~Devil’s food cake~

        I was looking for a nice chocolate cake recipe to bake on my hubby’s birthday and I had bookmarked so many of them and finally shortlisted  two of them- one was this and the other was a chocolate mud cake. Finally I settled on devil’s food cake after a lot of confusion as both of them looked just awesome. Anyway,I will make the mud cake next time!!According to wiki, the devil’s cake is a moist ,airy rich chocolate layer cake. Usually cocoa powder is used instead of melted chocolate and is always paired with a chocolate frosting. It also generally uses bicarbonate of soda.

        I found the recipe in small cake book I had randomly picked up when I had gone to buy some books for my kid. The cake recipes in it are amazing and so very doable.

       The cake was definitely good. I make so many varieties of cake, but the chocolate ones are always a instant hit especially with my kid. He just loves them so much. I do plan to make many of them, but I do need a excuse for it…right??!!

Recipe source- Classic esssential cakes( Periplus mini cookbooks.)


  • Course: Dessert
  • Cooking Technique: Baking
  • Preparation Time: 15 mins
  • Cooking Time: 60 mins


1 cup Plain flour/maida
1 cup Self raising flour
1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
2/3 cup Cocoa powder
1 1/4 cup Castor sugar- (I used fine granulated sugar)
125 g Butter
1 cup Milk
1 cup Sour cream- (I used buttermilk- see notes)
3 Eggs- lightly beaten
a tsp of a cup of 10 Notes – Unfortunately, I did not find sour cream in the super market on that particular day. I then browsed for a substitute and found that buttermilk is the best substitute for this. But the sour cream does not only give a nice texture , but also a certain tang to the cake. So I added vinegar to milk and let it stand for minutes till it curdled and used this as a sour cream substitute.


  1.   Preheat oven at 180c. Brush a deep 20cm round cake pan with oill or melted butter. Sift flours,soda, and cocoa powder into a large mixing bowl. Add sugar,butter, milk and sour cream(buttermilk here). Beat for 1 minute at medium speed untill combined.
  2.        Add eggs ,increase speed to high and beat for 4 minutes until smooth and creamy. Pour into prepared tin and bake for 1 hour or a skewer comes out clean when inserted in the center. Remove cake from oven and leave it in the tin till it cools completely. Turn it on a wire rack.

Icing- Chocolate buttercream frosting.


1 oz Semi sweet dark chocolate squares- 3 squares each weighing .
125 gm Butter- ( at room temperature.)
3 cups Icing sugar


  1.     Melt the chocolate squares in a microwave. Cut the butter in small squares and add it to the melted chocolate. Keep stirring this to form a uniform suspension. Now add the icing sugar slowly to the above mixture mixing it simultaneously till it forms a thick paste. Add a few drops of milk if the frosting is too thick.
  2.    Store in refrigerator till use. Cut the cake horizontally in the center with a serrated knife. Apply some frosting on the top.Place the other half on the top. Apply the frosting all over the cake. Decorate as you wish.

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  1. Ms.Chitchat

    Wow, cake looks so moist and spongy,an instant hit :):)

  2. jeyashrisuresh

    beautifully made cake, looks delicious

  3. Oh My., First belated birthday wishes for your DH and what an amazing texture. love it.Event: Let’s Cook – School Break Time Snacks

  4. notyet100

    Cake looks so good with the frosting 🙂

  5. Valarmathi

    Beautiful cake…looks absolutely delicious.

  6. Prathibha

    such a delicious looking cake..looks yummy

  7. Beautiful cake with an equal beautiful frosting. Chocolate cakes r always yum.

  8. Belated birthday wishes to your hubby. He must have enjoyed every bit of the cake you made & he might have been proud of you.

  9. Belated wishes to your hubby ..hope you guys had great day ..cake looks delish

  10. nice height and layers – beautifully done.

  11. Jayashree

    Both the cake and the frosting look good.

  12. Krithi Karthi

    So perfectly done… great cake for celebration!!http://krithiskitchen.blogspot.comEvent: Serve It – Grilled/Barbequed/Tandoored


    I am tempted too muchand craving for chocolate cake now! It looks superb!

  14. Very well done cake…looks YUM!

  15. Cake and the frosting looks good. The cake slice looks moist and spongy.

  16. Santosh Bangar

    wow soft and delicious with soperb frosting1st time here happy to follow to u and hpoe for the same

  17. My fav ~ love that thick butter cream icing! YUM!US Masala

  18. Uma Ramanujam

    Simply I am loving it. Nice to see your blog.cheers,Umahttp://umaskitchenexperiments.blogspot.com/

  19. Gopika Ram Nambiar

    Woww.. this is one of my fav cakes dear.. Looks so delicious.. Cant wait to have a piece 😀

  20. Wow Sowmya, this looks awesome ! Just loved it 🙂


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