Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake
5 from 5 votes

Devil's Food Chocolate Cake

Easy one bowl chocolate cake.  Moist and delicious every time.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
cooling time 1 hour
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 15 servings
Calories 313 kcal
Author Janet Barton



  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa preferable Dutch processed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

1 cup boiling waterButtercream icing:

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3-4 cups powdered or confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • pinch of salt
  • 4-6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • chopped walnuts



  1. Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans or a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.  Set aside.  Sift together flour, soda and salt.  Set aside.  In a large mixing bowl cream butter, cocoa and sugar for approx. 3 minutes.  Add eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth and creamy.  Add sour cream and mix until smooth.  Add flour mixture and mix just until blended.  Slowly add boiling water and beat until smooth.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched.  Cool in pans for 10 minutes.  Invert to a cooling rack to cool.  Bake cupcakes for 18-20 minutes.


  1. In a mixing bowl, blend butter.  Add cocoa, 3 cups of powdered sugar, salt and 4 tablespoons of milk.  Mix until smooth.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add vanilla.  At this point check for consistency.  If you would like your frosting thicker add the extra powdered sugar.  If it needs to be thinner add more milk. Spread over cooled cake.  Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
  2. Makes enough frosting for one 9 x 13-inch cake or 24 cup cakes or a 2 layer cake.  S
Nutrition Facts
Devil's Food Chocolate Cake
Amount Per Serving (20 g)
Calories 313 Calories from Fat 151
% Daily Value*
Fat 16.8g26%
Saturated Fat 10.4g52%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 353mg15%
Potassium 0mg0%
Carbohydrates 46.1g15%
Fiber 2.9g12%
Sugar 31.2g35%
Protein 3.8g8%
Vitamin A 0IU0%
Vitamin C 0mg0%
Calcium 0mg0%
Iron 0mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.