How to Make The BEST Devil's Food Cake!

  • Published on May 18, 2016
  • Learn to bake a classic devil's food cake with Anna. Click on 'SHOW MORE' below for recipe ingredients and baking instructions.
    Makes a 2-layer, 8-inch cake.
    Devil's Food Cake ingredients:
    1 ½ cup (195 g) cake and pastry flour
    1 ⅓ cup (295 g) superfine (quick dissolve) sugar
    ½ cup (60 g) Dutch process cocoa powder
    ¾ tsp (4 g) baking soda
    ¼ tsp (2 g) salt
    ½ cup (115 g) cool, unsalted butter, cut into pieces
    ½ cup (125 ml) hot, strong brewed coffee
    ½ cup (125 ml) milk
    1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract
    2 large large eggs, room temperature
    Ingredients for the Fudge Frosting:
    12 oz (340 g) semisweet chocolate, chopped
    1 ¾ (425 ml) cup whipping cream
    ½ cup (125 ml) sour cream
    ½ (3 ml) tsp vanilla extract
    1 pinch salt
    Baking Directions for the Cake:
    1. For the cake, preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Grease 2 8-inch cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment. Dust the sides of the pans with flour, tapping out any excess flour.
    2. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt into a large mixing bowl or into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter cutting it in (if in a large bowl, use electric beaters) until the mixture is a fine crumble (like the texture of fine breadcrumbs) and no large pieces of butter are visible.
    3. Stir the hot coffee, milk and vanilla together and add it all at once to the flour mixture, blending until smooth. Break the eggs into a small dish and stir them with a fork and then add them to the batter, again blending on medium speed just until smooth (the batter will be very fluid). Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and tap them on the counter to eliminate any bubbles.
    4. Bake the cakes for about 30 minutes, until a tester inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool the cakes for 20 minutes in their pans, then tip out onto a cooling rack to cool completely to room temperature. The cakes can be baked a day ahead, wrapped and stored at room temperature before frosting.
    Directions for the Fudge Frosting
    1. For the frosting, place the chocolate and cream in a metal bowl and place it over a pot of barely simmering water. Stir the chocolate and cream occasionally and gently until all the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk in the sour cream, vanilla and salt. Let the mixture cool completely to room temperature, stir occasionally (you can chill the mixture for just a few minutes to start it setting, then let it continue to cool naturally at room temperature). Once cooled to a thicker consistency, whisk by hand to thicken just until spreadable consistency (do not whip vigorously or with electric beaters).
    2. Place the first cake layers on your serving plate and, if needed, trim the cake to level it. Spread a generous layer of the frosting over the top of the cake. Trim the second cake, if needed and place this on top of the first cake layer. Spread frosting over the top and then the sides of the cake, using swirling motion with your spatula to create a nice design. Chill the cake for at least 2 hours, or until ready to serve.
    3. The cake will keep, refrigerated, for up to 3 days.

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Comments • 511

  • Oh Yum with Anna Olson

    Thanks to all of you for watching and subscribing! Seeing a lot of Spanish fans! For those there's a channel called Cocina with Spanish versions of videos from this channel ➤ Cocina Baking :

    • sassy
      sassy 16 days ago

      Oh Yum with Anna Olson looks so good!!! Wish I had a few slices. I’m going to try this cake very soon. And it seems easier than the chocolate cakes I usually make and especially the powdered sugar frosting

    • nolies notruth
      nolies notruth 3 months ago

      What if i dont hv pastry flour can we use all purpose flour?

    • anna sami
      anna sami 4 months ago +2

      Oh Yum with Anna Olson today is my birthday i will try this cake at home yummyyyy

    • Katerina
      Katerina 5 months ago

      Anna, I have cake flour and pastry flour. How many I need to take of each flour to mix it? Or can I use only cake flour?

    • mk afskhan
      mk afskhan 6 months ago

      can I make my fudge frosting with out sour cream

  • Bethlehem Eisenhour
    Bethlehem Eisenhour 4 days ago +1

    I don't make anything called, devil

  • 1234 5678
    1234 5678 5 days ago

    The best

  • Izabela-Maria Catiru

    Amazing recipe! Made it a couple of times. I would like to make a triple layered cake. Is it ok to just increase the ingredients accordingly or is it best to stick to 2 layers? Thanks :)

  • Aaliya Shaikh
    Aaliya Shaikh 15 days ago +5

    Tried this recipe and its the best chocolate cake I have ever made. And your choclate chip cookies is a crowd pleasure, it made me really popular amongst the younger lot of cousins😊
    Thanks a lot.

  • Rahath Parveen
    Rahath Parveen 15 days ago

    Any alternative for someone who does not have the food processor?

  • sassy
    sassy 16 days ago

    Can I use instant coffee? I don’t have a coffee maker

  • Devika Devika
    Devika Devika 16 days ago

    Anna iam impresed for your cooking style like very much

  • Rehan Riwzan
    Rehan Riwzan 19 days ago

    Can I use self-raising flour?

  • Mike Ivy
    Mike Ivy 21 day ago

    U make this so yummy...such talent...I always have trouble with the sides so I end up just making a sheet

  • Maliha Fazal
    Maliha Fazal Month ago +1

    She makes it look so easy 😂 😂

  • James Dietrich
    James Dietrich Month ago +2

    you have a very soothing voice. I love chocolate. YOU make it much more interesting. Your Speaking voice is amazing gift. Thanks. I am going to make this one...

  • SinisterMinister
    SinisterMinister Month ago +2

    thank god for metric measurements in the description!

  • King Dededinkleberg

    way too much frosting wtf

  • XiaoBen Yuan
    XiaoBen Yuan Month ago

    Aweeeee, I cant believe you didn’t cut the cake

  • kristhoper luke mcfadden

    That looks good.

  • Hodgepodge Buhgodge
    Hodgepodge Buhgodge Month ago +3

    You cover your flaws with icing

  • Sylvia Etil
    Sylvia Etil Month ago

    You are god baking cake please go to contest you are god for baking cake

  • Jan Adriaan van der Walt

    Anna have you heard of cake strips. It is a fabric or kitchen towel and foil strip one use to wrap around the outside of the cake tin while it bakes to prevent it from "dome-ing" what do you think of them and would you use them like ever?

  • Fatima Janjua
    Fatima Janjua 2 months ago

    her kitchen is goal 😂

  • James Toyo
    James Toyo 2 months ago

    i looks so good

  • Inka tantowie
    Inka tantowie 2 months ago

    How to make it flat?

  • Make my day
    Make my day 2 months ago

    Hi Anna, i'm wondering if this chocolate frosting would harmony with a strawberry cloud filling?
    I'm gonna make a two tierd wedding cake with strawberry and chocolate. Your frosting looks absolutely amazing.

  • Milissa Ramlakhan
    Milissa Ramlakhan 2 months ago +1

    Anna, your voice is so soothing. love watching all your videos, especially the cakes! Thank you for sharing your gift with the world.

  • Samir C. Cat
    Samir C. Cat 2 months ago

    Can cake flour be substituted to wheat flour? Can the superfine sugar be replaced with powdered sugar (that I weigh)? Can you freeze this cake? There is no way my mom on a diet, my cat that can't eat chocolate and me can eat it in 3 days, haha... But to have pieces in the freezer to take out when you're too lazy to bake would be PERFECT!

  • StoryShift Chara
    StoryShift Chara 2 months ago

    Please bake som hot cake

  • pradnya walinjkar
    pradnya walinjkar 2 months ago

    Can you show sugar free cake recipe both chocolate and vanilla?

  • Handy Mo
    Handy Mo 2 months ago +1

    مافي حد يعمل الخير ويترجم لام العربية 😊

  • Sara Lali
    Sara Lali 2 months ago +2

    This is the beeeeest devils food cake that i've ever made
    Thanks anna

  • Tahmina akter
    Tahmina akter 2 months ago

    Anna the method you used is reverse creaming method and I heard it makes cakes dense but your one looks airy and moist so can I use your one if I want a moist and not too dense cake🧓

  • steemdup
    steemdup 2 months ago +1

    cake and pastry flour? I thought cake flour was pastry flour :/

  • IncendioNox
    IncendioNox 2 months ago

    If I wanted the icing a bit thicker, do I just cut back on the heavy cream?

    DIVINYA BANERJEE 1612134 2 months ago +1

    Do you have a factory?

  • Mariana Mara
    Mariana Mara 2 months ago +1

    Multumesc !!! Minunat!!!!Felicitari!!!!

  • Birodalom1
    Birodalom1 2 months ago +2

    This thing is not just a Devil's Food Cake. It's the Devil itself!

  • Elizabeth Houk
    Elizabeth Houk 2 months ago +1

    You make it look so easy + yummy.....just slow down when your talking, it would help 😉

  • Mike Holly
    Mike Holly 2 months ago +1

    Sour cream is unprofessional is does nothing but take away flavor

  • Ruby Manalastas
    Ruby Manalastas 2 months ago

    if we dont have sour cream what should be the alternative for it? Thankyou

    • ann ong
      ann ong 2 months ago

      Use yogurt for substitute

  • Never Stop Asking
    Never Stop Asking 2 months ago +4

    I've made this cake so many times I dont need the recipe anymore.
    If you are a chocolate cake lover this is a MUST HAVE recipe. It is spot on every time 😋

    • Tobiloba Ojemuyiwa
      Tobiloba Ojemuyiwa 18 days ago

      @Oh Yum with Anna Olson what's the difference between this and the recipes that call for oil instead? Cos that's the one I'm familiar with... Also, there's another video where you added melted chocolate, so which is the best or moistest?🤭💁

    • Bernadette Villoria
      Bernadette Villoria 2 months ago

      The inside of my cake is still raw. Baking it a little longer, and hoping it ends well.

    • Oh Yum with Anna Olson
      Oh Yum with Anna Olson  2 months ago +1

      This is amazing to hear! Thank you for the support!

  • Sou amy
    Sou amy 3 months ago +2

    Plz give us the ingredients in Grams... if anyone can help plz do ♥

    • Sou amy
      Sou amy 3 months ago +1

      @Oh Yum with Anna Olson thank you so much.. it will be wonderful to have all of your channel's recipes in standard units ♥

    • Oh Yum with Anna Olson
      Oh Yum with Anna Olson  3 months ago +2

      We are in the process of updating all of our recipes so they have measurements in standard units. It's a slow process, but we will get there!

  • Jody Dimatulac
    Jody Dimatulac 3 months ago

    Hi.. Chef Anna.. Instead of sour cream can I use vegetables shorting.. Thank u.. Filipino fan here... 😊🙏❤️

  • Big Money's Life
    Big Money's Life 3 months ago +2

    Is it just me, or is that the PRETTIEST frosting I've ever seen?

  • Saddy Leader
    Saddy Leader 3 months ago

    Hello Anna. Please upload vanilla cake , Butterscotch and normal sponge cakes videos .

  • Shikha Visaria
    Shikha Visaria 3 months ago

    Any substitute for eggs?

  • Saddy Leader
    Saddy Leader 3 months ago

    Hello chef . Can we use all purpose flour instead of cake /pastry flour ? Pls reply

  • Marks10101
    Marks10101 3 months ago

    Sour cream recipe ? Thanks

  • Sugar&spice P
    Sugar&spice P 3 months ago +1

    You can tell how passionate she is about this. Glad i discovered your channel

  • Josh Creator GALAXY
    Josh Creator GALAXY 3 months ago +1

    Is that Cake is really made from the Devils!!!???🎂😈

  • Thandeka Hadebe
    Thandeka Hadebe 3 months ago +1

    Oh Anna Olson I really wish I meet u . u have shown me a future with your amazing work and soon I'll be just like u. I am still a teenager but my time will come to be just like u. I love u so much💝💖

  • Teto Kasane
    Teto Kasane 3 months ago +1

    リリィ りりぃ Lily

  • Shahla Rizwan
    Shahla Rizwan 3 months ago

    Plz make mini Dutch pancakes

  • jt anne
    jt anne 3 months ago

    can i use salted butter instead? i'm out of the unsalted one

    • Oh Yum with Anna Olson
      Oh Yum with Anna Olson  3 months ago

      You can always use salted butter, but you have to lower the amount of extra salt you put into the batter. Unsalted is generally preferred because it allows you to control the over all saltiness of a dish, but salted butter works in a pinch!

  • Marcelo Quiroga
    Marcelo Quiroga 3 months ago

    That frosting looks amazing. It'd be more amazing if you put the measures in grams. That'd be great and easier. Thanks

  • vSha Ban
    vSha Ban 3 months ago +4

    Hi Anna... I would like to have a tutorial on the different kinds of chocolate.... Tempering process.... Difference between compound chocolate n couverture chocolate.. Can compound chocolate be used for making ganache or mousse..or is it meant only for decorations... Pls reply...

  • hanatakizawa
    hanatakizawa 3 months ago

    This is a stupid recipe that didn't work. My ganache did not harden as told. Ends up needed to add more chocolate and still end up runny. Ratio is totally off

  • Madiha Imran
    Madiha Imran 3 months ago

    What is sour cream? Ifvit is not available then what can i add in replace of this cream?

  • عروس البحر
    عروس البحر 3 months ago

    اذا ممكن ترجمه بلعربي

  • fleur de lys
    fleur de lys 4 months ago

    can i have the ingredients in grams 😥😥 really want to try it but in my country we dnt use the cup thing !!

  • Ahmad Swag
    Ahmad Swag 4 months ago +2

    So trying this

  • Sharvin Murugan
    Sharvin Murugan 4 months ago +2

    Best cake

  • Teto Kasane
    Teto Kasane 4 months ago


  • Amro Abukhdair
    Amro Abukhdair 4 months ago

    what kind of chocolate should i use in the frosting, do you recommend using 70%cocoa lindt chocolate or is it too dark? Please answer😊😊

  • Sha Amos
    Sha Amos 4 months ago +2

    Made this cake and was an absolute hit! Definitely making again thanks Anna and greetings from PNG

  • Jiju V S
    Jiju V S 4 months ago

    can you show a video about making crispy chicken and cheesy burger.

  • chari zard
    chari zard 4 months ago +1

    can i remove coffe

  • Avo Garabedian
    Avo Garabedian 4 months ago

    243 people disliked this video, WHAT ARE THEY THINKING???

  • Karen Aleksanian
    Karen Aleksanian 4 months ago +1

    I tried my fudge was so liquidy unfortunately.

  • mako raptor
    mako raptor 4 months ago

    0:55 to 1:00 is the most satisfying thing I have ever seen

  • cherry noble
    cherry noble 5 months ago

    hi hi, love the video, very clear. btw, if i dont have oven, is steaming option will be using the same ingredients?

  • Mike Ivy
    Mike Ivy 5 months ago +1

    My wife wants this for her birthday...I will have to let u know how it turns out...thank u...

  • Mali Arriaga
    Mali Arriaga 5 months ago

    Anna thank you so much, I am not a baker, but your videos are so very well explained, that so easy to bake!
    Best wishes from México !

  • mahwish shabbir
    mahwish shabbir 5 months ago

    Hey!! How much is 1 cup butter in grams?

  • Abeeha Hussain
    Abeeha Hussain 5 months ago

    Hi Anna and team just wanted to ask you what percent of cocoa solids are in semi sweet chocolate? Here in the Uk its dark milk and white are common in the supermarkets. I want to try this recipe. Thank you

  • Jovetj
    Jovetj 5 months ago +2

    *NEVER* use "Dutch process" cocoa! That process removes all the healthy chemicals and nutrients in the chocolate!
    Edit: Don't grease the sides of the pan, either. Christ.

  • Raja Rb
    Raja Rb 5 months ago

    I don't want to cook this I want it off my cellphone screen it's 4 in the morning and I'm checking food chanels😩

  • Usha Valiveti
    Usha Valiveti 5 months ago

    Just luv her kitchen 😀

  • C Demoiselle
    C Demoiselle 5 months ago +3

    Ana thanx a lot for all ur videos, I really wish that were my neighbor!!!!

  • oliver smith
    oliver smith 5 months ago +1

    Ur cake and you are beautiful 😘😘😘

  • Kelly Gervais
    Kelly Gervais 5 months ago +1

    Always the best recipes Anna...

  • Gulay Sarac
    Gulay Sarac 6 months ago

    Is this 180* Celsius fan forced or non-fan forced oven please?
    Thank you!

    • Wania Basharat
      Wania Basharat 2 months ago

      Gulay Sarac non fan because you can’t bake a cake in fan forced oven

  • maoreene estrada
    maoreene estrada 6 months ago

    Hi chef anna! May I ask for the cake and pastry flour, it says 1 1/2 does it mean combination of cake and pastry flour? Or 1 1/2 cup of cake and 1 1/2 cup of padtry flour? Thanks a lot in advance for the feedback. I am planning to make this recipe this holidays. Much love! I and my auntie is your avid fans here in the philippines! 🤗💖

  • Xhesi Vreto
    Xhesi Vreto 6 months ago

    Can i use regular cocoa instead of dutch process? Thank you!

  • Angela Wheeler
    Angela Wheeler 6 months ago +1

    Looks delicious and tasty

  • Avni Samuel
    Avni Samuel 6 months ago +2

    You deserve waayyyy more subscribers than you have

  • Iyra Dyanie
    Iyra Dyanie 6 months ago

    Huhu we don't have all the ingredients here in our country :'(

  • Rand Odeh
    Rand Odeh 7 months ago

    Chef @anna what if i have 1 8 inch round pan what should i do?

  • Arai Salim
    Arai Salim 7 months ago +1

    Thank You Anna so much for Your recipes, You are my favorite pastry chef ! The more videos you make; the more cakes I want to make ! Thank you so much! You inspire us to make these tasty culinary masterpieces ! ✌️👌👍👏👏👏😁😁😁😘😘😘

  • nika sarmiento
    nika sarmiento 7 months ago

    I started baking just a month ago. And im trying this out now. Whats difficult for me is the measurements, my measuring cup seems different. My 1 cup is 250 ml, 1/2 is 125 ml.

  • Helen Simpson
    Helen Simpson 7 months ago

    Model afrikase

  • Kristine Ira Cruz
    Kristine Ira Cruz 7 months ago +2

    Hi. Can i use instant coffee powder instead of brewed coffee?

  • Charlene Sanders
    Charlene Sanders 7 months ago

    How come you are not very strict about the process of measuring. You appear to be doing estimates?

  • mattithephantom
    mattithephantom 7 months ago +3

    Wow, devil’s food cake and 666k views. Awesome 🤘🏼

  • FayOfficial
    FayOfficial 7 months ago +2

    Thank you Anna I made this cake minutes ago and it turned out AMAZING😋💗💗💗💗

  • Daniela Sandoval
    Daniela Sandoval 7 months ago

    Por favor los ingredientes en gramos

  • warda wahida
    warda wahida 7 months ago +1

    Made this it was superb!!!!

  • Ruby Francisco
    Ruby Francisco 7 months ago

    This recipe is wonderfull!...can I make this recipe in one mold only?

  • Karl Delavigne
    Karl Delavigne 7 months ago

    Interesting method for combining the ingredients. It would be interesting to know whether there is any difference in texture from the traditional creaming method.

  • Team G&A
    Team G&A 7 months ago

    Are you using heavy whipping cream ? Sorry I'm new to bake and I want to try your chocolate recipe for the first time.

  • Nina rica Ortiz
    Nina rica Ortiz 7 months ago

    What brand of chocolate chips did you use?

  • Nina rica Ortiz
    Nina rica Ortiz 7 months ago

    What brand of chocolate chip did you use?