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Discover the charm of baking a Mini Devil’s Food Cake, a delightful and rich chocolate treat perfect for smaller servings. This version brings all the beloved features of the classic Devil’s Food Cake but in a more manageable size, ideal for one or a cozy dessert for two. Easy to bake and a joy to eat, this mini cake is great for anyone looking for a quick chocolate fix. Whether you’re a regular in the kitchen or just trying your hand at baking, this recipe ensures a satisfying and delicious experience.

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Ignore the name – Devil’s Food Cake is truly divine! Our mini version of this classic, old-fashioned cake is ideal for one or two servings. It’s made with scaled-down ingredients and baked in a small dish. Perfect for a smaller appetite or intimate dessert moments.

Why You’ll Love This Devil’s Food Cake Recipe

  • Richer and Lighter: Thanks to cocoa powder and extra baking soda, this cake is richer and lighter than typical chocolate cakes, with the baking soda enhancing its deep color and airy texture.
  • Intense Chocolate Flavor: The use of rich cocoa powder and coffee amplifies the robust chocolatey taste.
  • Simple to Make: Crafted with basic, easily available ingredients, this recipe is straightforward and beginner-friendly.
  • Ideal Serving Size: Perfectly portioned for one or two, this mini Devil’s Food Cake offers just the right amount for a small indulgence.

Ingredients

ingredients needed to make a devils food cake on a wooden cutting board.

This section provides a quick rundown of the ingredients used in this small Devil’s Food Cake recipe. For complete measurements and step-by-step instructions, please scroll to the recipe card located at the bottom of this post.

  • Flour: All-purpose flour is used. This recipe hasn’t been tested with alternative flours.
  • Baking Powder and Soda: These leavening agents help the cake rise. Baking soda also neutralizes acids (like sour cream), contributing to the cake’s tender texture and reddish hue.
  • Butter and Oil: Softened unsalted butter and vegetable, canola, or avocado oil create a rich, soft cake.
  • Sugars: A mix of granulated and brown sugar enhances flavor and moisture. Use our small batch brown sugar recipe to whip up a batch of brown sugar if you don’t have any.
  • Vanilla Extract: Enhances flavor.
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: Key to the cake’s deep chocolate taste. Both natural and Dutch-processed cocoa powder work. Use any extra cocoa powder you might have in a small Chocolate Banana Bread, a small batch of Chocolate Scones, or in festive Rum Balls.
  • Coffee: Dissolves cocoa powder, intensifying chocolate flavor without adding a coffee taste.
  • Sour Cream: Adds moisture without thinning the batter and activates baking soda. Leftover sour cream can be used in Corn Muffins and in a Hot Spinach Dip
  • Powdered Sugar and Heavy Cream: These are combined with cocoa powder, butter, and vanilla to create the chocolate frosting. They’re classic frosting components, also featured in our single serving White Cake frosting, as a topping for our Two Chocolate Cupcakes, and in a single serving Peanut Butter Pie recipe.

If you have any ingredients leftover from this easy Devil’s Food Cake recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder.

How To Make A Mini Devil’s Food Cake

These step-by-step photos and instructions help you visualize how to make a Devil’s Food Cake. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

Prepare the baking dish

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Lightly butter a 5×7-inch baking dish and set it aside.

Pro Tip: I use two baking dish sizes: a 5×5-inch dish with a base area of 25 square inches and a 5×7-inch dish with a base area of 35 square inches. The batter nearly fills the 5×5-inch dish, so it’s wise to place it on a rimmed baking sheet to catch any spills. The 5×7-inch dish is preferred as it offers more space and reduces the risk of overflow.

a small square buttered baking dish on a brown table.

Make the cake

  1. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Using a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  3. On low speed, add the egg and then add the oil and vanilla and beat until well mixed.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder and hot coffee until smooth.
  5. With the mixer on low, add the chocolate mixture to the batter.
  6. Still with the mixer on low, slowly add half of the flour mixture to the batter. Then, add the sour cream and mix well. Finally, add in the rest of the flour mixture and mix until combined.
six steps showing how to make the batter for a devils food cake.
  1. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
chocolate cake batter in a small square blue baking dish.
  1. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick or the tip of a sharp knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the baking dish for 30 minutes. Then, either turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool completely or add frosting to the cake while still in the baking dish when completely cool.
an unfrosted devils food cake in a square baking dish next to a multi-colored napkin.

Make the frosting

Note: For frosting this small Devil’s Food Cake, there are several options. One choice is to use the vanilla buttercream from our vanilla cupcakes recipe, though you’ll need to double it for sufficient coverage. Alternatively, the cream cheese frosting from our pumpkin bars recipe is a great match. For a decadent twist, try this chocolate buttercream frosting, elevating the cake into a chocolate lover’s delight. The rich chocolate frosting adds an extra layer of indulgence to this dessert.

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, beat softened butter with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add sifted powdered sugar, sifted cocoa powder, vanilla, and heavy cream and beat until well-combined and fluffy. If the frosting is too thick, thin it by adding more cream by the 1/4 teaspoon until the frosting reaches your desired consistency.
a forkful of devils food cake next to a slice of it on a white plate next to a red napkin.

Expert Tips

  • Use softened butter in this recipe. A good way to check to see if your butter is the right consistency is to make an indention in the butter with your finger. If it’s easy to make an indentation and the butter keeps its shape, then it’s the correct temperature.
  • Don’t scoop the flour with a measuring cup. Instead, stir the flour first to loosen it and then spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level it off using the flat edge of a knife.
  • Check to make sure your oven is at the proper temperature. It’s common for an oven to not be calibrated properly. Many ovens heat too high or too low compared to what the temperature is set at. I recommend investing on an oven thermometer to test your own oven temperature.
  • This small devil’s food cake stores beautifully! Just cover the cake and keep it in the refrigerator. It will keep for about 5 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Devil’s Food Cake named so?

The term “Devil’s Food Cake” is thought to come from its “sinfully rich” and “delicious” nature. It’s often seen as the darker, richer counterpart to the lighter Angel Food Cake, and historically, both recipes frequently appeared together in early cookbooks.

What is the difference between Devil’s Food and Red Velvet Cake?

Historically, these cakes may have been similar, but they’ve evolved differently. Both use cocoa, but red velvet typically includes red food coloring for its vibrant hue, while Devil’s Food Cake is known for its deeper chocolate flavor.

What is the ideal dish size for a mini Devil’s Food Cake?

For best results, a 5×7 inch baking dish is recommended, offering a base area of 35 square inches. A 5×5 inch dish, about 1 ¾ inches deep, also works well, holding around 1.5 cups and having a base area of 25 square inches.

How long does a Devil’s Food Cake stay fresh?

Stored in an airtight container, the cake will remain fresh for 5 days in the fridge.

Can I add nuts or chocolate chips to Devil’s Food Cake?

Absolutely! Mix in a handful of chopped nuts or chocolate chips to the batter for added texture and flavor.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Mini Devil’s Food Cake

5 from 8 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Cool: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 4 large servings
A scaled-down version of a classic dessert, the sinfully delicious Mini Devil's Food Cake has a deep fudgy flavor and a light and airy texture. It's topped with a decadent chocolate frosting and is so easy to make, it'll soon become your new favorite chocolate cake recipe!

Ingredients 
 

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter , softened
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar , packed
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons hot coffee
  • ¼ cup sour cream

For the chocolate frosting

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar , sifted
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder , sifted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Lightly butter a 5×7-inch baking dish and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • Using a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugars in a medium-sized bowl on medium speed for 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  • On low speed, add the egg and then add the oil and vanilla and beat until well mixed.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder and hot coffee until smooth.
  • With the mixer on low, add the chocolate mixture to the batter.
  • Still with the mixer on low, slowly add half of the flour mixture to the batter. Then, add the sour cream and mix well. Finally add in the rest of the flour mixture and mix until combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick or the tip of a sharp knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the baking dish for 30 minutes. Then, either turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool completely or add frosting to the cake while still in the baking dish when completely cool.

Make the chocolate frosting

  • In a medium-sized bowl, beat softened butter with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add sifted powdered sugar, sifted cocoa powder, vanilla, and heavy cream and beat until well-combined and fluffy. If the frosting is too thick, thin it by adding more cream by the ¼ teaspoon until the frosting reaches your desired consistency.

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Notes

Expert Tips
  • Use softened butter in this recipe. A good way to check to see if your butter is the right consistency is to make an indention in the butter with your finger. If it’s easy to make an indentation and the butter keeps its shape, then it’s the correct temperature.
  • Don’t scoop the flour with a measuring cup. Instead, stir the flour first to loosen it and then spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level it off using the flat edge of a knife.
  • Check to make sure your oven is at the proper temperature. It’s common for an oven to not be calibrated properly. Many ovens heat too high or too low compared to what the temperature is set at. I recommend investing in an oven thermometer to test your own oven temperature.
  • The cake stores beautifully! Just cover the cake and keep it in the refrigerator. It will keep for about 5 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1large square, Calories: 576kcal, Carbohydrates: 73g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 20g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 124mg, Sodium: 227mg, Potassium: 175mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 56g, Vitamin A: 967IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 67mg, Iron: 2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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25 Comments

  1. Would this fit in two ramekin or soufflé
    Dishes what size.? The recipe sounds great. I have two friends who have been
    Sweet ❤️❤️ to me!

    1. Hi Janet, it would depend on the size of your ramekins. We use a 5×7 inch baking dish which has a base area of 35 square inches and holds 28 to 30 ounces. You can use 3 (10-ounce) ramekins.

  2. I just made this today. When I have wanted Devil’s Food Cake in the past I buy the box and have a lot left over since it is just me, so I saw this and wanted to try it and it turned out great. A little big for one person so I’m sharing a couple of pieces with friends and it is delicious and will make it again. Thank you very much. I bake alot and since I have found your site for one person I use it alot.

    1. Hi Betty, yes we do have many low carb recipes. I suggest using the search bar located in the upper right corner of our pages and type in “low carb”, from there you will be able to browse through our low carb library.

  3. Delish! I kinda screwed up the directions, but the cake turned out great. Super moist and chocolaty ( is that a word!). The only problem I have is that I may eat the entire cake myself!!
    Thanks for sharing such great recipes.

      1. The heavy cream is used in the frosting and gives the frosting a thicker, richer flavor and texture. Swap it with milk (the higher the percentage of fat, the richer the frosting will be), or use half and half.