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Drunk Diablo: Chocolate Stout Devils Food Cake with Mexican Hot Chocolate Frosting

Drunk Diablo: Chocolate Stout Devils Food Cake with Mexican Hot Chocolate Frosting

Drunk Diablo: Chocolate Stout Devils Food Cake with Mexican Hot Chocolate Frosting

Drunk Diablo: Chocolate Stout Devils Food Cake with Mexican Hot Chocolate Frosting

When you have a weird job, there are two categories of projects you work on. The first types are the reasons you got into this in the first place. The love projects. The creative soul projects. The goosebumps and fevered excitement projects.

Those are the ones that keep you going. The second type, are the ones that pay the bills. The ones that you still like, the ones you’re grateful for, the ones that you still throw your heart and gypsy soul into, but in your heart of hearts, you know you’re only doing them because you like electricity and groceries and being able to pay those bills affords you such luxuries.

Drunk Diablo: Chocolate Stout Devils Food Cake with Mexican Hot Chocolate Frosting

If you’re lucky, there is a huge Venn diagram overlap between the two. Most of what you do is —to one degree or another— both. I very rarely do projects that are just to pay the bills, but I very frequently find myself immersed in a passion project that will probably never result in any type of bill-paying.

I’m ok with this, it’s how I know I’ve chased my career down the right rabbit holes.

Right now I’m trying to turn my number one passion project into something that’s more in the center of that diagram. It’s a website I started about a year ago, a project I’ve been trying to move forward and I’m really in love with it.

It’s  Craft Beer Photography, it’s stock photos, it’s prints, it’s "please hire me to photograph your brewery because that sounds really fun and I want to do it."

It’s also one of my favorite parts of this weird job I’m trying to invent for myself. Because no one has ever really done this and I’m still trying to figure out what it looks like.

For now, let’s eat some cake and drink some beer and figure the rest out later.


Drunk Diablo: Chocolate Stout Devils Food Cake with Mexican Hot Chocolate Frosting

Servings 10 -12 servings


For cake:

  • 3 ounces bitter sweet chocolate
  • ½ cups 4oz hot brewed coffee
  • 1 cup 8oz stout beer
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 ½ cups 375g sugar
  • ¾ cup 180g vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cups 360g sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups 300g all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¾ cups 168g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons 10g baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon 5g baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons 6g salt

For the frosting:

  • 1 ½ cup 342g butter, softened
  • 2 cups 386g vegetable shortening*
  • ¼ cup 24g cocoa powder
  • 3 cups 390g powdered sugar (plus additional to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon 0.5g cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon 4g cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon 2g chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the ganache:

  • 10 wt oz dark chocolate 60% cacao
  • ¾ cup 180gheavy cream
  • ¼ cup 60g stout beer


  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Add the chocolate, coffee and beer to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir and repeat until melted (this can also be done in a double boiler).
  • Add the eggs and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer, beat on high until light in color and well combined. Add the vegetable oil, sour cream and vanilla, beat until well combined. Mix in the chocolate mixture.
  • In a separate bowl stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the wet ingredients, stir until just combined.
  • Divide evenly between three 9-inch cake pans that have been greased and floured.
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly touched.
  • Add the butter to the bowl of a stand mixer, beat on high until light and fluffy. Add the shortening, beat until well combined. Add the remaining frosting ingredients, beating until well combined. Frost the cake, with frosting between all the layers. Refrigerate while you prepare the ganache.
  • Add all the ganache ingredients to the top of a double boiler set over simmering water. Stir until the chocolate is almost all melted. Remove from heat and continue to stir until the chocolate is completely melted.
  • Pour the ganache over the cake, spread in an even layer, or allow to drip down the sides.


*Just use the shortening. It’s a texture thing, and it’s totally worth getting over the fact that shortening skeeves you out. It makes the most amazing frosting, trust me, just do it!

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Sara Loureiro May 4, 2018 um 2:53 am

I just love this suggestion…well I love your blog!
Wonderfull cake.


Tracy Snipes May 4, 2018 um 5:47 am



Annette Gallagher May 6, 2018 um 7:42 am

I LOVE the flavors in Mexican hot chocolate. This sounds great, but isn’t that an awful lot of fat for the amount of sugar in the frosting? I make a Bailey’s cream cheese frosting that’s 8 ounces of cream cheese and 4 ounces butter to 5 cups powdered sugar. That’s less half the fat and almost twice the sugar you’re calling for and it’s still a creamy, spreadable frosting. What’s the final texture supposed to be? Love your note about the veg shortening. My mother was a pro cake decorator decades and never used anything but. 🙂


Jackie May 6, 2018 um 9:12 am

You can adjust to your taste, I like frosting that isn’t too sweet so that the flavors of the spices pop 🙂 Too much sugar also makes the frosting stiff and I like it light and fluffy. But it’s a preference thing. Feel free to add more if you’d like!


Lisa June 20, 2021 um 1:36 pm

I am mixing the frosting and just read the note ‘just use the shortening’. Do you mean omit the butter completely? I’m sure I’ll be making this recipe again so I wanted to check. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe. The cake batter was incredible – I can only imagine how the completed cake will taste!


Jackie June 25, 2021 um 9:40 am

Use both! People kept swapping out the shortening for butter to make an all butter frosting, but the shortening gives it a much better texture.


Jayne May 7, 2018 um 4:16 am

At what point do you add the warmed chocolate/coffee/stout mix to the other cake ingredients?


Jackie May 9, 2018 um 9:03 am

Step 3 🙂


Dawn May 7, 2018 um 2:12 pm

This looks amazing! I might have to make it for myself for my 30th birthday next week. Any suggestions for converting to cupcakes? Maybe half the cake batter and half the frosting?
This = almost all of my favorite things.


Jackie May 9, 2018 um 9:01 am

It would make a LOT of cupcakes. I’d just cut it in half and you’ll probably get about 20


Riddhima Nair May 28, 2018 um 12:50 am

I love chocolate cake, thanks for sharing. It looks so wonderful and yummy 🙂 🙂


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