Grandma's Devil's Food Cake

Grandma's Devil's Food Cake Recipe

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Debora Hotard


This recipe was passed down to my mother from her mother-in-law, my grandmother. Devil's food cake has always been my favorite cake and this is the one that I fell in love with as a child. Now I have inherited the recipe from my mom who passed away 4 years ago. Of course, my grandmother's recipe used lard in her cake, my mom used vegetable shortening; but I prefer to use softened butter, but have also made it with coconut oil which was very good as well. Whatever shortening you decide to use, it is a cake that is delicious. I also like to frost with different icings depending on my mood.

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Makes 2 8-inch layers about 1 3/4 inches deep
35 Min
30 Min


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13/4 c
sifted cake flour
1/2 tsp
1 tsp
baking soda
1/2 c
2 large
eggs, at room temperature
4 oz
melted chocolate squares, unsweet
1 tsp
pure vanilla extract
1 c

How to Make Grandma's Devil's Food Cake


  • 1Sift flour, salt, and baking soda together.
  • 2Cream shortening/butter and add sugar gradually. Cream until light and fluffy.
  • 3Add eggs, beat well; add melted chocolate and vanilla and beat until thoroughly combined.
  • 4Alternately add buttermilk with flour mixture. Beat until smooth.
  • 5Divide batter evenly between 2 eight inch, greased and floured cake pans, (I like to dust my pans with unsweetened cocoa powder).
  • 6Bake at 375 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes or until tests done with toothpick.
  • 7Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Then remove from pans and cool on wire racks until completely cooled. Frost with your favorite frosting. My favorites are: Seven minute frosting or Fudge Frosting.

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About Grandma's Devil's Food Cake

Course/Dish: Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Hashtag: #cake

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