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A very easy and incredibly delicious devil's food cake. This super moist cake with a creamy and intensely chocolate frosting will make you forget all about cake mixes!

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Servings: 8 servings


Cost per serving $1.15 view details
  • Cake
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour (I used 7 ounces of cake flour)
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (2.5 ounces)
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Frosting
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (1.5 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup (about) sour cream
  • Recipe from Bon Appetit via


  1. For Cake
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 8-inch-diameter cake pans with 1 1/2-inch-high sides. Whisk first 5 ingredients in large bowl to blend. Sift in flour, cocoa and baking soda. Stir to combine. Divide batter between prepared pans (I am anal enough that I actually weighed the batter first (30 ounces) and divided it equally between the two pans so they would bake evenly). Bake until toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean, about 25 minutes (on convection bake, mine were done in 20 minutes). Cool in pans on racks 10 minutes. Turn cakes out onto racks and cool completely. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Wrap cakes separately in plastic wrap and store at room temperature.)
  3. Place 1 cake layer on plate. Spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Top with second cake layer. Spread top and sides of cake with remaining frosting. (Can be prepared up to 8 hours ahead. Cover with cake dome and let stand at room temperature.)
  4. For Frosting:
  5. Melt unsalted butter and chocolate in heavy small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. Transfer to large bowl. Whisk in cocoa powder and vanilla. Whisk in 1 cup sugar and 1/3 cup sour cream. Whisk in remaining 1 cup sugar. Gradually whisk in enough of remaining sour cream to form spreadable frosting.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 184g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 717  
Calories from Fat 319 44%
Total Fat 36.32g 45%
Saturated Fat 11.56g 46%
Trans Fat 0.47g  
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 368mg 15%
Potassium 159mg 5%
Total Carbs 94.22g 25%
Dietary Fiber 3.5g 12%
Sugars 63.82g 43%
Protein 7.82g 13%




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