DIY Homemade Devil's Food Cake Mix - make your own rich and decadent chocolate cake from scratch with this recipe. It's so much better than the boxed stuff! | www.pinkrecipebox.com

DIY Homemade Devil’s Food Cake Mix

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday dear Nicolaaaaaa. Happy birthday to me! In case I wasn’t obvious enough, today is my birthday! Well it almost is. My birthday is actually Feb 10th, but I don’t post on Tuesdays, so I’m celebrating today.

DIY Homemade Devil's Food Cake Mix - make your own rich and decadent chocolate cake from scratch with this recipe. It's so much better than the boxed stuff! | www.pinkrecipebox.com

Every birthday requires cake. In this case – devil’s food cake. But not just any devil’s food cake. One made entirely from scratch without any box mixes or the nasty chemicals hiding within them! (In the very rare instance that devil’s food cake doesn’t wow you as much as it does me, there are loads of other cake recipes on Pink Recipe Box, too.)

DIY Homemade Devil's Food Cake Mix - make your own rich and decadent chocolate cake from scratch with this recipe. It's so much better than the boxed stuff! | www.pinkrecipebox.com

If you’ve got  feeling of de ja vu, it’s probably because this DIY homemade devil’s food cake mix recipe is actually a Pink Recipe Box post makeover – not a new recipe. This devil’s food cake recipe is one of the most popular posts on my blog, so I thought I’d jazz it up a bit with better writing, a more detailed recipe and some much better photos, since the only photo I had for this recipe was beyond terrible.

DIY Homemade Devil's Food Cake Mix - make your own rich and decadent chocolate cake from scratch with this recipe. It's so much better than the boxed stuff! | www.pinkrecipebox.com

Even if it’s not your birthday today, you can whip up this homemade cake mix recipe and give it to the foodie in your life as a gift. That way they get a thoughtful homemade present and hopefully you get a slice of cake out of it! To give this recipe as a present, combine all the dry ingredients in the recipe below and scoop it into a cute mason jar. Wrap a pretty ribbon around the rim and stick a cute label on the jar – no one wants an undecorated jar of brown stuff for their birthday.

DIY Homemade Devil's Food Cake Mix - make your own rich and decadent chocolate cake from scratch with this recipe. It's so much better than the boxed stuff! | www.pinkrecipebox.com

Don’t forget to include the recipe in the jar or your friend won’t be able to make the cake! You can print out the recipe below, write it out by hand, or better yet, tell them to come to Pink Recipe Box to find the recipe and we can celebrate our birthdays together.

I used a basic chocolate buttercream recipe to frost the cake in the photo, but if you’re looking for something a bit different to decorate your cake, try one of these light and fluffy whipped cream frosting recipes or even drizzle on some silky smooth chocolate ganache.

DIY Homemade Devil’s Food Cake Mix

Yield: around 45 standard slices (or 22 large slices)

Ingredients

    for the dry cake mix
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips (or chopped up milk chocolate)
  • to make the cake
  • 1 batch of dry cake mix
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup brewed coffee (or 1 cup hot water)
  • 1 cup sour cream

Recipe

    to make the dry mix
  1. Mix all the dry cake mix ingredients together and store inside a jar or container in a cool, dry place.
  2. to make the cake
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C and empty the contents of the dry cake mix into a large bowl.
  4. Add in the eggs, butter, coffee or water and sour cream.
  5. Beat well until there are no lumps in the batter and pour into a greased 13x9" baking pan.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  7. Leave to cool to room temperature in the baking pan for around 2 hours.
  8. When cooled, remove the cake from the pan and frost with your favourite frosting.

Notes

Recipe slightly adapted from Restless Chipotle

To store the cake, wrap each of the slices individually in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to one week or in the freezer for up to six months.

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25 thoughts on “DIY Homemade Devil’s Food Cake Mix

    1. Thanks, Jocelyn! You should be able to buy it in the store, but if not you could always make your own (it’s really not much hassle!).
      The below link takes you to a blog that explains how you can make your own really easily: http://smells-like-home.com/2011/11/diy-vanilla-sugar/
      Or – you could always use regular sugar instead of vanilla sugar and include 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract when you mix in the wet ingredients.
      I hope this helps :)

  1. Hi, how do I adjust this recipe to use in a bundt versus a 13×9 pan? It would be nice to know cup for cup how much mix will make what pan size. I guessed based on consistency…crossing my fingers.

    Thanks

  2. Yes, this recipe will give you pretty much the same amount of dry mix that you’d get in a box mix. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. I always get so annoyed when a recipe calls for box cake mix instead of listing the dry ingredients. I’d always much rather make my cakes from scratch. This will make things so much easier! Thanks for the post!

  4. I love this recipe. It’s very hard to find a good devils food cake recipe that doesn’t use a store bought mix. It looks so rich (and I know some people hate this word but…) moist. I have to try this. I saw your recipe on Tasty Tuesday and I’m repinning.

  5. This cake looks so moist and rich, I need to try it! I love the idea of saving as a dry mix. That would totally save time for a last minute chocolate emergency! Or make a super cute gift in a mason jar! Thanks for sharing!

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