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).
We have plenty of easy chocolate cake ideas, from chocolate truffle cake, to chocolate mousse cake. Here they are, our ultimate favourite chocolate cake recipes…
First up, how do you make the best chocolate cake?
How do you make a chocolate sponge cake?
It’s easy to make a simple chocolate sponge cake. You just need to replace some of the flour amount with cocoa powder. Just scoop 3 tbsp. of flour from the measured amount on the basic sponge recipe and replace with 3 tbsp. cocoa powder.
Here’s our super easy chocolate sponge cake recipe to make as a base, with ideas for decorating…
Can you use drinking chocolate instead of cocoa powder?
Don’t be tempted to use drinking chocolate instead of cocoa powder. Drinking chocolate is a blend of cocoa powder and sugar and is typically only has 25% cocoa so will give you a very pale chocolate cake with not much chocolate flavor. Good cocoa powder will be 100% cocoa and nothing else so just 3 tbsp will give a cake a lovely deep chocolatey flavor.
How long does chocolate cake last?
Sponge cakes are best eaten on the same day they are made or the next day as they tend to go dry quite quickly. Chocolate fudge cakes, flourless chocolate cakes, and brownies have a higher fat content and will easily keep for 2-3 days.
How do I store chocolate cake?
It’s best to store chocolate cake in an airtight plastic container in a cool place. Avoid putting cakes uncovered in the fridge as fridges are designed to be a very low moisture enviroment so will dry out cakes more quickly.
How do I decorate chocolate cake?
There are loads of different ways to decorate a cake. You can make a simple shiny glace icing by adding a spoonful of cocoa powder to icing sugar and water. Try making a chocolate buttercream icing by beating icing sugar with half the amount of butter (so 200g icing sugar/100g butter) then adding cocoa powder until you get the desired level of chocolate flavour. You can make an easy chocolate ganache by combining equal amounts of chopped dark chocolate and hot cream and stirring until smooth and silky. Try our icing and cake decorating tips here.
The best chocolate cake recipes…
Try our easy 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.
Check out our chocolate truffle cake recipe. 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.
Check out this stunning chocolate cake with a creamy passion fruit curd. This moist and indulgent creation is a real showstopper and will make for an epic celebration dessert. Just look at that shine!
Check out this stunning loaf cake with fresh mint and zesty lime from baker, Edd Kimber. This seriously moreish recipe makes for a show-off sweet treat to serve your friends and family. Try our other loaf cake recipes here.
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.
One of our best chocolate cake recipes. 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.
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.
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!
Looking for the best chocolate layer cake? Here’s our recipe… simply make the chocolate cake mixture, divide into four layers, and sandwich together with dollops of icing.
Edd Kimber has put his own twist on this American chocolate cake 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.
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).
Check out this chocolate celebration cake with tahini and honey. This indulgent layer cake is a real crowd pleaser and looks impressive too. This chocolate cake recipe was created by Georgina Hayden for the Cook For Syria recipe book.
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.
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.
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.
This chocolate marble cake with mocha glaze looks really impressive and tastes just as good.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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