Yes Devil's Food Cake has its' own day and I have a tried and true recipe. As you can see from the scan this recipe is old. It came from my Moms Mixmaster instruction booklet in the late 40's or very early 50's. She has made it countless times and I have made it a lot also. We always make it with the coffee. It is so good with a thick fudge frosting.
Black Devil's Food Cake
1-1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
1/4 teaspoon double-acting or 1/2 teaspoon fast-acting baking powder
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup hot water or hot coffee
1/2 cups shortening
1-1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, unbeaten
1 teaspoon vanilla.
Put into large bowl of Mixmaster the shortening, sugar eggs and vanilla. Sift together the flour, salt, soda and baking powder. Mix together cocoa and hot water or coffee.
Beat together the shortening, sugar, eggs and salt for 2 minutes at no. 8 speed scraping bowl while beating. Turn to no.1 speed. Add cocoa mixture alternately with sifted flour mixture. Scrape bowl while beating. Beat only enough to blend well- about 3 minutes. Pour batter into greased and floured 8-inch layer cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes.