Chocolate Cake Recipes That Don't Disappoint

Just try to name a dessert that satisfies like homemade chocolate cake. Whether you're baking for a special occasion or an evening in, these chocolate cake recipes make it indulgent. We have something for everyone, including a classic chocolate cake, a molten chocolate cake, and our favorite flourless chocolate cake. You'll want to save room for a second slice.

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    Chocolate-Hazelnut Bacon Layer Cake

    Chocolate, hazelnut, bacon -- now this is what we call dessert. A bacon-and-hazelnut filling lies between two layers of decadent chocolate cake.

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    Dark Chocolate Cake with Fresh Strawberry Buttercream

    A dessert that's chocolatey and fruity is bound to impress. And in this dessert, a buttercream made with fresh strawberries and vanilla bean fills rich dark chocolate layers.

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    Chocolate Sponge Cake

    This sponge cake recipe is easy, moist, and chocolatey -- perfect for a party!

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    Dark Cocoa Buttermilk Cake with Cocoa Mascarpone Frosting

    Dark Dutch process cocoa is known for its deep brown color and full flavor. In this recipe, it mixes with buttermilk for an incredibly rich chocolate cake. Top it generously with our creamy Cocoa Mascarpone Frosting, then dig in.

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    Triple Chocolate Cake with Malted Crunch

    Chocolate cake. And chocolate buttercream. And chocolate ganache. Over-the-top? Nope. But the malted crunch on top might be, but who's complaining?

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    Black Bean Chocolate Cake

    It's delicious. It's pretty. It's even...healthy. Yes, this chocolate cake clocks in at only 200 calories a slice. And no, it doesn't taste like black beans.

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    Double Chocolate Cake

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

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    One-Bowl Chocolate S'more Cake

    This dessert is all about the toppings. Fluffy marshmallow creme and crushed graham crackers cover moist chocolate cake. 

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    Chocolate Cake with Malt Topping

    Everyone's favorite soda-fountain treat adds a delectable twist to rich chocolate cake. Layer on our creamy Chocolate Malt Frosting, then sprinkle with malted milk ball pieces and serve.

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    Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes

    With ten easy ingredients, a delightful soufflelike texture, and indulgent chocolate ganache, this simple chocolate cake recipe is a chocolate-lover's dream.

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    German Chocolate Cake

    It's hard to beat a classic -- especially when that classic is a not-from-a-box, mouthwatering German Chocolate Cake.

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    Dark Chocolate Cake with Coconut Macaroon Filling

    This moist cake has a secret ingredient: bourbon. But the star of the dessert is the coconut filling. Yum.

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    Best-Ever Chocolate Cake

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

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    Hot Cocoa Brownie Cake with Marshmallow Frosting

    You're only four ingredients away from chocolaty bliss with a quick and easy cake inspired by the classic winter drink. Top it off with our airy Marshmallow-Coffee Frosting for an irresistible finish.

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    Chocolate-Lover's Cake

    A heavenly chocolate butter frosting tops the ultimate chocolate cake.

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    Best Chocolate Cake Ever: Chocolate Sour Cream Cake with Fudgy Frosting

    Try this fudgy chocolate cake recipe for your next special occasion. Watch to get our step-by-step process for making the delicious dessert.

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    Dark Chocolate-Raspberry Cakes

    The made-for-each-other pairing of raspberries and dark chocolate is the inspiration for these mini cakes. And because they're baked in muffin tins, they're easy to make, too.

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    Chocolate and Vanilla Red Velvet Cake

    The sweet combination of Mascarpone-Vanilla Bean Filling, colorful red velvet cake, and decadent chocolate ganache frosting makes this dessert as delicious as it looks.

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    Malted Chocolate Bundt Cake with Chocolate Glaze

    Chopped malted milk balls hint at the moist cake's subtle malt taste. But what really stands out is the rich chocolate flavor of both the cake and glaze.

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    One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

    Just toss everything in a bowl and bake this chocolatey cake. OK, there's slightly more to it than that, but not much! This cake recipe is super easy and even more delicious.

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    Black Forest Cake Roll

    Brandied cherries, airy cream filling, decadent ganache, and four kinds of chocolate add up to an edible masterpiece. Top with a pretty milk chocolate drizzle and a dusting of chocolate shards, then slice.

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    Brownie Pudding Cake

    The secret's out: Some of us love cake batter more than cake itself. With a dessert that's part fluffy cake and part gooey pudding, there's no need to compromise. Spoon it into bowls and serve with ice cream.

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    Molten Chocolate Cakes

    With just eight ingredients and five steps, these fudgy chocolate cakes are deceptively easy to make. And true to their name, they're perfectly soft on the outside and melty on the inside.

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    Chocolaty Harvest Fruit-Topped Cake

    Cozy up to a praiseworthy cake that's overflowing with chocolate pieces and cocoa powder. Spices like black pepper and nutmeg add complexity, while layers of fruit and caramel sauce sweeten the deal.

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    Boca Negra Mini Cakes

    These Mexican-inspired flourless chocolate cakes boast plenty of baking chocolate and a few unique flavors, such as adobo sauce and orange juice. Like flan, they bake in individual ramekins in a water-filled pan for that ultra-gooey texture.

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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.

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    Double-Layer White Chocolate Cake

    Just because you're making a chocolate cake doesn't mean it has to be dark or milk chocolate. Our white chocolate cake recipe boasts two layers of cake with a white chocolate frosting spread in the middle.

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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.

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    Chocolate Cake How-To: Make a Layer Cake

    Learn how to make a layer cake with this quick video from our experts in the Test Kitchen.

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    Quick Chocolate Cake

    With just five minutes of prep time, you can put this easy chocolate cake recipe together in a hurry. Serve it warm with a scoop of ice cream.

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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.

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    Chocolate-Cherry Stack Cake

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

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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 a mid-morning treat.

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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.

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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 mix. A rich, chocolaty icing adds a sweet finishing touch.

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    Whole Wheat Chocolate-Blueberry Cake

    An easy sauce of blended blueberries and light whipped dessert topping dresses this decadent chocolate cake recipe made from scratch.

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    Mini Cocoa Cakes

    The only downside to these adorable bite-size chocolate cakes? You might have to eat more than one. They bake up extra rich with sour cream and cocoa powder, then get sprinkled with fun toppers like cinnamon candies and peanut brittle.

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    Bourbon-Chocolate Tipsy Cake

    Espresso deepens the chocolaty flavor of this rich fluted-tube cake.

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    Layered Chocolate-Zabaglione Cream Cakes

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

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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 on top, giving this cake its "upside-down" name.

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    The best part about cake pops, or "cake on a stick," is the ability to customize them any way you want. Whether you want red velvet cake pops, white cake pops, or chocolate cake pops, all it takes is a crumbled cake and frosting to do the trick. Cake pops are the perfect bite-size dessert for weddings, birthdays, and holiday parties.
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