National Devil's Food Cake Day

National Devil's Food Cake Day is observed next on Sunday, May 19th, 2024 (82 days from today).

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Celebrated annually on May 19th, National Devil’s Food Cake Day is enjoyed by chocolate cake lovers throughout the country and around the world.

If you are interested in a sweet treat, go grab your fork! May 19th is National Devil's Food Cake Day, an annual food "holiday" that celebrates the rich and moist chocolaty dessert Americans love to eat - devil's food cake.

History of National Devil's Food Cake Day

Devil's Food Cake is a heavenly chocolate cake. It differs from regular chocolate cake by being darker in color and tends to be more moist and airy. Devil's Food recipes use hot or boiling water as the main liquid. Cocoa is often used in cake batter, as opposed to chocolate, and coffee can be added for a distinctive flavor. A delicious chocolate coating usually accompanies the cake.

Devil's Food recipes often appear alongside Angel Food recipes. One of the earliest recipes had appeared since August 10th, 1898, which was the edition of the Hagerstown Exponent of Hagerstown, Indiana. While previous chocolate cake recipes predate this one, Devil's Food Cake is uniquely different from other chocolate cakes.

Why National Devil's Food Cake Day

  • It's an interesting passion

Studies have shown that we enjoy food more when we feel like it, and nothing says more "indulgence" than a cake named after the devil himself. If we're having a bad day or need some delicious food like classic chocolate, there's nothing better than what the doctor ordered than a slice of the best pastry.

  • It is an alternative to other light cakes

Sure, a bunch or a pretty white cake can do the trick, but sometimes you just want a little bit more. Devil's food cake will cure that sweet tooth and set you back in seconds. You can go even bigger by choosing a version with a rich chocolate coating! Pair it with a great glass of cold milk or turn it into a delicious treat with a cup of coffee!

  • It's chocolate cake on steroids

This cake is not for the faint of heart, or the average chocolate lover. This cake is for the serious, there must be some chocolate fanatics for sure. Over the years, demon food cake recipes have added more and more chocolate, even exchanging regular chocolate for cocoa for a delicious taste. This cake is considered by many to be fatter, darker and smoother than regular chocolate cake.

Celebrating National Devil's Food Cake Day

  • Good luck!

Invite all your friends and try the devil food cake taste. Rate a cake based on its overall appearance, taste, and moisture content. Make sure to keep the baker's identity secret so you don't miss any votes or shuffle! Give out prizes like a coveted green ribbon or a coupon to take a baking class!

  • Check out your local bakeries

This date calls from some extensive research. Do a little google to see which places offer delicious chocolate-like delights, and put together your mouth-watering itinerary to try. Bring a friend and see if you agree on the best cake! Remember to take photos at each stop and tag them on social media with #NationalDevilsFoodCakeDay!

  • Read about the legend of the devil's food cake

Although there are conflicting stories and cookbooks published to contradict the story, legend has it that the devil's food pie was created at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. One account even suggested that one customer loved the cake so much that she asked her to make the recipe. The customer gets the recipe, but it comes with a price - Waldorf also serves her a bill for $100. Now that's an expensive cake!


National Devil's Food Cake Day has been observed annually on May 19th.


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