Deep dark chocolate devil’s food cake is topped with a fluffy marshmallow frosting making for one rich and delicious dessert.
devil's food cake with angel frosting

My latest scheme to beat-the-student-housing system involves a night of dark chocolate, wine, oysters, and fertility shots.

I really can’t understand why the.boy “just isn’t that into it”.


Apparently those who are with child get preference over those who are not, yet couples and singles are ranked equally.

All of a sudden single motherhood is sounding quite appealing…


Well, my darling fiance can protest the morality of bringing a child into this world for the sole purpose of qualifying for humane living conditions all he wants.

But the proof is in the pudding.

(Err, devil’s food cake.)

And I don’t remember hearing any objections from across our apartment as I was piling rich chocolate cake layers on top of each other or sandwiching the fluffiest of fluffy frostings in between them.

Or as he was shoving forkful after forkful into his mouth before leaving for work.


I  have a feeling there is some compromise in our future.

Especially if I’m going to continue to use slices of this cake as bartering tools.

Can you just see me waving around a pregnancy test in the housing office (urine flying everywhere) whilst demanding an apartment upgrade?

Hey, I never promised I’d fight fair.

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On that note. CAKE!

I’m not normally a girl who’s into chocolate cakes, but I am marrying a boy who is. And this one is pretty fabulous.

The cake itself is tender, moist, and rich without being heavy. And then it’s smothered in marshmallow frosting.


Those two were meant to be, I tell ya.

Devil’s Food Cake with Angel Frosting
Deep dark chocolate devil's food cake is topped with a fluffy marshmallow frosting making for one rich and delicious dessert.
Yield: 1 8-inch, 2 layer cake
For the cake
  • 1 oz dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • ½ cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅔ cup hot coffee
  • ⅓ cup whole milk
  • 1⅓ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the frosting
  • 5 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1½ cups sugar, divided
  • 1 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • chocolate sprinkles, to decorate
  1. Heat oven to 325. Grease two 8-inch round cake pans and line with parchment paper. Grease the parchment.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the chocolate and cocoa powder. Pour the hot coffee into this same bowl and whisk to combine. Stir in the milk until smooth.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well and scraping down the sides after each addition. Mix in the vanilla. Scrape down the bowl and mix again for 30 seconds.
  5. Add in the flour in three parts, alternating with the chocolate mixture.
  6. Divide the batter among the prepared pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes, rotating halfway through, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 15 minutes. Turn out onto the rack and let cool completely.
  7. To make the frosting, put the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Set aside.
  8. In a medium saucepan over low heat, stir together 1¼ cups sugar, the corn syrup, and ¼ cup water. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook, without stirring, until it reaches 235 degrees F.
  9. Meanwhile, whisk the egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form.
  10. As soon as the sugar reaches the right temperature, remove the pan from the heat.
  11. Add the remaining ¼ cup sugar to the egg whites and mix on low. While the mixer is still running, slowly stream in the hot sugar mixture. Increase the speed to high once you have added all the sugar syrup and beat for 7 minutes, or until thick and shiny. Add the vanilla bean paste and beat again for 10 seconds.
  12. To assemble the cake, place one layer on a serving platter. Trim it so that the cake is level. Spread 1 cup of frosting on top. Place the next layer on top and trim it as well. Frost the sides and top of the cake with the remaining frosting. Garnish with sprinkles.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice

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79 Responses to Devil’s Food Cake with Angel Frosting

  1. I am very much into chocolate cake so I’d be happy to accept a big slice as a form of bribery. Maybe you just need to bring a big plate of desserts to the housing office?? Or if you need to borrow me as a stand-in I’m happy to help!

  2. This is an absolutely gorgeous looking cake! Continued good luck with the housing! Thinking of you guys.

  3. how can you not be into chocolate cakes?! Well, I’m glad this one might be changing your mind. . it’s fabulous. and the marshmallow frosting? oh baby. love this!

  4. I think all you’d need to do to get an upgrade would be to bring a slice of this cake to the housing office. This is SUCH a gorgeous cake, Joanne! That devils food cake looks SO moist and I am in LURVE with that fluffy white frosting. Pinned!

  5. Monica says:

    I am really into chocolate cake (!) so this is right up my alley. That black & white contrast, not to mention all that fluffy texture, looks fabulous. Good luck with your apt. search – do whatever it takes! ; )

  6. I’ll take a slice of this cake for breakfast, please! Chocolate is the best way to start the day. Good luck with the housing situation! One of the joys of living in a big city 🙂

  7. debbie says:

    The pictures say it all. One fantastic cake.

  8. Kathryn says:

    Ha, whenever I’m having a crappy day at work, I sometimes think that it’s worth getting pregnant for a couple of months maternity leave 😉 Anyway, this cake = perfect.

  9. I love this cake! That fluffy frosting is so awesome!! I hope the housing situation works out for you – so stressful!!! No baby yet though – you want your wedding dress to fit, haha!!

  10. Johanna GGG says:

    hurrah for the boy’s love of chocolate cakes – that cake looks amazing – and well I guess parents get ovens because they need to feed their children cakes – like these – right! so this is important practice if you are going to be procreating! (though I think you would struggle to be a single parent with that wedding looming – you could do a great shotgun wedding though)

  11. Jessie says:

    Clearly we’re both into dark chocolate these days! I totally understand considering, er, drastic measures to get better housing (although now I can’t get that housing office image out of my head – thanks, JOANNE). Although, cake. So I forgive you.

  12. Just take them this cake, that should convince them you need an oven and no flat mates!

  13. In case the.boy ever gets tired of chocolate cake – I will volunteer to take it off your hands – your pictures have me drooling all over my keyboard!
    Good luck with the student housing situation!

  14. Lori R. says:

    Not a bad plan. But then there is the space issue in 9 months. A cake with angel as a frosting name simply cannot be bad. Looks amazing.

  15. Forkful and forkful BEFORE leaving for work? You meant you served this for the breakfast? Wow…Can I come to help? The cake looks divine, Joanne.

  16. Good luck with the housing situation! If nothing else I hope this cake makes you temporarily forget it’s happening. Chocolate cake + marshmallow is pretty much the cake of my dreams 🙂

  17. You crack me up. WHATEVER IT TAKES to get your apartment freedom/dignity! Also I’m always here to lend you a helping hand in finishing off a chocolate cake, just FYI. 😉

  18. Gorgeous cake! On the apartment front, perhaps you could just fake a pregnancy. I bet there’s a (very disturbing) market for positive pregnancy tests.

  19. Heather says:

    Seriously… desperate times call for desperate measures. I’d be considering the same thing!!

  20. Ohhhhh my gosh—– YESSSS! SO making this! Great idea for a light frosting! Since there areegg whites I am guessing it need to be refrigerated?

  21. Not a bad plan! But this cake is to die for !!

  22. Natalie says:

    YUM! That frosting!!!

    Also, my mom made your peach, kale, corn, etc. salad as part of my bday dinner last night–WE LOVED IT!

  23. Love it! Not only an amazing recipe but a witty and fun post as well. What a great way to share all your talents 🙂

  24. SallyBR says:

    Great looking cake….

    (on the phenol bit: I got burned once in Brazil, and some lab next door had this organic chemist who covered my burn with glycerol and a chemical I cannot for the life of me remember what it was – the chemical was supposed to react with the phenol and sort of neutralize it. Hurt like hell, but I had no scars)

  25. Lynn says:

    I’m all about chocolate cake and this one looks pretty darn good. I’m impressed you are still posting every day with a move pending!!!

  26. This has been truly pinned!!! Looks like something you would tuck in in the night when the munchies just won’t let you go to sleep!

  27. I’m actually loving that idea, let’s hope it works! This cake could and should convince just about anyoneeee.

  28. Christina says:

    If you put this cake in front of me, there is not much I wouldn’t agree to. I’m on board with the pregnancy idea…. If it gets you an oven…??? 🙂

  29. I’m sitting here crying because this cake is not in front of me as we speak :”( Major bummer, because it looks awfully deliiiiiiiciiiiiiious. And chocolaty ohh and that angel frosting sounds unreal. I want the whole cake pleassssse.

  30. Katie says:

    That cake looks delicious – no compromise necessary!!

  31. Love that fluffy marshmallow frosting!

  32. Zainab says:

    Hhaha you always crack me up! I will take this cake any day!

  33. Sarah says:

    This chocolate cake looks delicious! Also, student housing woes – I feel you : |

  34. Kate says:

    I do so love your cakes.

  35. Pam says:

    Well if you were planning to have a family anyway…. I don’t see what the problem is. 😉

    The cake not only looks lovely, it looks delicious too!

  36. cheri says:

    What a wonderful cake Joanne, love the frosting!

  37. Hotly Spiced says:

    What a gorgeous cake and I’m imagining it was cooked in an OVEN? I guess those with child also get apartments with OVENS? Desperate days to call for desperate measures. I had no idea the housing situation was so competitive and selective and dire. Love the marshmallow frosting – yum! xx

  38. ha!! Cake fixes everything, let’s be real. Loving that fluffy frosting! Such a fun recipe 🙂

  39. Yum-eee girl! Another delish dessert. BTW I made your salted caramel ding cake for hubbys bday and it turned out awesome 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  40. Tina says:

    Frankly, I think you should be able to bribe your way into a suite of apartments with this cake. We have an extra room and we’re on a few acres but…this would be so far from your work and school 🙂 Just let me know when you need the room!

  41. Do you think that if you found someone pregnant who could give you a positive pregnancy test (hold the eww though, it’s worth it!) they would give you the upgrade? Surely once you’re in, they wouldn’t evict you if something, very sadly, happened to the (non) pregnancy…

    I hear you on partner’s who are into chocolate cake. Mr B is the same, whilst it’s not really my thing. Marshmallow frosting would change my mind though!

  42. grace says:

    this looks AMAZING! i love that fluffy frosting on anything, but especially on a moist, chocolatey cake. bravo!

  43. Tammy says:

    This cake = heaven.

    OMG…I could just dig right into it…and don’t get me started on that marshmallow frosting.

  44. Preeti says:

    yummm :)…I wish I was your neighbor!I loved the pics!

  45. Oh my goodness. This cake is to DIE for. Instead of babies, how about bringing this to the housing department in hopes of bribing them into upgrading you?

  46. Tell ya what… you can borrow my kids and fake it until you get a place. But only if you send me this cake. This offer expires in 24 hours. Because, I need this. Gorgeous, Joanne!

  47. I’m not really “into” choco cake either but for some reason I want to reach through my screen right now and dive into this one! I think your plan is brilliant 😉 Or maybe if you throw yourself down on the ground kicking and screaming with fistfuls of chocolate cake you can claim that in fact, you are a child. Works for my kids.

  48. I could probably convince my boy to impregnate me if I made him this cake….In fact I kind of want to be pregnant with this cake. I could definitely eat the whole thing in one sitting!

  49. This cake looks absolutely delicious, I am actually dying to try this delicious recipe 😀
    I need to dig in soon otherwise I am going to have a lack of devils food cake syndrome!

    Choc Chip Uru

  50. Krista says:

    This sounds exquisite, Joanne. 🙂 I can see it lending weight to ANY argument of yours in the future. 🙂

  51. Yes, please! And I love the cup of humor with that pairs with this divine cake =)

  52. Cindy near Fruita says:

    What is vanilla bean paste, is there a substitute?

  53. I’m not too into chocolate cake either, but my boyfriend’s family is. This looks like the perfect recipe for the next time I am asked to make cake for them 🙂

  54. Susan says:

    I don’t suppose letting them know you are a food blogger and you absolutely must have an oven would help?

    This looks bakery shop perfect, Joanne. Chocolate and marshmallow perfection!

  55. I am really into chocolate cake!!! This is just my favourite dessert!! Your cake looks awesome! So fluffy and beautiful!!! Good luck with your apt. search!!

  56. Courtney says:

    Maybe you could wave this chocolate cake around the housing office. Frosting and cake crumbs flying everywhere sounds like it could be successful. 😉 In all seriousness, I hope everything works out soon!

  57. Megan says:

    You are too funny! I hope the housing situation gets worked out. Sorry you are going through that. The cake looks like it might help!

  58. Reeni says:

    I had the same idea as Courtney! Wave pieces of cake instead? Or fling it into their mouths! One bite and I’m sure they’d understand! I know I would! This looks absolutely dreamy Joanne!

  59. Love devil’s food cake! That frosting looks amazing!

  60. Oh man – this cake looks amazing!! So decadent and so so yummy! I adore all things chocolate.

  61. sandra says:

    this cake begs to be eaten in a tie. so classy.

  62. Your boy has good taste-this cake looks SO incredible! So moist and dense and chocolateyyyyy and then that marshmallowy frosting! HEAVEN

  63. Christine says:

    Couldn’t stop grinning at your image of the Housing Office and pregnancy test. 🙂 Thanks for the laughs! This cake (and frosting) look amazing! omg. I hope your housing ordeal gets sorted out soon…so stressful.

  64. Kelly says:

    Lol, you crack me up girl, love that you still got your sense of humor after going through all of this housing fiasco. This cake is just gorgeous, love that you paired chocolate with that magical marshmallow frosting!

  65. This cake looks absoltuley amazing. Definitely craving some of it’s chocolatey goodness right now.. pinned!

  66. Oh my goodness – this cake is stunning! I’m with ya on chocolate cake, but this one looks absolutely irresistible!

  67. Ihjaz Ahmad says:

    Oooh i made something very similar a few months ago, and it was delicious! Loved seeing how you had a different take on it. I’m definitely making this! thanks for sharing!

  68. Joy says:

    OMG! This looks so awesome!!!!
    I can’t wait to make it, however not keen on the corn syrup. Can you suggest a substitute?

  69. GRACE says:

    Can you make cupcakes with this recipe?

  70. Jestela says:

    Oh my! I just made this cake and its incredible! How soft the cake is… Its perfect! Thanks for sharing this recipe, its a keeper!

  71. carol says:

    need more info on the frosting. Really got pissed off Christmas day when I went to frost the cake and the frosting was runny. I did not want to frost on Friday (24) so after some investigating I put the frosting in the fridge covered and took it out Saturday– Christmas day to frost the cake as a dessert for a dinner we were invited to. Could not use it as it was runny, no firmness at all it was 3pm leaving at 4pm for dinner. Had to make a quick replacement and then wished I had dropped the cake so I wouldn’t be bringing some thing so awful. In the end 3 people ate the cake which they said was yummy just didn’t look while eating. Long story short WHAT DO I DO with the icing if making the day before r can it only be made same day??? going it give it another try once I get an answer. Thank you

    • joanne says:

      I’m sorry you had so much trouble with the frosting.

      This is a seven minute frosting and really should be made the same day it is being served. It doesn’t do well in the fridge, which is where I think the problem stemmed from. If you want to make the frosting ahead, I recommend using a vanilla swiss meringue buttercream instead as this will keep better in the fridge.

      • carol says:

        will for sure try this frosting again. I had bought meringue a few years back and it was probably for a frosting similar. Thank you for responding so quickly and leaving me time to redo for the Holidays.This frosting is a bit sweet for our taste so I will have to play with it. Family favourite frosting I bought at Winn Dixie in Zephyrhills, Florida when hubby & I wintered there for 11 years.

  72. carol says:

    is parchment paper really necessary? I used chocolate chips in place of 1oz. dark chocolate, regular cocoa powder and salted butter. These were what I had and cake was last minute idea for a dessert

    • joanne says:

      I always use parchment paper to line my cake pans when baking cakes. It pretty much ensures that the cake won’t stick to the bottom of the pan. If a pan is very well greased then in theory it should not be necessary but I like the extra reassurance.

      • carol says:

        thinking I’ll try just greasing the pan. I use parchment paper for cookies and backed chicken and love it but not so much for the cake batter. Thanks for getting back to me on this. Enjoy your Holidays

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