1 Hour Easy Luscious Betty Crocker Devil's Food Cake Recipe

1 Hour Easy Luscious Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake Recipe

Last Updated on June 6, 2022 by Zara R.

Our luscious Betty Crocker devil’s food cake recipe incorporates the ease of using a premix with some traditional elements like strong black coffee.

So, indulge in these rich complex chocolate and coffee flavors! The recipe is incredibly easy to make and will take you less than an hour. We guarantee that you won’t regret it!

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What Is A Devil’s Food Cake?

If you love baking, you have likely come across a devil’s food cake recipe or two. But do you actually know what it is? Other than of course a delicious cake everybody raves about!

This cake is a type of chocolate cake, but that is a lot richer in flavor and texture. It differs from regular chocolate cakes because of the addition of baking soda to the recipe. The baking soda makes the cake slightly more acidic and tart, just like red velvet cakes are. It also gives the cake a much deeper and darker color than regular cocoa does.

Furthermore, it is traditionally made with unsweetened cocoa powder. It also often gets coffee added to it for additional rich flavor and color.

What is our Betty Crocker devil’s food cake recipe made of?

Betty Crocker has a delicious devil’s food cake box mix. However, we have made some adjustments to their recommended recipe and elevated it to a whole new level!

Our Betty Crocker devil’s food cake recipe is made using strong black coffee, to give it that much-needed traditional richness. Too many recipes these days have been watered down, but not this one!

Furthermore, we have made our own fudgy chocolate frosting from scratch. But of course, to save yourself some more time, you can simply use the Betty Crocker premix.

What Do You Need To Make This Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake Recipe?

Ingredients for the cake

  • 1 box (15 ounces) Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup strong black coffee, room temperature
  • 3 medium eggs, room temperature

Ingredients for the chocolate fudge frosting

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup milk, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chocolate shavings, optional garnish

Equipment

  • 2 8-inch cake pans
  • Non-stick baking paper
  • Non-stick baking or cooking spray
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric or hand whisk
  • Cooling rack
  • Medium saucepan
  • Pallet knife or piping bag

Step by step instructions

Step 1: Make the devil’s food cake batter

To start, first line your cake pans with non-stick baking paper. For added protection, line the sides with non-stick baking or cooking spray. Then, preheat your oven to 350ºF (180ºC).

Once you have prepared your equipment, you can make the cake batter. Place the cake mix inside a large mixing bowl. Make sure it is lump-free.

Create a well on the inside and add the oil, water, coffee, and eggs. Whisk together the ingredients until you have a completely smooth and uniform batter.

Step 2: Bake your cake

Carefully pour the cake batter into the prepared lined baking pans. Then, bake the cake for roughly 25-30 minutes. Do not overbake these! They have finished baking once the testing needle or toothpick comes out completely clean. You can test the cakes after 20 minutes.

Once they are fully baked, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool inside their pans for 15-20 minutes. Once cooled, carefully loosen the sides and place them on a cooling rack to cool completely.

Step 3: Make the chocolate fudge frosting

Meanwhile, start making your frosting. Place the butter in a medium saucepan and allow it to melt completely. Then, add the cocoa powder and whisk it until you get a thick paste. Then, transfer this mixture to a large mixing bowl.

Start whisking the paste at low speed while adding powdered sugar and milk in intervals. You can add a third of each at a time, alternating between each addition.  Reserve some of the milk to use after all the powdered sugar has been added. This milk will be used to adjust the consistency to your liking. And finally, add the vanilla extract.

Then, beat the frosting for roughly 5 minutes at a medium-high speed or until the frosting becomes creamy.

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Step 4: Decorate the cake

Once your layers are completely cooled, you can level them if you want to. Then, place the first layer onto a cake board or stand. Top it with a thick layer of chocolate fudge frosting. Then, add the other layer of cake.

To decorate the cake, you can either add frosting to just the top, give it a naked-cake look, or completely smother it in icing! However, you like your cakes! There is no wrong method!

Finally, garnish your cake with chocolate shavings and serve within 4 days.

Tips And Tricks

  • If you don’t like the flavor of coffee in your cakes, you can substitute it with regular water instead. However, if you want to give it more of a punch, then substitute the water with more black coffee.
  • For this recipe, you can also substitute the eggs with applesauce or flax eggs. Don’t use banana or any other egg substitute that has an overly strong flavor. This cake should be rich and chocolate-flavored.
  • To level the cakes, simply measure out the needed height around the entire cake. You can mark the height by inserting toothpicks into the sides. Then, slice the cake using a sharp bread knife. You don’t have to level both cakes, but we do recommend at least doing the one. This will ensure your cake doesn’t turn out lopsided.

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Wrapping it up

We hope that you give this recipe a try and get transported back to how it was traditionally intended to be! Rich and complexly flavored cakes have never tasted as good as our easy Betty Crocker devil’s food cake recipe. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

1 Hour Easy Luscious Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake Recipe

Our luscious Betty Crocker devil's food cake recipe incorporates the ease of using a premix with some traditional elements like strong black coffee. So, indulge in these rich complex chocolate and coffee flavors! The recipe is incredibly easy to make and will take you less than an hour. We guarantee that you won't regret it!
Prep Time20 mins
Baking Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: betty crocker devil's food cake recipe, How do you make Betty Crocker Devil's food cake better?, What is the main Flavour of a devil's food cake?, Who invented devil's food cake?, Why is it called Devil's cake?
Servings: 10
Author: Cakedecorist

Equipment

  • 2 8-inch cake pans
  • Non-stick baking paper
  • Non-stick baking or cooking spray
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric or hand whisk
  • Cooling Rack
  • Medium saucepan
  • Pallet knife or piping bag

Ingredients
  

Ingredients for the cake

  • 1 box, 15 ounces Betty Crocker Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup strong black coffee, room temperature
  • 3 medium eggs, room temperature

Ingredients for the chocolate fudge frosting

Instructions

  • Make the devil's food cake batter
    To start, first line your cake pans with non-stick baking paper. For added protection, line the sides with non-stick baking or cooking spray. Then, preheat your oven to 350ºF (180ºC).
    Once you have prepared your equipment, you can make the cake batter. Place the cake mix inside a large mixing bowl. Make sure it is lump-free.
    Create a well on the inside and add the oil, water, coffee, and eggs. Whisk together the ingredients until you have a completely smooth and uniform batter.
    1 box, 15 ounces Betty Crocker Devil's Food Cake Mix, 1/2 cup canola oil, 1/2 cup water, room temperature, 1/2 cup strong black coffee, room temperature, 3 medium eggs, room temperature
  • Bake your cake
    Carefully pour the cake batter into the prepared lined baking pans. Then, bake the cake for roughly 25-30 minutes. Do not overbake these! They have finished baking once the testing needle or toothpick comes out completely clean. You can test the cakes after 20 minutes.
    Once they are fully baked, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool inside their pans for 15-20 minutes. Once cooled, carefully loosen the sides and place them on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Make the chocolate fudge frosting
    Meanwhile, start making your frosting. Place the butter in a medium saucepan and allow it to melt completely. Then, add the cocoa powder and whisk it until you get a thick paste. Then, transfer this mixture to a large mixing bowl.
    Start whisking the paste at low speed while adding powdered sugar and milk in intervals. You can add a third of each at a time, alternating between each addition.  Reserve some of the milk to use after all the powdered sugar has been added. This milk will be used to adjust the consistency to your liking. And finally, add the vanilla extract.
    Then, beat the frosting for roughly 5 minutes at a medium-high speed or until the frosting becomes creamy.
    1/2 cup salted butter, softened at room temperature, 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted, 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted, 1/2 cup milk, room temperature, 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Decorate the cake
    Once your layers are completely cooled, you can level them if you want to. Then, place the first layer onto a cake board or stand. Top it with a thick layer of chocolate fudge frosting. Then, add the other layer of cake.
    To decorate the cake, you can either add frosting to just the top, give it a naked-cake look, or completely smother it in icing! However, you like your cakes! There is no wrong method!
    Finally, garnish your cake with chocolate shavings and serve within 4 days.
    Chocolate shavings, optional garnish
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FAQs

Why is it called Devil’s cake?

Back in the 18th century, any type of food that was dark, chocolatey, rich, and spicy, was referred to as being "devilled". It is said to be so incredibly good that it can be sinful. This is why so many foods today still carrier titles like "devil's" or "devilled".

What is the main flavor of a devil’s food cake?

Devil's food cake is a type of chocolate cake. However, you have to use unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolates. This gives it a more intense flavor and richer profile. Furthermore, in some cakes, you will also pick up strong coffee flavors. And, thanks to the baking soda, it will have a hint of tartness.

Who invented the devil’s food cake?

The first printed recipe for a devil's food cake appeared in 1902. It was printed in a cookbook by Sarah Tyson called Mrs. Rorer's New Cook Book. However, it is believed that this recipe originated long before that.

How do you make Betty Crocker Devil’s food cake better?

There are a couple of things you can do to make the original recipe better, much as we did. First, we substituted boring bland water with black coffee. This gives it the dark rich flavor that traditional devil's food cakes had. Furthermore, you can substitute the oil with melted cooled. butter.

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