Longley Farm’s Devil’s Foodcake

Flora says: This was found in an old handwritten recipe book as nothing more than a list of ingredients, so the method is a bit of experiment but we think the results are devilishly delicious!


1. Grease and line a 7″ tin

2. Beat the butter and sugar together until combined and creamy

3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix together until well combined (it’s easier to combine evenly if you add in 2 stages, or mix in an electric mixer)

4. Turn into the cake tin and bake at 190°C / 370°F(180°C Fan) for 25-30 minutes or until it is slightly springy on top to the touch

5. Wait for the cake to cool then cover with chocolate icing

To make the icing

1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl suspended over a pan of barely simmering water

2. Cream together the butter and icing sugar

3. Beat in the warm chocolate and spread on the cake

4. Once the icing has fully cooled, dust the top of the cake with cocoa and/or icing sugar