Chocolate Cake Recipes

Our chocolate cake recipes include: easy one-bowl recipes, tiered cakes with frostings and fillings, mini cupcakes, Texas sheet cake, as well as gluten-free chocolate cakes and vegan chocolate cake.

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One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

Rating: 3.69 stars
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Birthday? Anniversary? Going-away party? This super-easy, one-bowl layer cake is the perfect dessert for any gathering of chocolate buffs.

Chocolate-Raspberry Cake

This beauty is baked with a splash of Chambord and layered with a sweet raspberry filling, both of which offer bright counterpoints to the thick layer of chocolate-cream cheese frosting and whole berries scattered on top. You won't be able to have just one slice.

Salted-Caramel Six-Layer Chocolate Cake

Rating: 3.78 stars
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If you don't own a candy thermometer, this cake offers a good excuse to buy one. It sounds a little nitpicky, but the caramel should reach exactly 238 degrees. (Any less and the cake layers won't hold together properly; any more and the caramel will turn hard.) Precision will also pay off with the chocolate frosting—it achieves its ideal spreading texture after standing for 30 minutes.

Chocolate Cake

Rating: 3.67 stars
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Baking an easy dessert like this chocolate cake can be almost as thrilling for a birthday girl or boy as blowing out the candles. 

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Rating: 3.64 stars
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Chocolate lovers will adore this dessert. The edges and top develop a delicately crisp crust while the center remains moist and fudgy.

Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cakes

Rating: 3.51 stars
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With three shades of chocolate, these cakes are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the sweet tooth.

German Chocolate Bundt Cake

German chocolate cake is defined by its iconic coconut-pecan frosting; for this recipe, we've bucked tradition and tucked it inside of this Bundt cake instead. Here's the trick: Transfer the batter to the pan, then spoon on the gooey goodness—we used a small ice cream scoop for easy release and evenly distributed dollops. It settles into the middle while baking, so when you cut through that glossy ganache, a scrumptious surprise awaits.
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Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake

Rating: 3.31 stars
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This stunner is a naturally gluten-free cake that has a smooth, ultra-rich texture. Packed with decadent dark chocolate and espresso, it's like the mocha latte of your dreams in dessert form. And we haven't even gotten to its best selling point: this cake is super easy to pull together, with only eight basic pantry ingredients and three simple steps. 

Chocolate-Zucchini Sheet Cake with Cream-Cheese Frosting

Just the thing for that bumper crop of zucchini! It keeps this party-ready sheet cake super moist, while two types of chocolate -- semisweet chunks and cocoa powder -- deliver big flavor. Top with tangy-cream cheese frosting, and if you want make the dessert a real showstopper, sugared zucchini blossoms.

Belgian Chocolate Birthday Cake

This luscious chocolate-hazelnut cake is coated with a ganache made from chocolate and cream. It's topped with a mountain of bittersweet chocolate curls, and surrounded by crunchy praline hazelnuts coated in tempered chocolate and rolled in cocoa powder.

Texas Sheet Cake

This crowd-pleaser is moist, dense, and ultra-chocolaty. Lift it out of the pan with its parchment-paper liner, so the shiny chocolate glaze is free to drizzle down the sides.

Chocolate Beet Cake

Rating: 3.65 stars
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You won't taste the pureed beets, but they make this cake extra moist and play up its deep chocolate flavor.
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Inspiration and Ideas


Devil's Food Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting

Rating: 3.72 stars
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This devilishly delicious, light and airy, all-occasion cake recipe was adapted from "Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook," and the frosting recipe is courtesy of Matt Lewis of Baked.