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Devil's food cake

The history of Devil's food cake

Dense and rich cocoa cake with a hint of coffee, filled with a decadent chocolate ganache.

Devil's Food Cake is a delicious chocolate dessert that has become a classic in American baking. Its origin dates back to the 19th century when chocolate cake recipes began to gain popularity in the United States. Although there isn't a single definitive story about its creation, it is believed that Devil's Food Cake evolved from earlier chocolate cake recipes.

One theory suggests that the name “Devil's Food Cake” is derived from the contrast with another popular cake of the time called “Angel's Food Cake”, which was white and made with egg whites. Devil's Food Cake, on the other hand, is characterized by its intense chocolate flavor and dark color, leading to the association with something “devilish”.

In the 1920s, with the popularization of ingredients like cocoa powder and melted chocolate, the Devil's Food Cake recipe was refined and made even more delicious. Ingredients like buttermilk and baking soda began to be used to achieve a fluffier texture and even richer flavor.

Devil's food cake

Devil's Food Cake became an iconic dessert in the United States, and its popularity grew during World War II when the food industry worked to create delicious recipes with rationed ingredients. It was during this time that Devil's Food Cake recipes became popular in cookbooks and magazines.

Today, Devil's Food Cake remains a favorite in baking, with various variations including cream fillings, chocolate frosting, and other creative add-ons. This rich and tempting chocolate cake has left a lasting mark on American culinary culture and continues to be an indulgent pleasure for chocolate lovers around the world.