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The Best Devil’s Food Cake Recipe with Sour Cream Frosting
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4 from 6 votes

The Best Devil's Food Cake

This cake is super moist and rich in chocolate flavor. Easily our favorite chocolate cake.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cake, chocolate dessert, easy cake recipe
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 321kcal
Author: Eden


  • 6 ounces water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cup refined sugar
  • 6 ounces buttermilk
  • 4 1/2 ounces vegetable oil
  • 3 large organic eggs
  • 1 1/8 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Boil the water in a sauce pan. Move from heat, add in cocoa powder whisking with a hand whisk constantly until the cocoa is melted. You might need to put it back in the burner for a minute. It's easy to burn, so watch closely. Remove from heat and set aside. 
  • Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda, sugar) in a mixing bowl.
  • Add liquid ingredients (eggs, oil, buttermilk) into a separate bowl. I add them in a liquid measuring cup.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry while mixer is on medium. Mix until combined. 
  • Scrape in the melted chocolate and mix until combined.
  • Pour the batter evenly into two oiled 8 inch round cake pans. Line with parchment paper if you want.
  • Bake in a 325 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until the cake is not jiggly in the center. 
  • Let the cakes cool while you make the chocolate frosting. 


Serving: 0g | Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 499mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1.5mg