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Created in the late 1800s, devil's food cake came upon its dark moniker in one of two ways. According to The American Century Cookbook: The Most Popular Recipes of the 20th Century, "How this chocolate cake came to be called devil's food no one knows, although it may have been a play on opposites: It was as dark and rich as angel food was light and airy." Another legend posits that it was dubbed the nourishment of the devil due to its use of dark chocolate, deemed sinful for being so decadent and rich.
Wrote food writer Caroline King of her first impression of the cake in 1880s Chicago, "Though a new cake in our household, it had made its dashing appearance in Chicago in the middle eighties, and by the time it reached our quiet little community was quite the rage." For her original recipe and more background on the rich treat, head to the Food Timeline.
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