31 Decadent Chocolate Cake Recipes

Perfect for Any Celebration

Easy Chocolate Cake

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Say the words "chocolate cake" and watch young and old faces alike light up with smiles. Whether you're baking one for a birthday party, looking for an elegant dinner party dessert, or want to treat yourself and your family to something special and indulgent, these decadent treats are guaranteed to be a hit.

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    Classic and Easy Chocolate Cake

    Classic and Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe

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    Get step-by-step instructions for creating the perfect, classic, moist, and fudgy two-layer chocolate cake with creamy chocolate frosting. It's the perfect dessert for birthday parties, housewarming events, and other times family and friends gather to celebrate.

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    Black Forest Cake

    Black Forest Cake

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    German Black Forest cake is an irresistible combination of airy chocolate sponge cake, rich cherry filling, and layers of whipped cream. Learn to make it with this recipe, that tops the classic dessert with maraschino cherries and three kinds of chocolate curls, for an outstanding presentation.

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    Sour Cream Devil's Food Cake

    Sour Cream Devil's Food Cake

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Devil's food cake is a little bit naughty, and very nice, especially when enjoyed with a tall, cold glass of milk. This classic chocolate cake recipe has an extra-fluffy texture, thanks to a mixture of cocoa powder and hot water in the batter, plus sour cream for added moistness.

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    Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake With Glaze

    Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake With Glaze

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    Wow your book club or dinner party group with this grown-up chocolate cake that makes a decadent after-dinner treat. Intensely rich dark chocolate cake is baked in a bundt pan, then smothered with a smooth, bittersweet chocolate glaze.

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    Vegan Mexican Chocolate Cake

    Vegan Mexican Chocolate Cake

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    Inspired by Mexican hot chocolate, this scrumptious, vegan-friendly cake includes cinnamon and cayenne along with cocoa powder in the batter, for a chocolate dessert with a spicy finish on the palate. It is also dairy-free, egg-free, and cholesterol-free.

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    Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake

    Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Molten chocolate cake with a flowing, warm, lava-like center is a delightfully rich and gooey treat. Make it easily in the instant pot, and serve it for dessert to impress invited guests, or someone special at a romantic dinner for two. Top it with the included raspberry sauce recipe for an extra bit of decadence.

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    Chocolate Banana Cake

    Chocolate Banana Cake

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    Kids will go bananas for this chocolate banana cake that is gorgeous and rich enough to impress adults, too. Mashed bananas in the batter make the cake super-moist and flavorful. Frost with cream cheese icing or classic chocolate frosting.

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    One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

    One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

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    Bake up a crowd-pleasing cake that is even better for not cluttering your kitchen with a mountain of dishes. Just one bowl is needed for this genius recipe that produces a sumptuous, two-layer chocolate cake that you can finish with your choice of store-bought or homemade frosting.

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    Red Velvet Chocolate Cake

    Red Velvet Chocolate Cake

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    Luscious red velvet cake is a chocolately treat that is as visually impressive on your sweets table, or at your bake sale event, as it is good to eat. This classic recipe produces two layers of mouth-watering, deep red-tinted chocolate cake, that are filled and frosted with delectable, tangy cream cheese icing.

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    Ho Ho Cake

    Ho Ho Cake

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    A favorite lunch-box treat, Ho Ho chocolate snack cakes have been around a long time, and this chocolate-coated cake pinwheel with creamy filling is easy enough to make at home, although on a larger scale. Like other jelly roll recipes, the chocolate sponge is spread with a vanilla whipped cream and rolled up into a log. Once coated with the shiny chocolate ganache, it looks just like the famous Hostess dessert we all know and love.

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    Chocolate Pound Cake

    Chocolate Pound Cake

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    If you have never tried chocolate pound cake, what are you waiting for? This cake is moist, full of flavor, and can be enjoyed simply as a special treat with your afternoon cup of tea or coffee. Or, serve it for dessert, drizzled with chocolate glaze, spooned over with warm fruit sauce, or sprinkled with powdered sugar.

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    Football Cake

    Football Cake

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    Bake a football cake for game day or a sports fan's birthday. The technique to create this football-shaped dessert is brilliantly simple and requires nothing more than a standard round cake pan and a knife. Underneath the layer of chocolate frosting is a delicious chocolate cake, and the green "grass" is simply dyed coconut flakes.

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    Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    With a cream cheese pound cake batter, this chocolate chip cookie cake isn't the chocolatiest option, but it's still delicious. The recipe is fun and simple, with layers of cake batter sandwiched between crisp chocolate chip cookie crumbles. It's baked in a tube pan, which creates a beautiful cake to set on the table.

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    Chocolate Mint Cake

    Chocolate Mint Cake

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    Start with a cake mix to make this sweet, refreshing chocolate mint cake that kids and adults alike will enjoy. It is filled with chopped mint candies, and topped with a delightful, mint-infused cream cheese frosting. Makes great cupcakes, too!

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    Mississippi Mud Cake

    Mississippi Mud Cake

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    Coconut, pecans, marshmallow, and chocolate come together for this easy Mississippi mud sheet cake. It's like a delicious candy bar and a cake melded together to make a delicious dessert.

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    Flourless Chocolate Cake

    Flourless Chocolate Cake

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    Elegant flourless chocolate cake is a restaurant-favorite, wheat-free dessert that everyone can enjoy at home with this simple recipe. It has a wonderfully dense, fudgey texture, with a pleasing hint of caramel flavor from brown sugar.

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    Chocolate Zucchini Cake

    Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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    Sneak extra nutrition into kids with this chocolate zucchini snacking cake that is as yummy as it is healthy. They will never notice the zucchini inside, which adds a terrific, moist texture to the cake. Cocoa and cinnamon add lovely flavor, and optional pecans contribute a wonderful crunch.

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    Decadent Scotch Chocolate Cake

    Decadent Scotch Chocolate Cake

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    Bring this Scotch chocolate sheet cake to your next potluck or buffet party, and prepare for compliments! The cake has a creamy, nicely-spiced flavor, and the included scrumptious coconut-pecan frosting is out of this world.

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    Beer Cake

    Beer Cake

    Kristina Vanni

    Chocolate and dark beer are a natural pairing, and they come together to make a moist and delicious beer cake. The batter includes chopped cherries and walnuts and the beer helps give the cake lift. A little beer is added to the chocolate icing for flavor.

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    Chocolate Microwave Mug Cake

    Chocolate Microwave Mug Cake

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Craving chocolate cake, but short on time? In only 5 minutes, you can whip up a mug-full of brownie-like chocolate cake, with baking ingredients commonly stocked in the pantry. If you love molten lava cake, undercook the cake a little, to leave the center gooey and warm.

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    Triple Layer Ice Water Chocolate Cake With Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

    Triple Layer Ice Water Chocolate Cake With Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

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    Your family and friends will love digging their forks into thick, luxurious, triple-layer chocolate cake with a wonderful made-from-scratch taste. It is finished with a delicious homemade chocolate cream cheese frosting that is sure to earn you rave reviews.

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    Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

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    Win your next bake sale with this cute, yummy chocolate chip cookie cake that would also make a great kids' birthday party dessert. It is easier to make than individual chocolate chip cookies, and so much fun to slice and eat!

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    Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake

    Gluten-Free German Chocolate Cake

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    Going gluten-free doesn't have to mean missing out on chocolate cake. With this clever baking recipe that uses rice flour you get to bake your cake and eat it, too! German's sweet chocolate is recommended, to produce an extra-sweet cake, but you could use semi-sweet baker's chocolate in its place.

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    Chocolate Layer Cake With Coconut Pecan Frosting

    Chocolate Layer Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting

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    Homemade chocolate layer cake is a wonderful treat, and this recipe takes it to the next level, filling and frosting the layers with an insanely tasty, sweet, and crunchy coconut-pecan icing. German's sweet chocolate and tangy buttermilk in the batter also make this an especially decadent dessert that is suitable for special occasions.

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    Vegan Tofu Chocolate Cake

    Vegan Tofu Chocolate Cake

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    Vegan guests can enjoy this guilt-free chocolate cake that replaces the usual butter and eggs with silken tofu and almond milk, with a little maple syrup for added sweetness. The result is a delicious, dense cake that is suitable for vegan diets.

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    Chocolate Raspberry Cake With Chocolate Ganache

    Easy Chocolate Raspberry Cake With Chocolate Ganache

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    A cake mix is a great shortcut for making this elegant chocolate raspberry bundt cake that bursts with fruity flavor from raspberry jam and optional raspberry-flavored liqueur. A recipe for heavenly chocolate ganache frosting is included, but you could also finish it with cream cheese icing, if you like.

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    Easy Chocolate Turtle Cake

    Easy Chocolate Turtle Cake

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    Easy chocolate turtle cake starts with a time-saving cake mix, and includes a sweet, gooey caramel layer and crunchy pecans at its center. The outside is finished with smooth, buttery chocolate frosting, for an indulgently sweet treat.

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    Ding Dong Cake

    Ding Dong Cake

     Kristina Vanni

    This recipe takes one of the classic chocolate individual-sized lunch box desserts and turns it into a full cake. The result is a decadent dessert that is sure to impress. Moist chocolate layers are sandwiched between a cream filling that is reminiscent of the original, and the entire cake is coated in a shiny chocolate glaze.

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    Chocolate "Texas" Sheet Cake With Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting

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    Texas sheet cake is a moist chocolate cake with buttermilk added to the batter, for tangy flavor and moistness. Use the included recipe for chocolate buttermilk frosting to ice the cake, and sprinkle chopped pecans over top, if you like, as a traditional finishing touch that adds great crunch.

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    Chocolate Pudding Crock Pot Cake

    Chocolate Pudding Crockpot Cake

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    Use your crockpot to whip up this easy, delicious chocolate pudding cake. It is made with cocoa and plenty of brown sugar, and cooks in a few hours as you do other things, so you can enjoy it as a warm, gooey treat at the end of your day.

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    Chocolate Mousse Meringue Layer Cake

    Chocolate Mousse Meringue Layer Cake

    Paula Shoyer

    This airy, bakery-style chocolate mousse cake is so indulgent-tasting, you won't believe it is dairy-free! Layers of chocolate mousse and meringue add up to a special dessert you can feel proud to serve at dinner parties, and holiday events.