This classic red devil's food cake recipe is similar to red velvet cake. The cake is made with buttermilk and a small amount of red food coloring. It's an easy cake to prepare, and it comes out moist and delicious every time. Use the included vanilla frosting or use a purchased frosting.
The cake may be baked in a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan as well. The rectangular cake might take a few minutes longer to bake.
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1/2 cup hot melted shortening
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon liquid red food coloring
- 2 tablespoons hot brewed coffee
- 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 8 1/2 ounces
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 scant teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup sour milk or buttermilk*
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Vanilla Frosting:
- 3 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
- Heat the oven to 350° F (180° C/Gas 4).
- Grease and flour two 8-inch round cake pans.
- Sift together granulated sugar and cocoa powder.
- In mixing bowl, blend the sugar and cocoa with melted shortening. Add beaten eggs; stir to mix well. Blend in hot coffee and food coloring.
- Combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder; blend well.
- In a cup, combine the sour milk or buttermilk and the 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
- Add the flour mixture to the first mixture, alternating with the sour milk or buttermilk and vanilla.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared cake pans and spread evenly. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool the cakes in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Remove the cakes to racks to cool completely.
- Spread some frosting on one of the rounds. Place the other round on top of the first round and then frost the top and sides of the cake.
- In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on low speed, combine the confectioners' sugar, butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla. Increase the mixer to medium speed and beat in 1 tablespoon of milk. Add more milk, as needed, to make a creamy, spreadable frosting.
- *To sour milk, put 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a 1-cup liquid measuring cup. Fill it to the 1-cup mark with milk. Let it stand for about 5 minutes.
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|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||14 g|
|Saturated Fat||6 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||6 g|
|Dietary Fiber||1 g|