Brooklyn Black Out cake recipe

Best ever chocolate cake recipes

Love chocolate and rich, gooey chocolate cake? Us too. Try one of our 16 best ever chocolate cake recipes for all occasions, including triple chocolate caramel, flourless truffle and fudge cake

We have the best chocolate cake recipes for you to bake at home – fact. Whether you’re after a moist chocolate sponge cake recipe or a rich chocolate fudge cake, we’ve got both classic cakes and show-stopping bakes to make for special occasions (take a look at our favourite chocolate birthday cake).

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From OTT s’mores cake to fallen truffle cake and even a chocolate brownie cake, we have plenty of easy cake recipes to enjoy. Here they are, our ultimate favourite chocolate cake recipes…


OTT chocolate smores cake

S’mores, bonfire-torched marshmallows sandwiched between biscuits with chocolate, are a classic in the US for a reason. This recipe mashes up all of those flavours into one seriously epic cake.

smores cake

Chocolate and burnt butterscoth layer cake

Our deliciously indulgent, grown-up chocolate and burnt butterscotch cake looks really impressive and is definitely worth the effort. Who’s a fan of layer cake? We have plenty more layer cake recipes here.

burnt butterscotch cake

Rich chocolate cake

Dense, sticky and decadent… just what we want in a chocolate cake. The frosting is pure heaven, and difficult to resist eating straight from the bowl!


Brooklyn blackout cake

Edd Kimber has put his own twist on this American classic by flavouring the custard filling with white chocolate and cardamom and, to keep the original’s chocolate flavour intact and the look of the cake the same, decorating the outside with a silky-smooth chocolate frosting. Find plenty more of Edd Kimber’s incredible chocolate recipes here.

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Triple chocolate caramel cake

This beautiful chocolate caramel cake is what’s known as an ‘ombre’ cake; each layer sports a different shade, using dark chocolate, milk chocolate and caramel (we have some great caramel baking recipe ideas here).


Easiest ever chocolate fudge cake

Super easy and quick to make, this gooey chocolate cake number is perfect for when you need to bake a last-minute treat for a special occasion.


Fallen chocolate truffle cake with amaretto cream

An extremely smooth, flourless chocolate cake similar to the consistency of a chocolate torte. As well as lending a boozy hit, the amaretto also lifts the deep richness of the chocolate.


Milk chocolate and malt mousse cake

Satisfyingly smooth and indulgent, this chocolatey malt mousse cake topped with crunchy salted pretzels is a perfect pudding to make for the holidays. Try our fun sweet and salty recipe ideas here.

Milk chocolate and malt mousse cake

Best ever chocolate layer cake

We have the recipe for the best ever chocolate layer cake and it’s easier than you would expect… simply make the chocolate cake mixture, divide into four layers, and sandwich together with dollops of icing.


Wagon wheel brownies

These chocolate brownies are so indulgent and laden with chocolate treats that they will stand up to a chocolate cake any day. Fluffy marshmallow, crunchy Wagon Wheel biscuit and sweet raspberries make a brilliant brownie batter.

Wagon Wheel Brownie

Pistachio and chocolate stripe cake 

Our pistachio and chocolate stripe cake is a delicious combination of flavours and it looks fantastic – a real show-stopper. It is a little tricky, but completely worth the effort. Make sure you use pistachios with a good, strong colour.


Chocolate hazelnut cake (torta alla nocciola)

This recipe for chocolate hazelnut cake celebrates a classic combination and is deliciously indulgent. It makes for a great dinner party dessert. The recipe comes from Sharing Puglia: Simple, Delicious Food From Italy’s Undiscovered Coast (£25, Hardie Grant). Try our best Italian dessert recipes here for more dinner party inspiration.


Chocolate and ginger brownie cake

A stupendous cake for tea, our chocolate brownie cake has chopped preserved ginger in the mix to give it an extra spice and a bit of a grown-up twist to really impress. Fancy sticking to chocolate brownies? We have plenty of chocolate brownie recipe ideas here.


Chocolate marble cake
 with mocha glaze

This chocolate marble cake with mocha glaze looks really impressive and tastes just as good.


Oreo Baileys fridge cake

Chocolate Oreos add an indulgent filling to this fridge cake. Icebox cakes are popular in America and are incredibly simple to make – simply layer thin, crisp chocolate biscuits with sweetened whipped cream. Left overnight, the biscuits soften and become ‘cake’. Here we’ve used Oreos and Baileys cream to make ours extra-indulgent. It uses lots of biccies, but it feeds lots of people! 

Oreo Fridge cake

Pistachio and chocolate icebox cake

The icebox cake is a US staple – the biscuits become pleasantly softened by the ice cream and the whole thing holds together so you can cut it into wedges.


Chocolate gâteau with raspberry, rose and vanilla cream

Flavours of raspberry, rose and vanilla give this show-off chocolate cake a very grown-up twist. Our indulgent chocolate cake is perfect for entertaining, and is surprisingly easy to prepare.


Rum-raisin chocolate torte with brown sugar crème fraîche

Surely the photo speaks for itself. A decadent, boozy chocolate torte that’s just perfect for the festive season. If you don’t have it on Christmas Day, knock it up a couple of days later for maximum appreciation by your holiday guests. Dollies are great for decorating.


Baking one of our chocolate cakes for someone special? Check out more of our birthday cake ideas here.

mojito cake

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If you’re after some tips about working with chocolate, check out our expert chocolate guide here.


we interview the first ever Great British Bake Off winner and supremely talented food writer, Edd Kimber. He talks baking (obvs), chocolate (hell yeah!)

olive magazine podcast ep45 – Edd Kimber on baking, GBBO and chocolate