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Best Chocolate Cake Recipes

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Ah, chocolate cake. There's really not another type of recipe that speaks to indulgence, treating yourself, and enjoying life. The best chocolate cake recipes are moist, flavorful, and tender, with additions like chocolate chips, coconut, and nuts. These ten cakes will fulfill any chocolate fantasy. Remember to follow the rules of baking when you make these cakes. Measure flour correctly, don't deviate from the recipe, use the proper pan size, make sure your oven is calibrated, and understand doneness tests. I always set my timer for 10 minutes before the shortest baking time to check any cake I'm baking.

1. Updated Tunnel of Fudge Cake

Updated Tunnel of Fudge Cake
Linda Larsen

You can make this cake without the dry frosting mix that was in the original recipe. Follow the instructions for beating the batter and adding the ingredients carefully.  This bundt cake has a rich and creamy 'tunnel' of fudge. And don't skip on the nuts, or the cake will fail.

2. Chocolate Macaroon Bundt Cake

Chocolate Macaroon Bundt Cake
Linda Larsen

This moist bundt cake has a coconut macaroon filling. It's rich and delicious and perfect for special occasions as well as everyday meals.

3. Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

Chocolate Oatmeal Cake
Linda Larsen

I developed this recipe when I was looking for a chocolate version of the Lazy Daisy Cake and couldn't find one. The oatmeal in the cake makes it so moist and tender. And the broiled frosting is creamy and rich, topped with even more chocolate. Yum.

4. Chocolate Layer Cake

Chocolate Layer Cake
Linda Larsen

I love layer cakes. They're fun to make and to eat. This gorgeous cake is the ultimate chocolate experience. The cake is moist and velvety and the frosting pure chocolate indulgence.

5. Chocolate Cherry Cake

Chocolate Cherry Cake
Linda Larsen

A can of cherry pie filling is the surprise ingredient in this easy cake recipe. A warm frosting poured over the warm cake makes it extra moist and delicious.

6. Chocolate Layer Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut Butter Frosted Chocolate Cake
Linda Larsen

Okay, maybe this is my favorite chocolate layer cake. It's hard to decide. Perhaps you should make both, and have a taste test?

7. Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake
Linda Larsen

All right, so this isn't technically a 'chocolate' cake, but it's so rich and delicious I had to include it. Chocolate chips stud a dense and tender pound cake, and the chocolate frosting is to die for.

8. Chocolate Bundt Cake

Chocolate Bundt Pound Cake
Linda Larsen

This rich and tender cake is frosted with a really decadent frosting. Use a 12-cup Bundt pan; always measure Bundt pans by volume, not by the size in inches.

9. Molten Chocolate Cakes

These little cakes were made popular in the 1990s. And they're still one of the best desserts around. Brownie mix makes them easy. I like to serve mine with some chocolate ice cream on the side.

10. Simple Chocolate Cake

This is the gold standard for me for chocolate sheet cakes. There's something magical about pouring a warm frosting over a warm cake; they seem to meld together into one complete bunch of goodness.

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