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 494
Birthday? Anniversary? Going-away party? This super-easy, one-bowl layer cake is the perfect dessert for any gathering of chocolate buffs.

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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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.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Rating: 3.64 stars 1087
Chocolate lovers will adore this dessert. The edges and top develop a delicately crisp crust while the center remains moist and fudgy.

Chocolate Cake

Rating: 3.67 stars 584
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

Rating: 3.78 stars 1726
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.

Triple-Chocolate Cheesecake

Rating: 3.65 stars 631
An American-born beauty, the cheesecake gets upgraded with a triple dose of chocolate. It's in the crust, in the filling, and over the top. To help prevent cracks, turn off the oven and let the cheesecake sit inside for an hour. To cut the cleanest slices, use a knife dipped in warm water.

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.

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.

Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cakes

Rating: 3.51 stars 642
With three shades of chocolate, these cakes are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the sweet tooth.

Flourless Chocolate-Almond Cake

Made with dark chocolate and almond flour, this special occasion-worthy cake is surprisingly light and airy thanks to the addition of egg whites and just happens to be gluten-free. Serve with whipped creme fraiche and a tumble of fresh raspberries.

Chocolate Beet Cake

Rating: 3.65 stars 208
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

26 Chocolate Wedding Cake Ideas That Will Blow Your Guests' Minds
From mini chocolate cupcakes to show-stopping chocolate cake masterpieces, these recipes bring the beloved flavor to any wedding event.

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.