Devil’s Food Cake with Meringue-Buttercream Frosting

Source: Ina Garten

double layered, iced and finished devil’s food cake

Devil’s Food Cake with Meringue-Buttercream Frosting

The Devil’s Food Cake with Buttercream Frosting is the ultimate cake recipe hailing from the one and only, Ina Garten. If you don’t know Ina Garten, you should know Ina. She’s a goddess in the home-cooking/entertaining realm, and has been around in the American culture for decades. Perhaps she’s the new-modern Julia Child. She pulls her inspiration from France, and has a great sense of flavor and flair. Along with Ina and her success come several books, and her beloved husband, Jeffery.

Cooking for Jeffery” is the latest of her cookbooks. It seems, her husband is her biggest fan-smart man, Jeffery! So, in support of her hubby, she dedicated a cookbook to him. A collection of Jefferey’s favorites, for the world to agree or disagree with. I must have the same food ‘taste’ as Jeffery. All of the recipes in the latest cookbook are delicious, simple and charming. In particular, the ‘Devil’s Food Cake’ is a sure-fired hit. Though it’s quite hard to discern to which is the better half…the deliciously moist and rich chocolate cake, or the insatiably creamy white frosting.

This is a 4-layer cake, so the challenging part is actually dividing 2 cakes into 4 equal cuts. A task which puts you in the shoes of a professional baker, and leaves you satisfied and confident like Napoleon! It’s one great conquer! However, don’t fret the equality divide in the cakes, because it’s just going to be hidden by the generous amounts of frosting this cake requires. I will say, hands down…the best cake I’ve ever made! The frosting is delectable, really. The cakes themselves are very moist and sweetened to perfection. In the words of Ina Garten, “How Easy is That?”.

devils food cake

Don’t expect this cake to last beyond the first cuttings…and don’t be ashamed of yourself for going for seconds…Enjoy
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cake
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12 pieces


  • 3/4 lb butter room temperature (or 330gr)
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs extra large, room temperature
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract pure
  • 3/4 cups cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 3/4 cups coffee hot, fresh brewed
  • 3 cups flour all purpose
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sour cream

Meringue buttercream

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 . egg whites extra large at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 lbs butter (600g) room temperature
  • 1/4 cup coffee liqueur or brandy!
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract pure


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit (200 celsius), greast 2,  9" round cake pans, flour and put aside
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  On low speed, add eggs, one at a time.  Add vanilla, beat until well combined
  • whisk the cocoa powder and hot coffee together in a small bowl, then add into batter on low speed
    dough with coffee and coco added
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, soda, powder and salt.  With mixer on low, slowly add dry to batter then add sour cream and mix until combined
    sour cream added
  • divide batter equally between the 2 pans and bake until center tester comes out clean, about 35 minutes.  Set aside on wire rack and allow to completely cool
    both layers of the cake baked

for icing

  • combine the sugar and 2/3 cup of water in a medium saucepan.  cover and bring to a boil over high heat.  as soon as the sugar dissolves, uncover the pan and place a thermometer n the syrup.  Cook over high heat until thermometer reads 240 degrees.  don’t stir!
    melting the sugar
  • Meanwhile, place the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt in a bowl of an electric mixer with whisk attachment.  Beat the egg whites on high until they form stiff peaks
    whip the eggwhite mix until stiff
  • Carefully pour the syrup into a 2-cup glass measuring cup (easy to pour), and with the mixer on high, very slowly pour the sugar syrup into the egg whites in a thin, steady stream.  Leave the mixer on high for about 1 HOUR!  until the mixture is completely cooled and at room temperature. 
    add the syrup in the mix
  • After the hour has passed, and mixer is now on medium speed, add the butter, 2 TBS at a time. 
  • With the mixer on low, add the liqueur and vanilla.  Do not refrigerate:  frost the cake while the buttercream is at room temperature.
  • Cut both halves of the cake in horizontal halves, frost, and enjoy!
    double layered Devils Food Cake
  • A cut piece of the Devils Food Kake
    devils food cake cut piece
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