Recipe courtesy of Dan Langan

Devil's Food Cake

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 3 hr 5 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 1 hr 15 min
  • Yield: 14 servings
Share This Recipe

Ingredients

Devil's Food Cake:

1 cup very hot water (8 fluid ounces)

2 ounces semisweet baking chocolate, finely chopped 

1 tablespoon instant coffee powder 

400 grams (14.1 ounces) granulated sugar 

100 grams (3.5 ounces) Dutch process cocoa powder 

220 grams (7.75 ounces) all-purpose flour 

1/2 tablespoon baking soda 

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder 

3/4 teaspoon salt 

8 ounces buttermilk 

4 1/2 fluid ounces vegetable oil 

2 large eggs 

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 

Peanut Butter Buttercream:

4 sticks (2 cups) unsalted butter, softened

28 ounces sifted confectioners' sugar 

3 tablespoons milk, plus teaspoons for thinning as needed

2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

Pinch of salt 

3/4 cup creamy natural-style peanut butter 

Directions

Special equipment:
three 8-inch-round cake pans
  1. For the devil's food cake: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease three 8-inch-round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the hot water, chocolate and coffee powder and whisk to dissolve. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
  3. Sift the granulated sugar, cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add the buttermilk and oil to the chocolate mixture. Add the chocolate mixture, eggs and vanilla to the bowl with the dry ingredients. Beat with an electric mixer on low until the dry ingredients are moistened, about 30 seconds. Give the bowl a scrape with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat the batter for 2 minutes.
  4. Divide the batter equally among the 3 prepared pans, about 1 pound of batter per pan.
  5. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out almost clean, 25 to 35 minutes. Cool in the pans for 12 minutes, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely. Wrap the cake layers in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour before assembling.
  6. For the peanut butter buttercream: Beat the butter in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed until it is glossy and creamy, 5 to 7 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to low. Working in batches, slowly add the confectioners' sugar, allowing each addition to be incorporated. Once all the confectioners' sugar has been added, scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula and then beat the mixture on medium speed until no lumps remain and the mixture is smooth and thick, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the milk, vanilla and salt and mix on low speed to combine. Give the bowl and the paddle another scrape, then increase the mixer speed to medium and beat for about 5 minutes. Add the peanut butter and beat until combined. If the icing appears to be too thick, thin it by adding more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time.
  7. To assemble the cake: Place one of your refrigerated cake layers on a cake circle or serving dish and spread about 1 cup of peanut butter buttercream evenly across the cake. Place a second layer on top, press down slightly and spread another 1 cup buttercream evenly over the top of the cake. Top with the third layer. Give the cake a crumb coat by placing a large dollop of buttercream on top of the cake and spreading it to the edges of the cake and down the sides to seal in any crumbs. Refrigerate the 3-layer cake for about 20 minutes. Use the remaining buttercream to frost the top and sides of the cake.

Fudge Factor

Over-the-Top-Delicious Treats to Satisfy Your Food Obsession

Are you infatuated with ice cream? Do you lust over lobster? Swoon at the sight of chocolate? Here's the best recipe for each food …

Review: Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert's Chocolate Bar Nov 16, 2012

Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert have teamed up with master chocolatier Christopher Curtin to create the "Good & Evil" chocolate b …

Sifted: Plan-Ahead Valentine's Day Desserts Feb 6, 2013

By: Lauren Miyashiro

Get our take on the best in food news, recipes and more from around the web, including the best Valentine's Day recipes.

The Craziest Chocolate Creations for American Chocolate Week Mar 17, 2013

It’s officially American Chocolate Week. Check out photos of mind-blowing chocolate creations.

Train Frontman Pat Monahan's Dark Chocolate Obsession Feb 11, 2013

By: Cameron Curtis

Train frontman Pat Monahan, an avid chocolate lover, shared with us his top five reasons for eating dark chocolate.

Chocolate Desserts

Indulge in our decadent chocolate desserts, from cookies and cakes to puddings, souffles and truffles.

How to Chop and Melt Chocolate

Lots of recipes call for melted chocolate. Follow these step-by-step instructions to do it properly.

Essentials: Chocolate Basics Sep 1, 2016

Satisfy that chocolate craving in your very own kitchen. All you need is baking chocolate and a little know-how. It also helps to …