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National Devil’s Food Cake Day

Indulge in the rich and decadent flavors of National Devil's Food Cake Day with our top-rated recipes and tips for the ultimate dessert experience.
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May 19
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Get ready to indulge in some rich and decadent goodness on May 19, also known as National Devil's Food Cake Day! This popular dessert has been a favorite for generations, with its origins dating back to the early 1900s. The term "devil's food" first appeared in a cookbook in 1905, describing the dark and intense chocolate flavor of this cake. So why not celebrate this delicious day by treating yourself (and maybe some lucky friends) to a slice of devil's food cake? Trust us, it will be worth every sinful bite.

History of National Devil’s Food Cake Day

National Devil’s Food Cake Day Dates

National Devil’s Food Cake Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1905</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Origin of Devil's Food Cake</div><div class='timeline-text'>The term "devil's food" was first mentioned in 1905 in a cookbook, referring to a cake with a rich and intense chocolate flavor.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1920s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Devil's Food Cake Popularity Grows</div><div class='timeline-text'>The popularity of Devil's Food Cake grew rapidly during the 1920s, becoming a staple at bakeries and households across the United States.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1969</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Cake Mix Revolution</div><div class='timeline-text'>Devil's Food Cake attained further popularity when cake mix companies started introducing Devil's Food Cake mixes, simplifying the baking process for home cooks.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Cake Makeover</div><div class='timeline-text'>Devil's Food Cake started getting a glamorous makeover with bakers introducing gourmet versions, turning it into a luxury dessert item at high-end bakeries and restaurants.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1995</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Devil's Food Cake Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first National Devil's Food Cake Day was celebrated. This day was created to celebrate the delicious and indulgent dessert that Devil's Food Cake is.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Devil’s Food Cake Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Bake your own Devil's Food Cake</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather all the ingredients and try your hand at baking a delicious Devil's Food Cake from scratch. Don't forget to top it off with some rich chocolate frosting.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a local bakery for Devil's Food Cake</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If baking isn't your thing, head to your favorite local bakery and treat yourself to a slice of their decadent Devil's Food Cake. Don't forget to snap a picture for social media!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a Devil's Food Cake tasting party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite some friends over and ask each person to bring a different type of Devil's Food Cake. Have a blind taste test and see which one comes out on top as the ultimate Devil's Food Cake.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a Devil's Food Cake-inspired cocktail</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Put a fun twist on celebrating National Devil's Food Cake Day by creating a delicious cocktail inspired by the flavors of Devil's Food Cake. Think chocolate, coffee, and maybe a splash of rum or bourbon.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to a charity that fights hunger</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>In the spirit of giving, consider making a donation to a charity that fights hunger in honor of National Devil's Food Cake Day. After indulging in some delicious cake, it's important to remember those who may not have access to such treats.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Devil’s Food Cake Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a celebration of chocolate</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Devil's food cake is known for its rich, indulgent chocolate flavor. It's the perfect treat for any chocolate lover. On National Devil's Food Cake Day, we get to celebrate this delicious dessert and all its chocolaty goodness!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a great excuse to indulge</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Let's be real - who doesn't love an excuse to eat cake? National Devil's Food Cake Day is the perfect opportunity to satisfy your sweet tooth and enjoy a slice (or two) of this heavenly dessert guilt-free.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a chance to try new recipes</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>There are so many variations of devil's food cake - from classic recipes to more modern twists. National Devil's Food Cake Day gives us the perfect opportunity to try out new recipes and find our own personal favorite version of this delicious treat.</p></div></div>

5 Delicious Devil's Food Cake Day Secrets

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Devil's Food Cake gets its name from contrast</h3><p class='facts-text'>At the time of its creation, the cake was named 'devil's food' to contrast it with the lighter Angel Food Cake. The deeply rich and dark chocolate flavor was considered to represent temptation and sinfulness.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>First Devil's food cake recipe wasn't actually a cake</h3><p class='facts-text'>The first recipe to be called "devil's food" was published in the New York Herald on June 3, 1898, but it wasn't for a cake. It was, instead, for a unique type of cookie that was flavored with both chocolate and spices.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Coffee enhances Devil's Food Cake's flavor</h3><p class='facts-text'>Many Devil's Food Cake recipes call for a cup of hot water or coffee. This isn't to make the cake taste like coffee, but rather to intensify the chocolate flavor.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Devil's Food Cake has a distinguishing feature</h3><p class='facts-text'>Unlike traditional chocolate cakes, Devil's Food Cake is characterized by its airy, moist texture, resulting from the use of baking soda as a leavening agent. The baking soda also gives the cake a reddish tint, as it raises the pH level of the cocoa.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Devil's Food Cake is celebrated in literature</h3><p class='facts-text'>The delicious dessert has made several appearances in popular culture over the years. It's celebrated in literature, with American author Carolyn Keene referencing it in her Nancy Drew mystery series, and British author Terry Pratchett mentioning it in his Discworld book series.</p></div></div>

National Devil’s Food Cake Day FAQs

When is National Devil’s Food Cake Day?

National Devil's Food Cake Day is celebrated on May 19th every year. In 2024 National Devil's Food Cake Day will occur on Sunday.

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