Oil-Based Devil’s Food Cake Batter

Essential Technique

Preparation info
  • Makes


    23 cm round layers, 5cm high
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Bake!: Essential Techniques for Perfect Baking

By Nick Malgieri

Published 2010

  • About

Using vegetable oil in a cake works well when the batter contains strong-flavoured ingredients that would mask the flavour of butter. See the Essential Tips if you would like to substitute butter anyway.


  • 110 g unsweetened chocolate, cut into 5mm pieces
  • 240 ml boiling water (boil, then measure)
  • 225


  1. Set a rack in the centre of the oven and preheat to 180°C/gas mark 4.
  2. Place the chocolate in a large mixing bowl and pour the hot water over it. Shake the bowl to make sure all the chocolate is submerged, then let stand for a few minutes to melt the ch