Our Best Chocolate Cake Recipes

Cakes make birthdays, dinner parties, and any celebration special -- yet many of these chocolate cakes are also appropriate for weeknight treats.


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Milk Chocolate Marble Loaf Cake

    "Milk chocolate gives this cake a lighter flavor and lets the vanilla side shine as well," says baking expert David Bonom.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake  1 hr 5 mins  350°F 
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Bacon-Laced Chocolate Cake

    Katrina Markoff, recipe creator and founder of Vosges Haug-Chocolat, calls this cake "Love Goddess Cake." This inventive dessert couples luscious chocolate with smoky bacon. If you prefer, you can omit the bacon.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350° 
Freeze   30 mins 
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Double Chocolate Cake

    Cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and a creamy chocolate frosting give this rich cake lots of chocolatey goodness.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   30 mins  to  35 mins  350°F 
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Chocolate Orange Loaf Cake

    This rich cake developed by Nigella Lawson is one of her all-time favorites. It's ideal for a dinner party or served as a mid-morning treat.

Prep   20 mins 
Bake   45 mins  325°F 
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Quick Chocolate Cake

    With just five minutes of prep time, you can put this luscious chocolate cake recipe together in no time. Serve it warm with a scoop of ice cream.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   5 mins 
Bake   35 mins  350°F 
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Chocolate Sour Cream Cake

    Sturdy, dense, and loaded with chocolate, this is the cake that chocolaholics dream of -- and it travels beautifully, making it the ideal potluck dessert.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
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Chocolate Syrup Cake

    A rich chocolate-and-buttercream drizzle takes classic Bundt cake to the next level. Serve it as the grand finale at your next dinner party.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake  1 hr 15 mins  325°F 
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Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cake

    This rich chocolate cake is layered with peanut butter and topped with its own warm sauce.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cool   30 mins 
Slow Cook  2 hrs  to 2 hrs 30 mins (high)
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Chocolate-Cherry Stack Cake

    A creamy layer of cherry-flavored frosting, between each tier of rich chocolate cake, makes this dessert unforgettable. Chocolate-covered cherries make a gorgeous topper.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   22 mins  350°F 
Cool   10 mins 
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Chocolate-Lover's Cake

    The ultimate chocolate cake is topped with a heavenly chocolate butter frosting.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   50 mins 
Cool   20 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
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Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream

    This decadent chocolate cake from food star Nigella Lawson is spiked with lime and served with tequila-infused cream.

Prep   40 mins 
Cool  several hours
Bake   40 mins  to  45 mins  350°F 
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Butterscotch Marble Cake

    For an easy yet impressive birthday cake, try this recipe -- it starts with a boxed cake mix and butterscotch pudding. A rich, chocolaty icing adds a sweet finishing touch.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cool  2 hrs 
Bake   55 mins  350°F 
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Bourbon-Chocolate Tipsy Cake

    Espresso deepens the chocolatey flavor of this rich bundt cake.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Cool   15 mins 
Bake  1 hr  325°F 
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Whole Wheat Chocolate-Blueberry Cake

    An easy sauce of blended blueberries and light whipped dessert topping dresses the decadent dessert.

Makes: 9 servings
Prep   35 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
Cool  1 hr 
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Deep Chocolate Cake

    A triple chocolate treat, this deep chocolate cake uses cocoa powder plus unsweetened and semisweet chocolates.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
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Devil's Food Cake

    This dark, chocolatey cake is a classic. And you don't get to the stature of being labeled a classic by being anything less than wonderful.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Bake   35 mins  350°F 
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Best-Ever Chocolate Cake

    This recipe, originally made in 1952, has been perfected over the years. We think you'll agree that this version is the moistest, richest, "chocolatiest" cake ever. And, of the many ways to frost it, we vote for our classic Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cool  1 hr 
Bake   35 mins  350°F 
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Double Chocolate Lava Baby Cakes

    Dense chocolate cake hides a rich torrent of caramel in this pint-size dessert.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   15 mins  400°F 
Stand   5 mins 
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Layered Chocolate-Zabaglione Cream Cakes

    These delightful little cakes bake in just 18 minutes and are embellished with both a White Chocolate Cream Frosting and a White Chocolate Zabaglione Sauce.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep  1 hr 
Bake   18 mins  350°F 
Stand   30 mins 
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3-Nut Upside-Down Cake

    Caramelized pecans, walnuts, and macadamia nuts are placed into the pan before the batter is poured over -- giving this cake its "upside-down" name.

Makes: 9 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   40 mins  350°F 
Stand   10 mins 
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Upside-Down Chip Cake

    Miniature chocolate chips are added to the cake batter before it's poured over a layer of nuts and coconut. After baking, invert onto a platter and sprinkle a few more chocolate chips over the topping. Let stand about 30 minutes before slicing.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Bake   40 mins  350°F 
Stand   30 mins 
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Softhearted Chocolate Cakes

    These little cakes can be made ahead and warmed in the microwave. Serve with ice cream, whipped cream, and raspberries.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool  1 hr 
Bake   9 mins  to 10 hrs  350°F 
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Raspberry Truffle Cake

    Bake this sweet treat in an 8-inch springform pan, then cool in pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Remove side of pan and let cake cool completely. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours before serving.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
Chill  4 hrs  to 24 hrs 
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Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Cake

    Brush the warm cake with Molasses Glaze, then serve with Molasses Whipped Cream.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Cool   30 mins 
Bake  1 hr  350°F 
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Black Forest Cake

    Make a 9-inch one-layer cake. Top with whipped dessert topping and cherry pie filling. Serves 8.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
Cool   10 mins 
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Greek Chocolate Nut Cake

    Like many Greek desserts, these chocolate diamonds are brushed with sugar syrup.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   25 mins  325°F 
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German Chocolate Cake

    Check your oven temperature occasionally. If it's too hot, cakes may develop tunnels and cracks; if it's too cool, your cake may become coarse.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   50 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake   20 mins  to  25 mins  350°F 
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Sacher Torte

    A chocolate glaze and apricot preserves spread on a dense chocolate cake are characteristics of this dessert, named for the Viennese hotel owner who created it in 1823.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   50 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
Stand  1 hr before serving
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One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

    This cake recipe is easy, elegant, and delicious.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cool  1 hr 
Bake   30 mins  350°F 
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Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cakes

    Chocoholics will love the intriguing flavors of chocolate and strawberry in every bite. Starting with packaged pound cake and canned frosting makes these sophisticated-looking mini sweets a snap to prepare.

Makes: 18 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
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Mahogany Pound Cake

    Baked in a deeply fluted tube pan, this fine-grain, red-brown cake turns out nothing short of spectacular. A light dusting of powdered sugar adds to the drama.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Stand   30 mins 
Bake  1 hr 25 mins  325°F 
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Chocolate-Zabaglione Cake with Cherries

    The heart and soul of this decadent layered sponge cake is zabaglione, an airy dessert sauce of egg yolks whipped with Marsala. With added chocolate and whipping cream, this cake turns into a super chocolate sensation.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep  1 hr 
Cook   15 mins 
Bake   15 mins  375°F 
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