How to make it

  • Adjust the rack to the center of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees
  • Butter three 8-inch round layer pans and dust the bottoms with dry bread crumbs.
  • Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over hot water on a moderate heat. Set aside once melted.
  • Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Cream the butter.
  • Add the vanilla and sugar and beat another minute or two.
  • Beat the eggs in, one at a time, and scrape the mixing bowl with a spatula between additions. Continue to beat for a minute or two after the last egg is added.
  • Beat in the melted chocolate.
  • On the mixer's lowest speed add half of the flour mixture. Then add the buttermilk and then the rest of the flour. Scrape down as needed.
  • Gradually beat in the boiling water.
  • This is a thin batter - don't worry.
  • Divide it between the three prepared pans.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until the tops spring back when touched and the cake starts to pull away from the sides of the pan.
  • Cool the layers on racks for five minutes. Then invert the pans on the racks to remove the cakes and then invert again so they are right-side up.
  • When the layers are completely cool ice with 7-Minute Icing

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    " It was excellent "
    michellem ate it and said...
    Oh this looks wonderful..Im adding it to my must bake soon list..thanks again for the heads up!
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    " It was excellent "
    lunasea ate it and said...
    Maida Heatter is the woman and this devil's food cake recipe is the best I've ever had. Ever.

    Great post...I wish I could give you a 20...thank you!
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    " It was excellent "
    cooper ate it and said...
    I have used this recipe and it is killer. It doesn't get any better than this. Classic and nothing oddball in it. As an FYI, Cooks Illustrated this month did a dark chocolate review. Nestle, Lindt, Hersheys, Guittard and Bakers didn't do well. San Francisco-based Ghirardelli Bittersweet did great. Callebaut L-60-49NV was high ranked. Both were cited for being good chocolate in baking.
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    " It was excellent "
    linebb956 ate it and said...
    Girl... this is the best... and yes Maidi is the word on baking.. Had this cake.. it is wonderful... sinful!
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