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 turn a basic night into an indulgent one. From a classic chocolate cake to a molten chocolate cake recipe to our favorite flourless chocolate cake, we have something for everyone. You'll want to save room for a second slice.


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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.

    • Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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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      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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      German Chocolate-Nut Cake

      The best German chocolate cake recipe doesn't have to be the original. Our version is extra indulgent with a generous helping of Toasted Coconut-Pecan Caramel Sauce and plenty of nuts, so you might want to save room for seconds.

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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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      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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      Double Chocolate Cake

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

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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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      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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      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-Lover's Cake

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

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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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      Bourbon-Chocolate Tipsy Cake

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

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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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      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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      Chocolate Lava Cake Recipes

      Whether you call them molten chocolate cakes, chocolate pudding cakes, or chocolate lava cakes, one thing's for certain: These warm and decadent desserts are brimming with melty chocolate goodness that's delicious to the last bite.
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