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Devil’s Food Cake. What a perfectly named cake for Halloween! Although I’m pretty sure this wasn’t it’s original purpose, it certainly fits the bill. It’s rich and chocolatey, a little bit heavy, moist, and certainly delicious!
When we were developing this recipe, we wanted a darker chocolate flavor; so we used Dutch-process cocoa and a bit of espresso powder.
Although it makes an excellent dark chocolate cake, figuring out how to make something so simple look Halloween-y was the challenge. We looked around the kitchen and noticed we had some adorable little meringue ghosts and spiders, black modeling chocolate roses, and white chocolate tombstones! Let the decorating commence. Turns out, this cake looked adorable rather than spooky.
With batter left and needing something a little more Halloween, we dug around the kitchen and found our lovely little tombstone cake pan. We threw those into the oven, let them cool and piped the designs with white chocolate! These looked a little more Halloween but not any less cute than the original cake! Halloween doesn’t always need scary treats.
Devil’s Food Cake
Developed specifically for our Halloween festivities, our Devil’s Food Cake is rich and chocolatey with a bit of a kick from espresso powder.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: about 5 cups batter 1x
- Category: Cakes
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
2–1/2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa
1–1/2 tsp. espresso powder
2 cups sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
3 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup milk
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups butter (softened)
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Grease and flour pans. (We use Baker’s Joy.)
- Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl.
- Stir in liquid ingredients.
- Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
- Pour into prepared pans.
- Bake for about 25 minutes, or until it tests done. (Baking time will vary based on the pans you use.)
- In mixer bowl, cream the butter.
- Mix in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time.
- Stir in vanilla.
- Add cream, to desired consistency.
- Beat until light and fluffy.
Adjust amount of cream for desired consistency.