of coffee flavor :) Im using this recipe to make a chocolate marshmallow cake for my moms bday…. kitchen aid seven minute frosting but with almond extract and i add almond extract to this as well :)

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