The theme for this week’s Sunday Supper was “Retro Recipes,” and truthfully it was a little bit of a challenge for me! I’m still young enough that the generation I grew up in isn’t retro yet. While one of my grandmother’s cooked a lot, she made meals that would be considered more ethnic fare. There wasn’t a single recipe I could remember from my childhood that would count as retro! So as I scratched my head I thought of devil’s food cake. For whatever reason it sounds and feels like a thing of the past. I asked my mom to look through my great grandma’s recipe box to unearth a recipe for this. No luck. The next stop was several small, old cookbooks I acquired at a thrift store. One of them happened to be the book in the picture above. There were two devil’s food cake recipes, one I had the ingredients for, the other I didn’t. I’m sure it’s pretty obvious which I chose. It’s called “Devil’s Food Cake De Luxe”. It’s deluxe for sure.
What is devil’s food cake?
MarocBaba asked what the difference between devil’s food cake and chocolate cake was. I didn’t know. I always assumed devil’s food cake was a richer cake. But consulting a few different sources there seems to be no consensus as to the definition. Some possibilities are;
- a moist, airy, rich chocolate layer cake similar to yellow or white angel food cake.
- a cake that is more moist than the traditional chocolate cake that uses cocoa and coffee.
- different from a chocolate cake because it uses baking soda, incorporates butter, and uses less egg.
- a cake similar to red velvet cake, possibly incorporating beets (as a carrot cake incorporates carrots) and makes the color “devil red”.
What I do know:
- layer cake
- filling between the layers
I knew I would never get away with making a cake that had gluten. MarocBaba would be devastated. So I’m giving you this recipe with gluten free flours. If you’re making this with regular flour use 2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour in place of the gluten free flours. Don’t be intimidated by the list of ingredients or the multiple steps. It’s worth the time to make each of the components from scratch but you could use a store bought frosting and cream if you’re short on time.
- 2/3 cup sweet white rice flour
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1 cup sorghum flour
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 3/4 boiling water
- 3 squares (3 oz) unsweetened chocolate
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 cups milk, scalded
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 Tbsp corn syrup
- 3 squares unsweetened chocolate
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 Tbsp butter
- Preheat your oven to 350F.
- In a small bowl combine the water and chocolate, stir until thick and set aside.
- In another bowl, sift together all of the flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
- In a stand mixer cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy and smooth.
- Add the eggs and continue to beat until fluffy.
- Slowly add the melted chocolate, stirring to blend well.
- Next, add the sifted dry ingredients and buttermilk. Alternate between adding a portion of each, blending the mixture after adding each item.
- Spray two 8" round pans with baking cooking spray or butter and dust each with flour.
- Pour equal amounts into each of the pans.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes.
- Scald the milk before putting all of the ingredients together.
- Combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt very well.
- Add egg yolks and beat well.
- Add a little bit of the milk (it will still be warm) slowly, mix and then, transfer the sugar and egg mix into the remaining milk.
- Whisk, whisk. whisk!
- Pour the mixture into a pan, turn the stovetop to medium heat and continually whisk.
- The mixture will thicken.
- Add butter, cool and then mix in the vanilla.
- Cool the cream before adding to the cake.
- Cook sugar, corn syrup, chocolate and milk, stirring constantly, until it reaches 232F or a small amount of the syrup forms a very soft ball when dropped into cold water.
- Remove from the heat - add vanilla and butter.
- Cool to lukewarm.
- Beat in a stand mixer or mixer until creamy.
- Once cool, cut each of the cake rounds in half horizontally.
- Place one round on the bottom of a large cake plate.
- Top with 1/3 of the cream filling.
- Add the next round on top of the first.
- Continue until the cake is assembled.
- Frost the top and sides of the cake with the fudge frosting.
- Serve in small slices. This cake is very rich and a little will go a long way.
- Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Check out what the rest of the Sunday Supper Team has come up with!
Sunday Supper Retro Appetizers:
- Irish Cheddar-Whiskey Fondue by girlichef
- She Devils: Beet Pickled Deviled Eggs by Ruffles & Truffles
Sunday Supper Retro Salads:
- Coca-Cola Salad by Magnolia Days
- Salmon Salad | Retro Tuna Salad by Family Foodie
- Ambrosia Salad by Simply Gourmet
- Romaine “Wedge” Salad with Hot Maple Bacon Dressing by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Carrot & Raisin Salad by The Roxx Box
- Sweet & Smoky Broccoli Salad by In The Kitchen with KP
Sunday Supper Retro Breads and Sandwiches:
- Italian Style Bread by The Meltaways
- Creamed Chipped Salmon Jerky on Toast by Pescetarian Journal
- Grown-Up Tuna Melts by Home Cooking Memories
- English Muffin Pizzas by Comfy Cuisine
- Patty Melt, Hand Cut Fries, & a Shake by Mooshu Jenne
- Grown-Up Grilled Cheese With Tomato Soup by Catholic Foodie
- Toast Topper #16: Grandma’s Mock Apricot Jam by What Smells So Good?
SundaySupper Main Dishes:
- Chicken Pot Pie Topped With Bacon Cheddar Biscuits by Chocolate Moosey
- Tuna Noodle Casserole by Country Girl in the Village
- Nana’s Marinated Beef Roast by Supper for a Steal
- Chorizo Scotch Eggs by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Chicken Maryland by Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Mushroom Stroganoff by Small Wallet Big Appetite
- Dairyfree Toast Hawaii by Galactosemia in PDX
- Porcupine Meatballs by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Chicken Kiev by The Urban Mrs.
- Salmon Quiche with Preserved Lemon by Shockingly Delicious
- Steak Diane by Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends
- Fried Chicken only in the Oven by In the Kitchen with Audrey
- Hambak Steak a.k.a. Salisbury Steak by Kimchi Mom
- Retro-Redo: Homemade TV Dinner by The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Kicked Up Meatloaf by Curious Cuisiniere
- Shrimp Scampi (a lighter version) by Kudos Kitchen
- Old-Fashioned Pork Chops by My Trials in the Kitchen
- Jägerschnitzel by Sustainable Dad
- Healthier Hamburger-Corn Noodle Casserole by The Weekend Gourmet
- Inspired by Tuna Noodle Casserole by Cookistry
- Chicken-N-Biscuits Pot Pie Casserole by The Messy Baker Blog
- Souper Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes by Mama.Mommy.Mom
- Meatloaf that will make you swoon and Datz the truth by Midlife Roadtrip
- Spaghetti with Currywurst Sauce by Masala Herb
- Tator Tot Casserole by NeighborFood
Sunday Supper Retro Sides and Veggies:
- Smokey Braised Red Cabbage by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Classic Corn Casserole by The Foodie Army Wife
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Balsamic by Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
- Classic Green Bean Casserole Redux by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Mem’s Broccoli Casserole by Momma’s Meals
Sunday Supper Retro Desserts and Cocktails:
- Peachy Keen Tutti-Frutti Jello by La Cocina de Leslie
- Old School Boozy Rum Cake by Webicurean
- Individual Baked Alaskas by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Rainbow Jello by Cravings of a Lunatic
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake by Noshing with the Nolands
- Pineapple Bars by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Creamy Dairy Free Fresh Orange Julius With Coconut Milk by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Refrigerator Strawberry Cheesecake by There and Back Again
- Frozen Pineapple Upside-Down Cake by Juanita’s Cocina
- Boston Cream Pie by Gotta Get Baked
- Coca-Cola Cupcakes by Daily Dish Recipes
- Jello Poke Cake by Flour On My Face
- Devil’s Food Cake by Maroc Mama
- Bread Pudding with Pecans by Basic and Delicious
- Victoria Sponge Cake by The Lovely Pantry
- A Chocolate Twist on the Classic Japanese Strawberry Shortcake by Ninja Baking
- Post War Apple Pudding by My Cute Bride
- Layered Mini Chocolate Banana Cakes by Big Bears Wife
- Raspberry Jam Cakes by Pippis in the Kitchen Again
- Cocktail: Moscow Mule by Crazy by Crazy Foodie Stunts
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