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Spiced Devil’s Food Cake

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Makes

12 servings

One of my mom's friends gave her this recipe when I was a child, and it has been a family favorite ever since. When your chocolate sweet tooth acts up, this really hits the spot! —Linda Yeamans, Ashland, Oregon
Spiced Devil's Food Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • MOCHA ICING:
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 6 tablespoons strong brewed coffee
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Toasted whole or chopped almonds, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla.
  2. Sift together all dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Pour into 2 greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Cool on wire racks for 10 minutes before removing from pans.
  4. In a small bowl, combine all icing ingredients except nuts. Spread frosting between layers and over the top and sides of cake. If desired, top with almonds.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 543 calories, 23g fat (14g saturated fat), 110mg cholesterol, 389mg sodium, 82g carbohydrate (61g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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