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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Chocolate Sprinkle Sheet Cake

A light chocolate cake is not a contradiction in terms; it's a splendid anytime snack. Here, some of the flour in our basic recipe is replaced with a half-cup of cocoa powder for a deep chocolate flavor. Sour cream creates a tender crumb, and buttercream frosting gets whipped until airy with an electric mixer. Last but by no means least: Sprinkles make everything joyous. 

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.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

This sweet and simple sheet cake marries two great flavors that just plain belong together: rich and tender chocolate cake, and creamy peanut-butter frosting. For maximum fluff, go for a classic smooth variety of peanut butter, and plug in your mixer—manpower alone won't be enough. Scatter chopped peanuts along the edges for any crunchy fans in the house.

Martha's Warm Chocolate Pudding Cakes

There's something extra-special about an individually sized dessert -- especially when it's a molten chocolate cake served warm out of the oven. You can prepare these rich chocolate pudding cakes up to a day ahead and refrigerate them, then just pop them in the oven when you sit down to dinner. They'll be done by the time you're ready for dessert. And they reheat easily, so you can have two one night and two the next. This recipe appears in our cookbook "Martha Stewart's Newlywed Kitchen" (Clarkson Potter).

Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake

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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. 

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

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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.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

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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.

Chocolate Cake

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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. 

Salted-Caramel Six-Layer Chocolate Cake

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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.

Vegan Chocolate Cake

Who says vegan desserts can't be decadent? The bottom layer of this two-tier chocolate cake is covered with mocha icing, while the top is blanketed with ganache.

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.

Mini Heart-Shaped Cake

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This recipe for mini heart-shaped cakes, courtesy of Matt Lewis from Baked, makes the perfect treat for your special someone on Valentine's Day.

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Molten Chocolate-Espresso Cakes

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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.