This super moist and fudgy Devil’s Food Sheet Cake is an easy version but delivers an intense chocolate flavor and amazing texture!
Hello, hello my friends. It is another good week to share another delicious recipe with you! I am so glad at how much you loved last week’s Chicken Crunch Wrap With Chipotle Cheese. I have more savory recipes on the line for you, so stay tuned!
For now, let’s bake! Okay, Devil’s Food Sheet Cake. I love this deeply chocolatey, fudgy and moist cake. While the traditional version of this classic is made a different way and baked in round pans, I am sharing an easy version that is baked in a sheet cake pan.
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What You Need
For the Ganache
- Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips. The chocolate flavor for our ganache. You can also use semi sweet chocolate bars.
- Whipping Cream. Use heavy cream or at least 35% whipping cream.
- Butter. A little bit of butter gives our ganache a richer flavor and a smoother, velvety texture.
For the Cake
- All-Purpose Flour. Flour makes up the dry ingredients for the cake recipe, along with the baking powder, baking soda, sugar and cocoa powder.
- Dark Cocoa Powder. Dark cocoa powder is a must for this recipe. You want the cake to deep and dark and a regular cocoa just can’t give that.
- Buttermilk. Gives the cake its ultra moist crumbs and creamy flavor. I use 14% fat buttermilk.
- Hot brewed Coffee. Adds a deeper flavor to the chocolate cake, and this should not be skipped!
See the recipe card for the rest of the ingredients.
Devils’s Food Cake Baked on a Sheet Pan
- This cake is almost one bowl. No mixer is required and calls for simple ingredients.
- The resulting texture is so moist and delicate, almost fudgy and yet it is not too sweet.
- It requires minimal decorating skills (good for me). Simply spread the ganache on top of the cake- and you are done!
A Few Pointers
- I like to make the ganache first. The reason is you have to let the ganache set for an hour or so before you can use it. So by the time you make the cake and let it cool, the ganache will be ready.
- You can always veer away from this and use another frosting of course. A vanilla or chocolate buttercream will be good. Also, the simplicity of a simple whipped cream flavored with cocoa is hard to beat.
- For that deep, dark color, I used DARK cocoa powder. The brand I used is Hershey’s. You can also use regular, but it is not as Devil’s Food Cake dark-dark.
Let’s Make It!
Place the chocolates in a heat-proof bowl. In a medium saucepan, heat the whipping cream, along with the butter until the butter is melted, and the cream starts to bubble along the edges.
Turn off the heat and carefully pour the heated cream mixture over the chocolate in the bowl. Cover the bowl and let it sit undisturbed for 5 minutes.
Then, stir the mixture until it is smooth and uniform. Allow the ganache to cool for 1 hour or so.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In another bowl, whisk the eggs, oil, buttermilk and vanilla until everything is incorporated. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and using a rubber spatula, gently mix to combine halfway.
Add hot brewed coffee and continue to mix. Do not over-mix.
Pour the batter into the pan. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted at the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool completely.
Spread the Chocolate Ganache Over the Cake
Once the cake has cooled. Pour and spread the cooled ganache all over the cake. And that’s it! Enjoy, my friends.
This cake will taste even better as it sits. It develops more flavor the next day, and the day after that! Enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
While a chocolate cake can be rich, spongy, fudgy and anything in between, a Devil’s Food Cake is known for its darker and deeper color and its deep, strong flavor. It is also distinctly fudgy.
Not surprisingly, one reason maybe is that it is so sinfully good ( and I cite this source here). And because it so super charged with flavor and its extra chocolatey and dark, hence they call it Devil’s Food Cake.
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