Devil’s Food Cake

  • Author: Kavitha
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1, 8 inch cake 1x


For the Chocolate Cake

  • 1/3 cup Plain Yogurt (or thick curd)
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Instant Coffee Powder / Brewed Coffee
  • 1 All Purpose flour (plain flour)
  • a pinch of Salt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened Cocoa Powder (adjust depending on how dark you want the cake to be)

For the Coffee Chocolate Frosting

  • 1/2 cup (100 ml) Cream
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 3/4 cup (125 grams) Dark Chocolate, chopped (you can also use milk chocolate)
  • 1 tablespoon Instant Coffee Powder / Brewed Coffee

Others – optional

  • Chocolate Chips, for decoration
  • Sugar Syrup / Brewed Coffee


For the cake

  1. Grease and line an 8 inch cake pan. Preheat oven to 170 C (150 C if you’re using convection oven)
  2. Mix together yogurt and sugar till sugar dissolves
  3. Add baking powder & baking soda. Mix well & let it rest for 5 minutes till you see a lot of air bubbles.
  4. Add oil, vanilla & coffee and mix well.
  5. Sift in flour, cocoa powder and salt. Mix to form a smooth batter.
  6. Pour batter into cake pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let it cool completely.
  7. Cut into 2 equal halves and set aside. (Skip if you’ve baked 2 separate cakes)

For the Frosting

  1. Cut the chocolate into chunks and add it to a bowl. Sprinkle instant coffee powder over it or the brewed coffee.
  2. Bring the cream to a boil. Switch off as it starts to boil.
  3. Pour cream all over the chocolate and let it rest for 2-3 minutes
  4. Whisk furiously to form a smooth & glossy frosting. Let it cool completely.
  5. Chill in fridge for 30 – 60 minutes to get a spreadable frosting

Putting together the Devil’s Food Cake

  1. To the lower half of the cake, brush with sugar syrup or brewed coffee decoction to keep it moist
  2. Spread a thin layer of the chocolate frosting and sprinkle some chocolate chips all over.
  3. Close the top layer of the cake and spread the frosting all over the cake. You can wet your spatula lightly to smoothen out the frosting.
  4. Decorate the sides and top with Chocolate Chips.
  5. Chill for at least 30 minutes.