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


  • 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


  1. Sift flour, salt, and baking soda together.
  2. Cream shortening/butter and add sugar gradually. Cream until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, beat well; add melted chocolate and vanilla and beat until thoroughly combined.
  4. Alternately add buttermilk with flour mixture. Beat until smooth.
  5. Divide batter evenly between 2 eight inch, greased and floured cake pans, (I like to dust my pans with unsweetened cocoa powder).
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes or until tests done with toothpick.
  7. Cool 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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