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Devil's Food Cake With Creamy Chocolate Frosting


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  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups golden brown sugar - (packed)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Creamy Chocolate Frosting (see recipe)


Servings 10


Step 1

Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350 degrees. Butter two 9-inch-diameter pans with 1 3/4-inch-high sides. Dust with flour; discard excess. Bring 3/4 cup water to boil in medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Whisk in cocoa to form paste. Cool slightly. Add buttermilk; whisk until blended.

Whisk flour and next 3 ingredients in medium bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat sugar and next 4 ingredients in large bowl until light, about 5 minutes. Beat in cocoa mixture. Add dry ingredients and beat just until blended. Divide batter between prepared pans.

Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool cakes in pans on rack 10 minutes. Turn cakes out onto racks; cool.

Place 1 cake layer on platter. Spread about 2/3 cup Creamy Chocolate Frosting over. Top with second layer. Spread remaining frosting over entire cake. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover with cake dome; let stand at room temperature.)

This recipe yields 10 to 12 servings.

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