50 Chocolate Cakes That Get Better With Each Bite

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
PHOTO: ALISON MIKSCH; PROP STYLING: MARY CLAYTON CARL; FOOD STYLING: MARY-CLAIRE BRITTON

If you think the first bite of chocolate cake is the best, then you haven’t tried these irresistible delights. Covered with frostings and drizzles and enhanced with special, chocolate-boosting ingredients, these chocolate cakes reveal their rich and nuanced flavors more and more with each bite. From our Classic Pound Cake to a dairy-free Chocolate Coconut Pavlova Cake to the surprisingly delicious Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake, these treats are made for anyone who loves a decadent dessert.

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Classic Chocolate Pound Cake

Chocolate Pound Cake
VICTOR PROTASIO; PROP STYLING: HEATHER CHADDUCK; FOOD STYLING: ERIN MERHAR

A love letter to chocolate, this decadent chocolate pound cake is one of our favorites. It only takes 30 minutes of hands-on time in the kitchen, it’s moist and will feed your whole dinner party (and then some). Top with powdered sugar, or serve with ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream and berries.

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Chocolate Strawberry Cake

Chocolate Strawberry Cake
CAITLIN BENSEL; FOOD STYLING: MELISSA GRAY; PROP STYLING: MISSIE NEVILLE CRAWFORD

Rich chocolate and sweet strawberries join forces to create this blissful cake. If you love chocolate-covered strawberries, you’ll absolutely adore this layered cake. Plus, you can bake the layers a day in advance to save you some prep time on the day of your event. You can always put plain strawberries on top, but to take it up a notch, dip the strawberries in chocolate.

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Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake

Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake
ANTONIS ACHILLEOS; PROP STYLING: CHRISTINE KEELY; FOOD STYLING: TINA BELL STAMOS

Light and airy, this cocoa meringue cake is layered with plenty of billowy whipped cream and topped with chocolate curls. It doesn’t hurt that it’s a dairy- and gluten-free dessert—perfect for any occasion that might require these restrictions, such as your next Passover celebration. Just as tasty as it is gorgeous, this fluffy cake will prove to be a huge crowd-pleaser year-round.

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Chocolate-Mayonnaise Cake

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
ALISON MIKSCH; PROP STYLING: MARY CLAYTON CARL; FOOD STYLING: MARY-CLAIRE BRITTON

Don’t knock it before you try it! All you taste is glorious chocolate—the mayonnaise disappears into the deep chocolate batter, yielding a moist and tender cake. The cake batter only gets better with the coffee that is thrown in the mix.

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Texas Skillet Cake Recipe

Texas Skillet Cake
PHOTO: STEPHEN DEVRIES, PROP STYLING: MISSIE NEVILLE CRAWFORD; FOOD STYLING: TORIE COX

Grab your cast iron skillet and get to baking. This deliciously easy chocolate cake comes together with no fuss in your favorite skillet. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

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Chocolate Bundt Cake

Chocolate Bundt Cake
PHOTO: ANTONIS ACHILLEOS; FOOD STYLING: TORIE COX; PROP STYLING: KAY E. CLARKE

If you’re looking to amaze a crowd yet short on time, make this stunning Chocolate Bundt Cake. This cake is made with boxed cake and brownie mixes, meaning you’ll only be in the kitchen for 25 minutes. Although the pansies aren’t required, they add a pretty touch!

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Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake with Caramel Buttercream

Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake with Caramel Buttercream
VICTOR PROTASIO; PROP STYLING: CLAIRE SPOLLEN; FOOD STYLING: TORIE COX

Chocolate fudge cake is layered with buttery homemade caramel frosting to create this irresistible cake. Just make sure you have some room in your freezer for it before you begin, as it allows the ganache to set. After it’s set, buttercream can be spread on top. Garnish with chocolate shavings, then, serve!

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Coca Cola Chocolate Cake Recipe

Fudgy Coca Cola Cake Frosting
ANTONIS ACHILLEOS; FOOD STYLING: EMILY NABORS HALL; PROP STYLING: KATHLEEN VARNER

Our secret ingredient when it comes to baking the cake of your dreams? The delightful addition of Coca-Cola. We topped this cake with white sugar pearls to give it a bubbly look like we just opened a fresh bottle of Coca-Cola.

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Chocolate Torte

Chocolate Torte
MICAH LEAL

Chocolate takes center stage in this deeply rich chocolate torte, finished with a dusting of cocoa and served with a dollop of whipped cream. This torte is gluten-free and just about anyone will love it’s rich chocolate flavors. Use the highest quality of dark chocolate you can find for the best taste.

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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
SOUTHERN LIVING

You’ll only need to be on your feet for 20 minutes to make this heavenly dessert. All of your favorite store-bought sweets are packed into this luscious chocolate peanut butter cake topped with peanut butter frosting. Garnish with broken-up peanut butter cream sandwich cookies.

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Chocolate Mousse Cake

Chocolate Mousse Cake
MICAH LEAL

This isn’t your ordinary chocolate cake. This flavorful cake has three chocolate layers: a moist chocolate cake, a thick chocolate mousse, and a decadent chocolate ganache finish. Serve with fresh berries for a delightful pairing.

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Lemon-and-Chocolate Doberge Cake Recipe

Lemon-and-Chocolate Doberge Cake
PHOTO: VICTOR PROTASIO; PROP STYLING: CINDY BARR; FOOD STYLING: TORIE COX

Half chocolate cake and half lemon curd, this hybrid cake satisfies everyone’s cravings. The filling between layers is made with store-bought chocolate pudding and lemon curd to save you time! The lemon and chocolate buttercream frostings make a delicious spread over this unique, eye-catching cake.

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Chocolate Eclair Cake

Chocolate Éclair Cake
MICAH A. LEAL

If you love eclairs, you will delight in this cake. With a mixture of bittersweet chocolate and a creamy filling, the chocolate eclair cake is the perfect addition to any gathering. Place pastry decorations around the perimeter of the cake for a tasty touch.

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Little Layer Chocolate Cake

Ivy Odom 18-Layer Chocolate Cake Still

Whip up this special layered chocolate cake for an unforgettable birthday celebration. But don’t forget to adjust the layers depending on the age! We won’t tell if you add one to grow on.

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Chocolate-Cinnamon Latte Cake Recipe

Chocolate-Cinnamon Latte Cake
JENNIFER DAVICK; FOOD STYLING: VANESSA ROCCHIO; PROP STYLING: MISSIE CRAWFORD

This sweet chocolate cake is perfect alongside a cup of hot coffee. You might be shocked to know that this cake is made in the slow cooker and starts with a box of white cake mix. It is so simple to make, as it only takes 10 minutes of your time in the kitchen—the dessert practically makes itself! Serve with fruit and a dollop of whipped cream on top.

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Triple-Layer Chocolate-Caramel Cake Recipe

Triple-Layer Chocolate-Caramel Cake
GREG DUPREE; PROP STYLING: MINDI SHAPIRO LEVINE; FOOD STYLING: TORIE COX

Indulgent chocolate and sweet caramel come together to create the birthday cake of our dreams. Make the frosting a day ahead and let it cool overnight at room temperature. If you have it, a splash of bourbon adds miles of flavor to this recipe.

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Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake

Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake
ALISON MIKSCH

We took the traditional pound cake recipe and raised it with a stunning, triple-chocolate twist. This cake means business. A duo of glazes—one creamy chocolate, the other subtle buttermilk—comes together atop this dreamy confection. Chocolate enthusiasts will be over the moon for this recipe, but it has enough unexpected flavor—thanks to the addition of the buttermilk glaze—that you’ll also win over the harder-to-please dessert eaters at the table.

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Mama’s German Chocolate Cake

Mama's German Chocolate Cake
PHOTO: JENNIFER DAVICK

Bake a cake that would make mama proud. German chocolate cakes are known for being rich and indulgent, so enjoy a slice with a glass of milk. Topped with the desired Coconut-Pecan Frosting, the cake promises one thing: that it won’t be around for long.

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Chocolate-Zucchini Cake

Chocolate-Zucchini Cake
ANTONIS ACHILLEOS; PROP STYLING: KAY E. CLARKE; FOOD STYLING: TORIE COX

We can’t think of a better way to eat your vegetables than with this rich, chocolatey cake. The shredded zucchini simply melts into the batter, yielding an incredibly moist cake. Garnish the cake with pistachios leftover from the recipe.

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Buttermilk-Chocolate Cake Recipe

Buttermilk-Chocolate Cake
VICTOR PROTASIO; PROP STYLING: HEATHER CHADDUCK HILLEGAS: FOOD STYLING: TORIE COX

This cake is anything but ordinary. Chocolate and buttermilk come together to create a tender and light treat. To ensure an extra elegant look, adorn the cake with Magnolia Flower or Camellia Flower Cake Toppers.

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Fudge Cake Recipe

Fudge Cake Recipe
ALISON MIKSCH; PROP STYLING: KAY E. CLARKE; FOOD STYLING: ANNA HAMPTON

In charge of dessert at the next neighborhood gathering? Bring this irresistible make-and-take cake. Toasted chopped pecans create the best flavor and texture. Top it all off with a scrumptious dusting of powdered sugar.

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Mississippi Mud Cake

Mississippi Mud Cake
PHOTOGRAPHER: JENNIFER CAUSEY FOOD STYLIST: ANA KELLY PROP STYLIST: KAY CLARKE

Ranking as one of our favorite Southern cakes, this chocolate masterpiece is unforgettable. Warmed marshmallows and chocolate frosting top this crave-able cake making for a dessert the whole family will ask for again and again. It’s an American classic that only takes you 15 minutes in the kitchen.

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Chocolate-Praline Cake

Chocolate-Praline Cake
SOUTHERN LIVING

Each bite delights with rich chocolate ganache and sweet praline frosting. The chocolate ganache is spread in between the layers and over the entire cake. Then, the creamy sweet praline frosting is spread over the top. Each bite is quite a delight!

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One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake
ANTONIS ACHILLEOS; PROP STYLIST: CALEB CLARKE; FOOD STYLIST: EMILY NABORS HALL

We’re not afraid to say it; This one-bowl chocolate cake is the ultimate chocolate cake. The best part is that it comes together almost effortlessly!

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Easy Chocolate Cake

Southern Living Chocolate Cake with Spiced Chocolate Buttercream sliced on a plate to serve topped with chocolate curls
VICTOR PROTASIO, FOOD STYLIST: RUTH BLACKBURN, PROP STYLIST: CHRISTINA KEELY 

A little cinnamon and a dash of cayenne pepper intensify the rich chocolate flavor of this stir-together cake. A half cup of coffee enhances the chocolate flavor. Garnish the already decadent cake with chocolate shavings that will not go overlooked.

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Chocolate Poke Cake

chocolate poke cake
STACY ALLEN; PROP STYLIST: CALEB CLARKE; FOOD STYLIST: JEN RILEY

Starting with a chocolate cake mix and some Jell-O chocolate pudding, this cake is as easy to whip up as it is delicious and rich in chocolaty flavor. The chocolate pudding seeps into the chocolate cake’s little air pockets, filling every hole with chocolate pudding.

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Chocolate Chick Cake

Southern Living Chocolate Chick Cake
VICTOR PROTASIO; FOOD STYLIST: EMILY NABORS HALL; PROP STYLIST: MARY CLAYTON CARL JONES

For the perfect chocolate cake on Easter Sunday, try this chocolate “chick” cake! This cake gets its extra boost of chocolate flavor from the mixed in instant espresso powder.

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S’mores Chocolate Sheet Cake

Southern Living Smores Sheet Cake sliced on a plate to serve
MOLLY BOLTON

Imagine all the flavors of your typical camp fire s’mores all wrapped into one moist chocolate sheet cake. The marshmallow buttercream frosting will surely have you wanting seconds. This gooey confection is topped with crunchy graham crackers for the perfect delight.

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Flourless Pecan-Chocolate Cake

Flourless Pecan-Chocolate Cake
VICTOR PROTASIO; FOOD STYLING: RISHON HANNERS; PROP STYLING: AUDREY DAVIS

Coffee added to this cake only intensifies the chocolaty taste. Toasted pecans add the ideal crunch to this velvety smooth and rich chocolate cake.

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Dark Chocolate-Pear Cake

Dark Chocolate-Pear Cake
ANTONIS ACHILLEOS; FOOD STYLING: EMILY NABORS HALL; PROP STYLING: CHRISTINE KEELY

Grab a Bosc pear the next time you are at the grocery store to make this impressive brownie-like cake. Crispy edges and a gooey center will make all chocolate-lovers’ dreams come true.

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Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Chocolate Chiffon Cake
PHOTOGRAPHER: ANTONIS ACHILLEOS, PROP STYLIST: CHRISTINE KELLY FOOD STYLIST: ALI RAMEE

You’ll need a 10-cup tube pan, or an angel food cake pan, to make this light and airy confection. Serve with fluffy whipped cream and raspberries.

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Bourbon-Chocolate Cake with Browned Buttercream Frosting

Bourbon-Chocolate Cake with Browned Buttercream
ANTONIS ACHILLEOS; FOOD STYLING: EMILY NABORS HALL; PROP STYLING: LYDIA PURSELL

Bourbon, chocolate, and browned butter all come together incomparably in this scrumptious layer cake. Serve with coffee or a glass of Southern bourbon.

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Chocolate Water Cake

Chocolate Water Cake
MICAH LEAL

This dairy-free and vegan chocolate cake is moist and made with just a few ingredients. If you’d like to keep the cake vegan, swap out the frosting for a dairy-free frosting of your choice.

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Chocolate-Gingerbread-Toffee Cake

Chocolate-Gingerbread-Toffee Cake
JENNIFER DAVICK; STYLING: LYDIA DEGARIS PURSELL

This chocolate-gingerbread-toffee cake has all of the flavors you crave during the holiday season. Plus, the gingerbread snowflake cookies, cranberries, and mint topping this cake will surely have your guests taking photos before they dig in. Impressive and delicious: the best combo.

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Chocolate Lava Cakes

Chocolate Lava Cake
GREG DUPREE; FOOD STYLIST: ALI RAMEE; PROP STYLIST: HANNAH GREENWOOD

Nothing is quite as crave-worthy as an indulgent chocolate cake with chocolate sauce flowing from the center the second you fork out a bite. Top with whipped cream or powdered sugar, or serve with ice cream.

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Chocolate Icebox Cake

Chocolate Icebox Cake
ANTONIS ACHILLEOS; FOOD STYLING: RUTH BLACKBURN; PROP STYLING: KAY E. CLARKE

With no baking required, this cake takes little effort to make—just the way we like it. Prepare it a day in advance for it to chill, then top it with whipped cream, powdered cocoa, and toasted sliced almonds just before serving.

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Bourbon-Chocolate Cake With Praline Frosting

Bourbon-Chocolate Cake With Praline Frosting

Pralines, bourbon, and chocolate are a heavenly combination in this three-layer cake. Chocolate ganache lays in between each layer and is swept along the sides, while warm praline frosting is poured on the top and cascades down the cake. Then, after piercing the top with holes, a bourbon glaze is poured on top and sinks deep within the cake.

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Dorothy Powe’s Triple-Chocolate Cake

Southern Living Dorothy Powe's Triple Chocolate Cake whole on a cake plate to serve
GREG DUPREE, FOOD STYLIST: RUTH BLACKBURN, PROP STYLIST: CHRISTINE KEELY 

There’s only one thing better than a chocolate cake: a triple chocolate cake. This recipe comes from Barbara Pachman from The Woodlands, Texas, who watched her mother, Dorothy Powe, prepare this cake growing up. “Thinking about this cake stirs up memories of love, family, fabulous food, and mostly my treasured, precious, and much-loved mother,” Pachman said.

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Chocolate Cake IV

Coffee and chocolate lovers everywhere will find this cake to die for! Between each layer of chocolate cake is a delicious Mocha-Chocolate Cream Filling, and it's topped with Coffee Liqueur Ganache Icing. Recipe: Chocolate Cake IV
SOUTHERN LIVING

Four types of chocolate are used in this decadent cake. This three-layer delight is garnished with chocolate curls, and iced with coffee liqueur ganache and mocha-chocolate cream filling.

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Milk Chocolate Bar Cake

Milk Chocolate Bar Cake
CHARLES WALTON IV; STYLING: MARY LYN H. JENKINS

This gorgeous three-layer cake is made with only a few ingredients. Chocolate cake mix, milk chocolate candy bars with almonds, and a container of frozen whipped topping are among the list.

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Chocolate Peppermint Cake

Chocolate Peppermint Cake
VICTOR PROTASIO, FOOD STYLIST: EMILY NABORS HALL, PROP STYLIST: KATHLEEN VARNER

Nothing tastes quite as good as the pairing of peppermint and chocolate. The fluffy minty-Italian-meringue frosted cake is garnished with soft crushed peppermint candies.

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Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake

Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake
JIM FRANCO

This spiced chocolate pound cake is the ultimate twist on the classic. Serve with a Mexican chocolate sauce, and garnish with toasted sliced almonds.

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Chocolate Italian Cake

Chocolate Italian Cake

Take Italian cream cake and make it chocolaty and this is the result. It’s frosted with cream cheese frosting and decorated with pecans. Make this for your next celebration, or just when you need a good pick-me-up.

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Rudolph’s Chocolate Truffle Cake

Rudolph's Chocolate Truffle Cake
LEE HARRELSON; STYLING: MINDI SHAPIRO

The chocolate truffle filling lives up to its praise in this indulgent three-layer cake. Top the cake with finely grated semisweet chocolate. Oh la la! Chocolate perfection.

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Devil’s Food Cake

Devil’s Food Cake
PHOTOGRAPHER: JENNIFER CAUSEY FOOD STYLIST: ANA KELLY PROP STYLIST: KAY CLARKE

This is a classic chocolate cake recipe that you will be looking for again and again—so do yourself a favor and go ahead and write it down. The chocolaty flavor in this recipe stems from the cocoa. It bakes well as a cake or as cupcakes. Top with your favorite frosting.

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Reese’s Cake

Reese's Cake on a silver pedestal
ALISON MIKSCH; PROP STYLIST: THOM DRIVER; FOOD STYLIST: LOREN WOOD

Featuring two different glazes and topped with Reese’s candies, this eye-catching peanut butter and chocolate cake will be the dessert your family and friends request from you year round. Just know we warned you.

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Death by Chocolate

Death by Chocolate Recipe
MICAH A. LEAL

Layered with chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, chocolate crumbles, and whipped cream, this cake is a chocolate-lovers’ dream. We bet you’ll be going back for seconds.

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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Icebox Cake

Southern Living Chocolate-Peanut Butter Icebox Cake on a platter to serve
VICTOR PROTASIO; FOOD STYLIST: RUTH BLACKBURN; PROP STYLIST: CHRISTINA DALEY

Peanut butter and chocolate are the two main flavors in this simple ice-box cake. Best part? It can be made up to three days in advance, so you can have one less thing on your to-do list.

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Chocolate Marble Cake

Chocolate Marble Cake
GREG DUPREE; FOOD STYLING: RISHON HANNERS; PROP STYLING: CHRISTINE KEELY

This marbled cake mixes chocolate and vanilla flawlessly. The thick and creamy chocolate frosting will have you licking the bowl.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice-Cream Cake

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice-Cream Cake

Devil’s food cake and mint chocolate chip ice cream are layered in this mint-chocolate chip dream of a desert. Top with a chocolate ganache, then, garnish with sweet whipped cream and thin crème de menthe chocolate mints.