The Cake Slice: Mile-High Devil’s Food Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream

May 20, 2009 at 4:19 am | Posted in cakes & tortes, groups, layer cakes, sweet things, the cake slice | 34 Comments

mile-high devil's food cake

I liked this.  *sigh*  I liked this very much…but I’ve gone on before about my feelings for devil’s food cake.

Back when I cooked up Southern Coconut Cake, I found that I could bake half of an 8-inch cake recipe in a quarter sheet pan.  Here, I did just a third of the recipe in the same sized pan.  The slightly thinner layers made it more “kilometer-high” than “mile-high,” but trust me, I was quite satisfied with the altitude of this moist cake.  And the brown sugar buttercream?  Well, it is quite a luxury (and one best appreciated at room temperature).  It definitely takes this cake from childhood favorite to grown-up delight.

mile-high devil's food cake

Here’s a printable link to the recipe, courtesy of  Gigi Cakes.  Better yet, get your hands on a copy of Sky High: Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes by Alicia Huntsman and Peter Wynne.  This is now the eighth (actually ninth, but more on that later) cake I’ve made from the book, and I can’t recommend it highly enough!  Cruise through the list of The Cake Slice Bakers to check out all of our mile-high cakes this month.


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  1. Hi Steph, an absolutely beautiful cake and light crumbs. Great job on this month’s challenge.

  2. Your cake looks wonderful and so moist and tender. I like the shape you made it and the buttercream looks divine

  3. Funny I made browned butter frosting today but on a vanilla cake, you’re right, its delicious. This cake looks very tasty, well done.

  4. This is such a gorgeous looking cake. You did a fantastic job with it.

  5. Wow, it looks so good. I’m making mine tonight (only had dutch processed cocoa).

  6. Wow, that is an absolutely gorgeous cake! I think if I made this I’d eat at least half of it myself – it sounds soooo good!

  7. Definitely a fav. with me too!

  8. Hmmm… I’ve never had brown sugar buttercream. Looks delicious!

  9. Gorgeous cake. Nothing better than a good devil’s food cake. Well, maybe a good devil’s food cake with a glass of milk.

  10. Your cake came out beautifully!

  11. I love the square cake! Looks so delicious.

  12. Wow your cake looks SO moist! This is one of my favorite Cake Slice cakes so far!! 😀

  13. I could totally go for a slice of this right now!

  14. What a moist-looking cake! I want to try buttercream with this.

  15. Wow! This looks awesome! Great photos!

  16. Looks gorgeous!

  17. I wish I had a slice right NOW!!!

  18. Rich, moist and decadent…….exactly what I want in a cake!!!

  19. The cake looks delicious! I tried the link for the printable recipe but it wasn’t up. Could you possibly post it instead? TIA

    • Sumayyah–Hmmm….I wonder why it’s not showing up for you? I will look into it. Thx!

  20. I bet it was delicious, but it looks so wonderful that i could eat the pictures ;)) don’t take me serious, just it looks so great i keep staring at the photos :))

  21. Yummy, this cake looks great, beautiful !!!

  22. I have got to buy this cookbook! Holy smoke! Amazing photos!

  23. Love it! Really love how your cake turned out!

  24. Your cake looks so darn good. Man oh man, so chocolatey, and that frosting. Oh that frosting!! I just want to stick my finger in the cake. I really need to get my hands on this book, but for now, I’m getting that printable recipe 🙂

  25. Yum! that looks fabulous!

  26. OK, twist my arm! I have the book, and have drooled over the pictures, but haven’t made anything out of it yet. You Cake Slice bakers are convincing me to bake some cakes!

  27. Your cake looks beautiful (as usual)! And your buttercream looks fantastic! Did you not have problems with it? I had nothing but problems, but it was still delicious!

  28. See, I need to downsize cake recipes like that too. The brown sugar buttercream sounds deadly!

  29. WOW, that cake looks AMAZING!

  30. Your cake looks sooo very moist. I chose not to make the brown sugar frosting but after looking at yours, well, I wish I had.

  31. This is a beautiful cake and the brown sugar buttercream sounds really delicious!

  32. This cake is simply stunning, what an awesome job! It reminds me of Chocolate Ripple Cake, one of my all time favourites and it absolutely has me drooling!

  33. ok, so I came on to comment on our TWD recipe…then got to the bottom of your brownie-chipster post and was distracted by this cake! It’s beautiful!! Now I think am I need that triple layer cake cookbook you reference…like…I need to run to NOW and go order it…I do so love cakes!

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