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Devil's Food Cake

Yield 9 servings (serving size: 1 cake square)
Stir the espresso granules into the same measuring cup you use for the hot water and you won't have to use more than one bowl.


  • Cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso granules or 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Nutrition Information

  • calories 221
  • caloriesfromfat 33 %
  • fat 8.2 g
  • satfat 4.7 g
  • monofat 2.5 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 3.5 g
  • carbohydrate 36 g
  • fiber 1.7 g
  • cholesterol 65 mg
  • iron 1.9 mg
  • sodium 225 mg
  • calcium 36 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Coat an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray, and dust the pan with 2 teaspoons flour.

  3. Place butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave at high 1 minute or until butter melts. Add cocoa, stirring well with a whisk. Add brown sugar, stirring well until mixture pulls away from sides of bowl. Add eggs, 1 at a time, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Stir in baking soda, vanilla, and salt. Lightly spoon 3/4 cup flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Gradually add flour to bowl, stirring just until blended (do not overstir). Combine hot water and espresso. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until blended.

  4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into squares; serve warm or at room temperature.