The Very Best Devil's Food Cake

Our family loves chocolate cake. With six birthdays over the course of the year, and three of those in March, we make a lot of cakes. I admit, I used to just pick up a box of pre-packaged cake mix and whip up a mediocre cake that everyone was pleased to eat, but that never made me feel good. And really, it didn't taste spectacular, either. 

There's just something that makes me feel like a 1950s mom when I mix up a cake from scratch for my special people. Picture me in a dress, heels, pearls around my neck, hair done, and a huge smile on my lipstick covered mouth. Because that is exactly what I look like every time I make this cake (wink wink). Seriously, this recipe is the bomb, and I am sharing it with you today. (Scroll past the pics for the full recipe)

Gather your ingredients and put them close to each other so they can get acquainted.

Mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. 

Cream the butter first, then add sugar, 1/4 cup at a time

Cream the butter first, then add sugar, 1/4 cup at a time

Add eggs one at a time.

Add eggs one at a time.

Have a cute little helper add the vanilla.

Alternate between adding the dry ingredients and the milk until fully combined.

Mix a little more until it is as beautiful as mine.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30-40 minutes.

Cool, decorate, and enjoy!

Better Homes and Gardens Devil's Food Cake

  • 3/4 cup of butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups milk

Step 1: Allow butter and eggs to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Grease and lightly flour bottom of pan(s). (I also lined mine with parchment paper) Set pan(s) aside. In a medium bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside. 

Step 2: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, beating on medium speed until well combined. Scrape sides of bowl; beat 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Beat on medium to high speed for 20 seconds more. Spread into prepared pan(s). 

Step 3: Bake for 30-40 minutes for 8" pans and 13" x 9" pan, 30-35 minutes for 9" pans, or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool cake layers in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove layers from pans. Cool thoroughly on racks. Frost with desired frosting.