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15 Craveworthy Chocolate Cakes Recipes (Because You Deserve to Eat Cake)

There’s no arguing: chocolate cake is always a good idea. Whether you like your cake rich, fudgy, and sweet to pair with a glass of milk, or light and flourless with a simple frosting, there are so many different ways to indulge your chocolate craving.

January 27th is National Chocolate Cake Day and Valentine’s right around the corner, so we decided now’s the perfect time to put together a list of irresistible chocolate cake recipes to whip up in your own kitchen. Make one for a loved one or make one for yourself. Better yet, make both!

The ‘I Want Chocolate Cake’ Cake

i want chocolate cake cake

If there ever was a recipe name that echoed our love for the perfect chocolate cake, this would be it.

This ‘I Want Chocolate Cake’ cake recipe is straight forward, delicious, and sure to satisfy that chocolate craving.

Calling for some standard cake ingredients, this cake features a simple chocolate frosting and rainbow sprinkles to top it all off.

Find the full recipe at Smitten Kitchen

Ultimate Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting

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Rich, fudgy, creamy, ultra-moist, and oh-so decadent, this ultimate chocolate cake recipe pulls out all the stops.

The cake itself uses buttermilk to achieve that moist texture, while the fudge frosting is a mouthwatering combination of Dutch processed cocoa powder and dark chocolate.

Bake your batter in 2 8-inch cake pans or divide it up into cupcakes. Either way, you’ll want a glass of milk to go with this cake!

Find the full recipe at Love & Olive Oil

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake

greek yogurt chocolate cake

The more you cook with Greek yogurt, the more you realize just how versatile of an ingredient it really is!

In this chocolate cake recipe, Greek yogurt provides a subtle tangy punch that balances out sweet chocolate particularly well.

This recipe calls for you to bake your cake in a bundt pan, but you can always opt for a round cake pan if that’s what you have on hand.

Find the full recipe at Gimme Some Oven

Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake with Blood Oranges

Here’s a chocolate cake that’s perfect for celebrating winter citrus season!

Coffee, fresh orange juice, zest, orange liquor, vanilla, butter, and cocoa powder are all combined and simmered to create a sweet and chocolatey base for your cake.

It’s all topped off with a simple chocolate ganache icing and a tangy blood orange syrup.

Find the full recipe at Feasting at Home

Sourdough Chocolate Cake

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Now here’s a unique twist on a classic chocolate cake: the addition of a sourdough starter! Don’t worry — it won’t taste sour, but it will help elevate the overall flavor of the chocolate.

You’ll need a cup of sourdough starter, so you’ll either need to start developing your own or look to a friend or family member that might have one you can take off their hands!

This cake is topped off with an espresso frosting and chocolate drizzle!

Find the full recipe at King Arthur Flour

Vegan Chocolate Cake with Fluffy White Frosting

vegan chocolate cake

Living a plant-based lifestyle? You know we wouldn’t forget to include a vegan-friendly chocolate cake!

In this recipe, aquafaba and mashed bananas serve to replace eggs, while non-dairy milk fills the role of traditional dairy milk.

It’s all finished off with a smooth ‘butter’cream frosting.

Find the full recipe at Welcome to the Table

Better Together Chocolate Vanilla Birthday Cake

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If you’re torn between chocolate and vanilla cake, why not both?

This cake really is the best of both worlds: it features a layer of vanilla cake sandwiched between two layers of chocolate cake, all finished off with both vanilla and chocolate buttercream.

Bake this cake for a loved one’s birthday, or make it just because!

Find the full recipe at Half Baked Harvest

Upgraded German Chocolate Cake

german chocolate cake

If you’ve got a hankering for chocolate cake with a little extra oomph, consider German chocolate cake!

A flavorful filling of coconut and pecan is nestled between 3 layers of rich chocolate cake before being topped with a simple chocolate buttercream.

Take the decorating to the next level with some fancy frosting piping and a sprinkling of shredded coconut.

Find the full recipe at Sally’s Baking Addiction

Molten Chocolate Cakes

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Craving cake but not in the mood to bake an entire 8-inch multi-layered masterpiece? Consider these individual-sized molten lava cakes!

A simple cake batter of flour, eggs, sugar, butter, and chocolate is poured into small ramekins before being cooked to ooey-gooey perfection.

Top your molten lava cakes with a dusting of powder sugar and some fresh berries.

Find the full recipe at Once Upon a Chef

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cake

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Featuring notes of cinnamon, chili powder, marshmallow, and of course chocolate, this cake is inspired by the spicy-sweet flavor of Mexican hot chocolate.

The frosting itself is a simple vanilla frosting, while the chocolate ganache is drizzled on top for an extra layer of chocolate.

Top it all off with some of our vanilla bean marshmallows for an extra hot chocolate-inspired decoration!

Find the full recipe at King Arthur Baking

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By: Leigha

LeighaLeigha is the Marketing Assistant at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op.