Ultimate Devil's Food Cake

Ultimate Devil's Food Cake

Though I don't know if I could claim this to be the ultimate chocolate cake, I certainly consider this the nicest devil's food cake I've ever made. Perfect for when only chocolate will do... so rich that you don't even need a filling – just coat with a luxurious layer of chocolate ganache, and try to forget about the calories...

Ingredients: 1 large cake (23 cm diameter)

For the cake
Unsalted butter
180 g
Caster sugar
385 g
Large eggs
Self-raising flour
225 g
Plain flour
75 g
Bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon
Cocoa powder
70 g
Instant coffee granules
3 teaspoons
Red food colouring
1/2 teaspoon
125 ml
Whole milk
125 ml
For the ganache
High-quality dark chocolate
300 g
Fresh cream
200-250 ml


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line a large, deep 23 cm cake tin.
2. (For the cake) Put the butter and sugar in a small bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
3. Transfer the mixture into a large bowl. Sift the flours into a separate bowl, then fold into the butter mixture. Then, fold in the bicarbonate of soda and cocoa powder. Combine the coffee granules, water, milk and food colouring, and fold into the mixture in 2 batches. Pour the batter into the prepared tin.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for approx. 45 minutes. Turn out and leave to cool on a wire rack.
5. (For the ganache) Melt the chocolate with the cream in a glass/metal bowl set over a pan of simmering water, taking care that the water doesn't boil or touch the bowl. Leave to cool in the fridge until it reaches a spreadable consistency, stirring occasionally. Usually takes about 15-20 minutes. Spread over the cake, and pour excess into a piping bag and use to decorate.
6. This is the same cake, with the decoration changed for my friend's birthday. He's a big fan of Jack Russell dogs, so I used a photograph to make stencils and transferred the image onto the cake using grated white, milk, and dark chocolate. Go ahead an try coming up with your own decorations!

Story Behind this Recipe

I was trying to find a recipe for a devil's food cake that could surpass a box-mix version that my family were crazy about... I think I succeeded!