Our 13 Best Chocolate Cake Recipes To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

You'll never want to use boxed cake mix again

A good chocolate cake is a must-have in your repertoire, whether you’re making it for a special occasion or for a simple weeknight treat. Most of these chocolate desserts pair nicely with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream to cut the richness. But richness is, after all, the appeal of chocolate cakes, and there are few things more satisfying than taking your first bite of these decadent, chocolate-y desserts. With these recipes, you might even be craving chocolate cake for breakfast. Whether your taste tends toward a simple slice with fudge icing or a more elaborate molten-filled construction, our best chocolate cake recipes will satisfy the sweet tooth of all the chocolate lovers in your life.

Classic Smith Island Cake

Classic Smith Island Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

A North Fork Valley favorite in zucchini season, this moist chocolate cake gets its moistness from buttermilk.

Milk Chocolate and Coffee Cake

This milk chocolate–butter cake is enhanced with a full 2 tbsp. of espresso powder and topped with a brown sugar–almond crumble. Get the recipe for Milk Chocolate and Coffee Cake »

New Orleans Doberge Cake

New Orleans Doberge Cake

Swedish “Gooey” Chocolate Cake (Kladdkaka)

Swedish “Gooey” Chocolate Cake

Molten Chocolate Cake »

Molten Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake with Fudge Icing

Editorial assistant Zainab Shah adapted this moist chocolate cake with dense, fudgy icing from her mother’s trusted recipe. Get the recipe for Chocolate Cake with Fudge Icing »

Very Moist Chocolate Layer Cake

Three velvety layers sandwiched with thick dark chocolate icing make a decadent, crowd-pleasing dessert. Get the recipe for Very Moist Chocolate Layer Cake »

Black Forest Cake

This classic German cake, a masterpiece of cherry brandy-soaked pastry engineering, improves the longer it sits. Get the recipe for Black Forest Cake »

Chocolate Cupcakes with Goat Cheese Frosting

Softened goat cheese adds a delightful tang to these sweet chocolate cupcakes. Get the recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes with Goat Cheese Frosting »

Sour Chocolate Cake

This cinnamony chocolate cake was a staple at the now-closed Half-a-Hill Tavern in Greene County, Missouri, in the heart of the Ozark Mountains. It gets a pleasing tang from vinegar, and a moist, light crumb thanks to shortening in the batter. Get the recipe for Sour Chocolate Cake »

Heaven and Hell Cake

This rich, multilayered dessert of angel food and devil’s food cake, peanut butter mousse, and milk chocolate ganache should be frozen before icing is added and refrigerated before it’s sliced. Get the recipe for Heaven and Hell Cake »

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies