Salted-Caramel Six-Layer Chocolate Cake
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.
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Chocolate lovers will adore this dessert. The edges and top develop a delicately crisp crust while the center remains moist and fudgy.
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.
Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake
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.