We are so excited to share a brand new scratch Devil’s Food Cake recipe with you, complete with a raspberry and ganache filling and raspberry buttercream frosting. The combination of rich chocolate cake with refreshing raspberry flavor is AMAZING.
Much like our scratch Classic Chocolate Cake, this Devil’s Food Cake is ultra moist and brimming with chocolatey goodness.
Although our Devil’s Food Cake recipe calls for the traditional mixing method, the resulting cake reminds me of cakes that use the reverse creaming method, as it has a velvety, melt-in-your-mouth quality.
This tenderness can likely be attributed to the buttermilk in the recipe, as the acidity of the buttermilk softens the gluten in the flour. We’ve also added melted chocolate to the recipe, in addition to unsweetened cocoa, which lends a decadent flavor and deep color.
Raspberry Buttercream is a new recipe for us, and it complements the devil’s food cake perfectly! As you’ll notice in the recipe, we used a raspberry puree in our frosting recipe as well as for a simple glaze in between the cake layers.
The most time consuming part of the puree is straining out the raspberry seeds. If you are short on time, you can use seedless raspberry preserves instead, although you’ll likely want to add a touch of pink coloring gel.
Now for the fun part…assembly!
We piped a dam of buttercream on the first layer of cake, followed by a thin glaze of raspberry puree.
Next, we spread on a thin layer of ganache…
We followed up with a layer of raspberry frosting. (I find it’s easier to pipe on and smooth the raspberry buttercream filling since we’re layering it on top of the ganache filling.)
Repeat the steps for the second layer, and then finish with the top layer and a coat of raspberry buttercream! I used a small angled spatula to add wavy lines in my buttercream as I spun it on a turntable.
I piped a shell border around the base with a star tip 21.
As a final touch, we added a simple ganache drip, a buttercream border using a french tip 869, and fresh raspberries!
Devil's Food Cake with Raspberry Filling
For the Devil's Food Cake
- 4 oz. (113g) semi-sweet chocolate (coarsely chopped) - I used Baker's but other brands would be fine also
- 1 1/4 cup (302g) hot coffee - can be brewed or 2 rounded teaspoons (5g) instant coffee in hot water
- 1 cup (82g) unsweetened cocoa powder (measure, then sift)
- 1 cup (242g) buttermilk - a substitute for buttermilk is 1 Tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice in a 1 cup measuring cup then fill cup with milk. Stir and allow to sit for 10 minutes
- 1/4 cup (54g) vegetable oil - I use canola oil
- 2 3/4 cups (322g) all purpose flour (plain in the UK)
- 2 teaspoons (10g) baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon (2g) baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon (2g) salt
- 12 Tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks (170g) unsalted butter, softened slightly
- 2 cups (400g) sugar
- 4 large eggs
For the Raspberry Buttercream
- 12 oz. bag frozen raspberries, thawed. Seedless Raspberry Preserves can also be used, see NOTE below.
- 3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) (339g) unsalted butter
- 9 cups (1035g) powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon (3g) salt (optional) helps cut sweetness, popcorn salt is best to use as it will dissolve more quickly
- 1/3 cup + 3 Tablespoons (180g) raspberry puree — add more puree or milk as necessary to reach the spreading consistency you like
- 1 teaspoon (4g) raspberry extract, it gives a nice boost to the raspberry flavor
For the Ganache
- 6 oz. (171g) Chocolate (Semi-sweet or Dark) We used Ghirardelli
- 6 oz. (171g) Heavy Cream
- fresh raspberries for garnish
For the Devil's Food Cake
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Grease and flour three 8 inch cake pans, add a wax paper or parchment paper circle to the bottom of each pan
- Microwave the coarsely chopped chocolate for 30 seconds, let sit for a couple of minutes, stir, then microwave another 20 seconds.
- It will not be completely melted but at this point. Add the chocolate to the hot coffee and whisk the two together until the chocolate is completely melted.
- Once you are sure the chocolate is melted, add the sifted cocoa and blend, then the buttermilk and oil, blend. A large 4 cup measuring cup is a good choice for holding this amount and for pouring. Set aside
- In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk for at least 30 seconds to blend. Set aside.
- Add the softened butter to the mixing bowl and mix until smooth. Gradually add sugar and mix at medium speed 3 to 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape the side and bottom of bowl.
- Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each egg just until the yellow of the yolk disappears. Scrape the sides and bottom of bowl as needed.
- Mixing no higher than medium speed alternately add the flour mixture and liquid mixture to the bowl, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients (3 additions of dry and 2 of liquid.
- Pour into 3 prepared pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes (test at 25 min.). The cakes are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached.
- Makes 9 cups batter
- For Cupcakes: Bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes
For the Raspberry Buttercream
- Puree approximately 2 cups thawed raspberries in a food processor or blender. Put the pureed raspberries in a mesh strainer to strain out the seeds.
- Press the raspberries through the strainer with the back of a spoon. It is thick so you will need to scrape the puree off the back of the strainer. You will use this for the buttercream recipe as well as for lightly glazing the cake layers.
- In a separate bowl, cream the softened butter until smooth.
- Gradually add the powdered sugar, 1/3 c. + 3 Tablespoons (180g) pureed raspberries, and raspberry extract, beating at medium speed until blended.
- Continue mixing on medium speed another 3 to 4 minutes (longer if using a hand mixer), scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl occasionally. Slow the mixer down (#2 on a KitchenAid) and mix another minute, this will help to eliminate air pockets. If the buttercream is too thin add more powdered sugar, too thick, add more puree or a bit of milk.
- Any extra raspberry puree can be thinly spread between the cake layers
- Makes 6 to 6 1/2 cups
- NOTE: If using Seedless Raspberry Preserves, instead of frozen raspberries the color will not be as pink so add a bit of pink gel coloring (we use AmeriColor Deep Pink). We added the color using a toothpick to control the amount. The amount of preserves will be the same as the frozen raspberry puree
For the Ganache Drip
- Place your chocolate into a microwave safe bowl.
- Pour heavy cream over the chocolate and place in the microwave for 1 minute. (Times may vary, see our note below).
- Remove and allow to sit for one minute.
- Gently stir and press chips to aid in melting. If there are still unmelted chips, microwave for 5-10 seconds. Stir and repeat as necessary. Be very careful not to overheat.
- *Microwave times may vary. If you are making a smaller amount of ganache, you should reduce the microwave time. If your chocolate hasn't melted after the recommended amount of time, simply microwave in small 5-10 second increments until it has nearly completely melted. Let sit one minute, then stir until smooth.
Assembly of the Cake
- I piped a raspberry buttercream dam around the edge of the first layer of cake (about 1/4 inch from the edge) using a disposable piping bag with the tip snipped away.
- I glazed the layer with a thin layer of raspberry puree, followed by a thin layer of ganache.
- Next, I piped on raspberry buttercream and spread it with a spatula.
- Repeat these steps for the next layer of cake.
- Top with the third layer of cake and frost with raspberry buttercream. (Before frosting, my layers were sliding a bit and so I chilled it in the freezer for 10 minutes to firm things up.)
- After frosting the cake, I loaded a disposable piping bag with ganache, snipped away the tip, and created a ganache drip around the top edge of the cake as I rotated it on my turntable.
- I then piped a quick ganache pattern over the top, and piped raspberry buttercream around the edge of the cake using a french tip 869.
- I topped every other piped star with raspberries.