Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Alphabetic Recipes Q — Quick Mix Devil's Food Cake

Today we have a classic American recipe for a traditional quick version of a chocolate Devil's Food Cake, the : Quick Mix Devil's Food Cake.

Today's is the nineteenth entry of my new series of Alphabetic recipes. Each day for the next month and more, I will be adding a new recipe linked to a different letter of the alphabet. As I collect recipes from all over the globe, and have lots of Welsh recipes, I am going to use a blend of the Welsh and English alphabets:

A | B | C | DE | F | Ff | G | H | I | J | K | L | Ll | M | N | O | P | QR | Rh | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

so there will be 30 entries in total. As today is the nineteenth day in this series I am providing a recipe starting with the letter 'Q'. This is a modern recipe from America for a Birthday Cake recipe that is also very useful as a base for a Halloween cake of a chocolate Devil's food ake.

Quick Mix Devil's Food Cake Recipe

This is a traditional American recipe for a classic version of the chocolate-based Devil's Food Cake that's much easier to mix than the standard version.


90g (1/2 cup) chocolate, roughly chopped
280g (2 cups) plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
150g (3/4 cup) caster sugar
150g (3/4 cup) brown sugar
250ml (1 cup) sour milk (mix 1 tbsp white wine vinegar in 240ml milk and set aside for 10 minutes), divided
100g (1/2 cup) butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp red food colouring
2 eggs


Add the chocolate to a heat proof bowl and melt in a bain-marie or in a microwave. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted then set aside to cool.

In the meantime, soft together the four, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar into a bowl. Stir in the brown sugar and 160ml of soured milk along with the melted butter, vanilla extract and red food colouring. Beat well to combine then add the remaining sour milk and the eggs.

Continue beating until the mixture is well blended then divide the batter between two well-greased 22cm (9 in) diameter sandwich cake tins. Transfer to an oven pre-heated to 180ºC (360ºF) and bake for about 35 minutes, or until the top is springy to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre emerges cleanly.

Allow to cool in the tins for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Use a little chocolate frosting to sandwich the two cake halves together then use the remaining chocolate frosting to cover the top and sides. This make an excellent party or birthday cake.

The recipe presented here is based, with permission, on the Celtnet Quick Mix Devil's Food Cake recipe.

This recipe is brought to you in conjunction with the Celtnet Guide to Recipes Beginning with 'Q'.

If you enjoyed this recipe, why not go over to the Celtnet site to download your completely FREE eBook of 45 Halloween recipes.

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