For all our chocolate cake lovers out there, you know just how special this particular pastry is. Rich, moist and better at each and every bite, we could name a million reasons why this baked good is one of our favorites. Every baker has their own tip or secret ingredient on how they make theirs the best. And then there are the hybrids where one extra added element can take this spectacular sweet to an entirely new level. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite chocolate cakes in honor of, perhaps, the most important food holiday: National Chocolate Day. Check them out!
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cake
There’s perhaps no greater love story in the history of the culinary arts than the delicious combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Sweet meets salty, rich meets creamy, bitter meets nutty. It’s like no other flavor blend in the baking world. So when it comes to cakes, a chocolate and peanut butter version was a must with our list. Whether you do a chocolate cake with a peanut butter frosting or a peanut butter cake with a chocolate frosting or a chocolate and peanut butter cake with a chocolate and peanut butter frosting, it’s going to be delicious. We can guarantee that.
Chocolate Ice Cream Cake
There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than a big ol’ slice of some sort of ice cream cake. This is especially true when it’s a chocolate ice cream cake. Chocolate cookie crust, chocolate chips, chocolate ice cream and a chocolate icing make it a one-stop shop for the cocoa obsessed. Throw in some homemade whipped cream and a chocolate sauce for the ultimate dessert indulgence during the more steamy months.
Devils Food Chocolate Cake
It’s hard to pinpoint what this Austin culinary arts school loves most about devil’s food cake. Maybe it’s the moisture, the denseness or rich chocolate taste. Maybe it’s a combination of all three things. Whatever it is, we have to throw this one at the top of our “favorite chocolate cakes” list. What makes this one different than your standard chocolate cake is it contains more chocolate-like a lot more. And we don’t just mean cocoa powder like a classic cake. We’re talking oodles of melted baking chocolate.
Chocolate Molten Cake
The ultimate fancy dessert, what’s not to love about hot, steamy cake with melted chocolate in the middle? No matter how many times we do it, cutting into this cake always gives us the same little jolt of excitement as we see the melted chocolate spill out.
Flourless Chocolate Cake
The king of richness, the flourless chocolate cake isn’t playing around. This thing is indulgent, dense and unquestionably delicious. Beaten egg whites help lighten it up while melted bittersweet chocolate, sugar and egg yolks contribute to its incredibly buttery texture. Top it with some homemade whipped cream, powdered sugar and fresh raspberries for a lesson in how to be the ultimate chocolate devotee.
Chocolate & Caramel Cake
Just like chocolate and peanut butter, chocolate and caramel have a very special connection. We’re not sure what it is about these two flavors that complement each other so well, but we’re all for it. As if chocolate isn’t rich enough, pairing it with caramel just makes it all the more delicious without going over the top. Next time you opt to make a homemade chocolate cake, we recommend topping it with a decorative caramel drizzle.
Triple Chocolate Cake
Cocoa, bittersweet chocolate and milk chocolate are a triple threat in this concoction. If you’re the ultimate chocolate lover, than you’re probably well-versed in all things triple chocolate cake. And if that isn’t enough for you, the layers are usually filled with chocolate mousse and the exterior is smothered in a rich chocolate icing. This is the chocolate cake of all chocolate cakes.