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
This impressive layer cake consists of 10 thin cake layers sandwiches with an old-fashioned chocolate fudge icing. Get the recipe for Classic Smith Island Cake »Ryan Liebe | Food Styling Mariana Velasquez

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake
A North Fork Valley favorite in zucchini season, this moist chocolate cake gets its moistness from buttermilk. Get the recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Cake »Farideh Sadeghin

Milk Chocolate and Coffee Cake

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 »Matt Taylor-Gross

New Orleans Doberge Cake

New Orleans Doberge Cake
This version of the classic NOLA dessert combines a rich buttermilk cake with both lemon curd and chocolate fillings, surrounded by a vanilla German buttercream and ganache. Get the recipe for New Orleans Doberge Cake »Ryan Liebe | Food Styling Mariana Velasquez

Swedish "Gooey" Chocolate Cake (Kladdkaka)

Swedish "Gooey" Chocolate Cake
Chef Magnus Nilsson's wife likes to serve this beloved Swedish cake, similar to a fudgy American brownie, chilled, but it's just as good piping hot from the pan with a scoop of ice cream. Melting the butter in this recipe first and then stirring it with the other ingredients helps ensure that as little air as possible gets incorporated into the batter. The result: a gooey, more moist cake. Get the recipe for Swedish "Gooey" Chocolate Cake »Magnus Nilsson

Molten Chocolate Cake

Molten Chocolate Cake
Intensely chocolatey with a molten truffle chocolate center, these small cakes are based on chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's signature dessert. Get the recipe for Molten Chocolate Cake »Laura Sant

Chocolate Cake with Fudge Icing

Chocolate Cake Recipe
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 »Laura Sant

Very Moist Chocolate Layer Cake

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 »Todd Coleman

Black Forest 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 »Todd Coleman

Chocolate Cupcakes with Goat Cheese Frosting

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 »Farideh Sadeghin

Sour Chocolate Cake

Ozark 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 »Penny De Los Santos

Heaven and Hell 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 »Matt Taylor-Gross

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
These rich, chocolate chocolate chip cookies are thick, chewy, and perfect with a cup of coffee. Get the recipe for Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies »Farideh Sadeghin