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Dark Chocolate Cakes

A king of the dessert table, dark-chocolate cake is a dense cake that offers an intense chocolate experience, usually completed with ganache frosting. Consult our more classic dark-chocolate cake recipes -- like Martha Stewart’s classic dark-chocolate cake with ganache frosting -- or consider new twists on the dessert favorite, such as our dark-chocolate crepe cake with hazelnut filling.

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Lollipop sticks may be the best thing to happen to cake since frosting. Ride the cake pop-ularity wave with our easy, no-bake version, which relies on store-bought pound cake and melted chocolate. These kid-friendly cake pops make an ideal canvas for festive details. For Halloween, try orange and black sprinkles or your favorite trick-or-treat candies.

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Horizontal slices of rich brownie cake make dramatic stripes in this striking frozen dessert, which features all the fixings of an old-fashioned sundae -- and then some. Two kinds of ice cream -- vanilla and strawberry -- are used as the fillings, along with crunchy peanut butter and crushed raspberries. Everything is layered in a loaf pan before freezing, slicing, and serving -- with whipped cream, sugared peanuts, and cherries on top.

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Our version of the German specialty is wonderfully left to the elements, rather than shrouded in whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Tow layers of chocolate sponge cake (or genoise) -- brushed with a creme de cassis syrup � sandwich chocolate-ganache glaze, whipped cream, and fresh blackberries (a no-pitting-required swap for cherries). The toppings? More ganache glaze and a pile of berries.

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These little cakes are our new go-to dessert, for so many reasons. They're fast and easy (though they don't look it), and they're great for company or just whenever you need a chocolate fix (pretty much every afternoon). Serve them plain, or topped with a bit of ganache and a sprinkling of pistachios or (our favorite) flaky sea salt.