25 Chocolate Cakes You’ll Bake Again and Again

From birthday dinners to school bake sales, a chocolate cake never disappoints — which means you’re going to need a few recipes that you can rely on. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorites. Whether you’re looking for a sheet cake topped with rich chocolate ganache, a fudgy torte or a good, old-fashioned layer cake piled high with fluffy frosting, these sweet treats are sure to please.

July 13, 2021

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Devil's Food Cake with Chocolate-Sour Cream Frosting

Beat sour cream and a splash of coffee into melted chocolate for an outrageous frosting for rich chocolate cake.

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Black Forest Cake

Some historians trace this famous cherry-chocolate cake (called Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte in German) back to the 16th century, but it was most likely named and popularized by German baker Josef Keller in 1915 Germans take their world-famous dessert seriously: The cake was granted protected status by the European Commission in 2013, meaning that for a dessert to be sold as a Black Forest Cake, it must contain Black Forest kirsch, a brandy made from local cherries.

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Chocolate Pound Cake

Trisha's crowd-pleasing chocolate pound cake couldn't be simpler to make. It relies on just a handful of basic ingredients — and doesn't require you to make any frosting.

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The Best Chocolate Cake

This is not your everyday chocolate cake. It's a showstopper — very tall and much more of a bakery-style cake than a cake from a box. The frosting has both melted chocolate for smoothness and cocoa for depth of flavor.

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Chocolate Strawberry Cake

Take chocolate-covered strawberries to a whole new level by baking the ingredients into a decadent cake. And don't stop there! Garnish your creation with more strawberries and drizzled semisweet and white chocolate for a true celebration of this perfect flavor pairing.

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Mini Chocolate Loaf Cakes

This easy-to-make mini chocolate loaves get their richness from Dutch process cocoa and a touch of sour cream.

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Chocolate Cake for Two

One thin layer of chocolate cake becomes a decadent dessert for two in this easy recipe. Serve with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream for a creamy and delicious slice of layer cake.

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Creme-Filled Chocolate Bundt Cake

Everything you remember about the iconic Hostess Cupcake is here, from the chocolatey icing with the white loopy swirl to the fluffy cream filling inside.

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Chocolate Cake with Mocha Frosting

Chocolate and coffee make the perfect pair when you're baking. All it takes is a touch of espresso powder or strong-brewed coffee in either your cake or frosting (or both!) and you'll instantly enhance the rich, chocolately flavor of your finished treat.

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Beatty's Chocolate Cake

Ina's fan-favorite chocolate cake has thousands of 5-star reviews. Fans rave that this is their "go-to cake" and that promise that it will "melt in your mouth". The secret? Buttermilk to keep the cake tender and coffee to enhance the chocolate flavor!

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Layered Chocolate Mousse Cake

This layered chocolate cake makes for a delectable bite of dense chocolate brownie and light-as-air mousse.

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Microwave Chocolate Pudding Cake

Brown sugar in the batter of this classic fudgy cake makes it extra rich and gooey. Since baking it in the microwave doesn't heat up the kitchen, the cake makes a great summer treat, topped with vanilla (or your favorite) ice cream. The longer the cake cools, the more the pudding is absorbed.

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German Chocolate Cake

This chocolatey classic is all about the coconut filling. We like ours with a cooked custard so it is extra rich and creamy. Made with cocoa powder and semisweet chocolate, the cake has a light texture and a light chocolate flavor. Semisweet chocolate also flavors the simply delicious ganache frosting.

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Chocolate Cherry Candy Cake

Cordials of chocolate-covered cherries, a classic "box of chocolates" staple, inspired this delicate cake, filled with a candied cherry mousse and covered in rich chocolate ganache.

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Big Chocolate Birthday Cake

This towering masterpiece is made from 4 layers each of fudgy cake and frosting. It makes the perfect birthday cake — but we'd gladlly eat a slice any day of the year!

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Flourless Chocolate Cake

This gluten-free cake can be enjoyed at room temperature, but chilling it transforms the texture, making it deliciously dense.

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Chocolate Biscuit Cake

This classic British icebox cake (or fridge cake, as the Brits say) is made out of McVitie's biscuits and lots of chocolate. The cake is also said to be a favorite of Queen Elizabeth, who likes eating a slice with her afternoon tea.

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Childhood Chocolate Cake

That chocolate layer cake with fluffy vanilla frosting that you remember your grandmother making when you were young? This cake is the very same. It takes a bit of work to make one at home but when you're done you'll have an old-fashioned treat that's full of nostalgia — and rich, chocolatey flavor.

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Chocolate Beer Cake

Stout's malty and roasted cocoa notes are enhanced in this cake with the addition of malted milk powder and Dutch-process cocoa — plus a syrup made with more stout. This sheet cake makes an ideal birthday cake for a grown-up (served with a few pints, of course!).

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The Best Chocolate Lava Cakes

Go ahead and indulge in these perfectly rich and dreamy chocolate lava cakes! Bittersweet chocolate and espresso powder create a luscious and balanced batter that stays molten in the center during baking.

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Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Mayonnaise (yes, mayonnaise) steps in for oil and butter as the tenderizer and flavor-enhancer in this retro frosted layer cake. And it does a wonderful job; no one will ever detect that it's your secret ingredient.

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Sacher Torte

One day in 1832 when Austrian diplomat Klemens von Metternich demanded that his kitchen create a dessert to impress visiting dignitaries, his chef was out sick. Franz Sacher, a 16-year-old kitchen apprentice, used what he had on hand to create what would become the most well-known Viennese dessert: a dark chocolate sponge cake with apricot jam.

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Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Ree's decadent cake-for-one is ready in minutes. Simply put your ingredients into a microwave-safe mug, stir and bake (in the microwave!). You'll be enjoying warm chocolate cake in no time.

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Decadent Chocolate Cake

This moist and delicious bakery-style cake is extra rich, thanks to a healthy dose of melted bittersweet chocolate in the frosting.

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Slow Cooker Gooey Brownie Cake

This easy-to-make cake has the best parts of a soft, warm brownie: gooey on the inside and slightly crisp around the edges. It takes almost no time to prep and gives you the excuse to use your slow cooker for something sweet.

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