15 Delicious Chocolate Cake Recipes Perfect For Dessert Time

Chocolate cake is one of the most delicious, and beloved desserts imaginable. With thousands of different recipes for chocolate cake, it can be hard to decipher which recipes are the best. 

We’ve done the hard work, and researched the best chocolate cake recipes, that taste and look unbelievably delicious. 

With that said, let’s discover these chocolate cake recipes!

Below, we have 15 amazing chocolate cake recipes. They’re all a little different, but share the upmost important twist of being insanely delicious.  

Quick Table: Delicious Chocolate Cake Recipes

RecipesCalories Per ServingPreparation Time
Cheese Buttercream Frosting Chocolate Cake2701 Hour 5 Minutes
Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe1031 Hour
Fudgy Chocolate Cake2831 Hour 15 Minutes
Chocolate Drip Cake15340 Minutes
White Chocolate Cake78055 Minutes
Gluten Free Chocolate Cake1801 Hour 3 Minutes
Soft And Moist Triple Chocolate Cake 3302 Hours 55 Minutes
Quintessential Chocolate Cake2831 Hour 15 Minutes
DIY Chocolate Birthday Cake 28340 Minutes
Classic Spongy Chocolate Cake 41855 Minutes
Sprinkled Chocolate Cake Recipe 34050 Minutes
Paleo Chocolate Cake (Gluten-Free and Dairy Free)7491 Hour
Cream Cheese Frosting Chocolate Cake27050 Minutes
Cherry Chocolate Cake 26445 Minutes
Custard Filled Chocolate Cake3601 Hour 30 Minutes

15 Delicious Chocolate Cake Recipes Perfect For Dessert Time

15 Delicious Chocolate Cake Recipes Perfect For Dessert Time

There are many different chocolate cake recipes that are delicious. They vary depending on the person who made them, the ingredients that were used, and the size of the cake. Some recipes use a white chocolate filling, some use a chocolate frosting, and some use a chocolate glaze.


  • Cheese Buttercream Frosting Chocolate Cake
  • Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe
  • Fudgy Chocolate Cake
  • Chocolate Drip Cake
  • White Chocolate Cake
  • Gluten Free Chocolate Cake
  • Soft And Moist Triple Chocolate Cake
  • Quintessential Chocolate Cake
  • DIY Chocolate Birthday Cake
  • Classic Spongy Chocolate Cake
  • Sprinkled Chocolate Cake Recipe
  • Paleo Chocolate Cake (Gluten-Free and Dairy Free)
  • Cream Cheese Frosting Chocolate Cake
  • Cherry Chocolate Cake
  • Custard Filled Chocolate Cake

1. Cheese Buttercream Frosting Chocolate Cake

If you’re looking for a moist chocolate cake, then this could be the recipe for you.

Every bite of this cake is chocolaty and creamy, not even a crumb of this cake is dry. It also features a delicious chocolate cream cheese buttercream frosting, which compliments the sponge very well. Overall, this chocolate cake is easy to make.

While beginners might have to focus a little more, it’s suitable for all abilities. One factor which makes this cake so delicious is that it uses Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder.

The baker recommenders using a high quality cocoa powder, but if all you have is a cheap store brand, the cake will still work, but the intense chocolaty flavor will not be as strong. 

Calories Per Serving: 270

Preparation Time: 1 Hour 5 Minutes

2. Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe

We never forget about our vegan readers, good cake should be enjoyed by all! 

This chocolate cake recipe is gorgeous, even non-vegans will adore this one. It’s moist, fluffy and completely decadent. To be honest, you really wouldn’t realize it was a vegan cake. It would be perfect for family gatherings, or to simply enjoy yourself!

This vegan cake requires apple cider vinegar, so if you don’t have any in your kitchen, you’re going to have to pop to the shops. Other than that, it’s a very simple recipe, which results in a delicious, chocolaty cake. 

Calories Per Serving: 103

Preparation Time: 1 Hour

3. Fudgy Chocolate Cake

There’s chocolate cake, and then there’s… chocolate fudge cake, a ridiculously scrumptious type of cake. Not only is this cake super fudgy, but it’s also fluffy AND moist.

It also looks ridiculously tasty, and that’s because the baker decided to use a ganache.

They made sure that the recipe is easy to make, and you only need one bowl for the sponge, which saves a lot of kitchen cleaning time.

Plus, the ganache only requires one small saucepan, so you’ll be saving time there too. We love bakers who think everything through!

Calories Per Serving: 283

Preparation Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes

4. Chocolate Drip Cake

This is a three tiered chocolate cake recipe, and it’s designed to be easy! 

It’s all you could want in a cake — it’s fluffy, moist and full of chocolate. The good thing about this sponge cake is that while the cake is moist, it also has a good level of sturdiness to it.

This is crucial when doing tiered cakes, because if the cake is too soft, it’ll collapse. There’s also a rich chocolate buttercream frosting, plus ganache. The decoration of this cake is gorgeous, with wonderful pipe work on the bottom of the cake, and the top. 

This is an absolute showstopper, so if you’re looking to impress, try this recipe out. 

Calories Per Serving: 153

Preparation Time: 40 Minutes

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5. White Chocolate Cake

When you think of chocolate cake, you immediately think of dark chocolate, or milk chocolate. Well, this recipe is going to change your assumptions forever, because this is a delectable white chocolate cake. 

Unlike milk and dark chocolate cake, a white chocolate cake does not contain any cocoa solids.

It contains cocoa butter, sugar and milk solids instead. It’s definitely a twist on traditional chocolate cake, and we’re here for it. Plus, the buttercream is white chocolate Swiss meringue — excuse me? That is phenomenal! 

So, if you fancy making a unique chocolate cake, you should consider a white chocolate cake.

Calories Per Serving: 780

Preparation Time: 55 Minutes 

6. Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

It can be really difficult to find great chocolate cake recipes when you are gluten-free, so we found one for you. This is great for any birthday parties, family gatherings, or even if you just fancy a slice of cake. 

It’s a very rich chocolate cake, and very dense, with a slightly fudgy taste. What’s great about this cake is that because it’s so dense, it does not dry out quick.

You can leave it for a few days, or even put it in the refrigerator, and it won’t dry out much. Plus, it’s all cooked in one bowl, which as you have probably guessed — we love here.

Calories Per Serving: 180

Preparation Time: 1 Hour 3 Minutes  

7. Soft And Moist Triple Chocolate Cake 

A soft and moist, triple chocolate cake? Well, this recipe really had us at ‘hello’. 

So, this is a recipe that’s best kept for those who are intermediate to advanced bakers. While beginners can try this recipe, and the recipe itself is straightforward, it still might be a little tricky for new bakers.

With that said, this recipe is used with oil instead of butter. The baker made this choice to ensure that the cake stays super moist.

Also, the baker requested that high-quality chocolate is used, because the taste and quality of the chocolate greatly affects the recipe

Calories Per Serving: 330

Preparation Time: 2 Hours 55 Minutes

8. Quintessential Chocolate Cake

This is a delightful, and delicious chocolate cake. 

If you’re looking for a pretty traditional chocolate cake, then this is the perfect recipe for you. It’s a moist chocolate cake, that is rich and creamy.

The cake is topped with ganache, but also contains chocolate frosting, which makes it the perfect chocolaty dessert. This is a true chocolate cake, it contains as much chocolate as it possibly can, and looks delicious. 

Calories Per Serving: 283

Preparation Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes

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9. DIY Chocolate Birthday Cake 

If you need to bake a cake for a kid’s birthday, this could be a great option. 

This is a super fun chocolate birthday cake. While adults usually prefer a refined cake, this cake is loud and proud. It contains KitKats, Maltesers, M&M’s, Kinder Eggs, Kinder Bueno, and Curly Wurly’s.

In fact, you’ll need a massive 36 pieces of KitKats to make this cake! 

The recipe itself is pretty simple, and will result in a pretty good chocolate cake. The key with this cake, is the decoration. You’ll be spending a fair amount of time getting the decoration just perfect, but it’ll result in an awesome cake.

Calories Per Serving: 283

Preparation Time: 40 Minutes

10. Classic Spongy Chocolate Cake 

Steering away from the bright and bold cakes, this chocolate cake recipe is all about class and tradition. 

It’s a light, fluffy and moist chocolate cake that won’t let you down. It’s a little fudgy, maintains a good level of soft, yet sturdy sponges, and is completely delicious.

Likewise, it features a chocolate buttercream, which is also used to decorate the cake. That means it’s incredibly decadent, and perfect for true chocolate lovers

Calories Per Serving: 418

Preparation Time: 55 Minutes

11. Sprinkled Chocolate Cake Recipe 

This is an amazing chocolate cake. It’s a mix between traditional, and ridiculously fun

It’s a refined chocolate cake, that has been decorated to perfection. Furthermore, it has chocolate buttercream spread all across the cake perfectly, with piped buttercream on the top.

What makes this cake extra fun, is the use of sprinkles. The baker has placed sprinkles on the top, and the sides of the cake. The trick here is less is more.

The outside of the cake is not completely covered, so you can still see the sleek buttercream frosting. On the top, the cake is topped with sprinkles, but it still shows the excellent piping skills. Yep, we love this cake for its creativity!

Calories Per Serving: 340

Preparation Time: 50 Minutes

12. Paleo Chocolate Cake (Gluten-Free and Dairy Free)

Well, this is certainly a cake for everybody. This chocolate cake is not only paleo friendly, but it’s also suitable for those who are gluten-free, and those who are dairy free. Amazing! 

The chocolate cake itself is light, fluffy and airy. A lot of the cakes listed are quite heavy, so if you prefer a light chocolate cake, this could be great for you. With that said, this chocolate cake is also rich and moist, making the ideal chocolate cake.

The only hang-up with this cake is that you’ll need certain niche ingredients. It calls for almond flour, coconut flour, coconut sugar, tapioca flour and raw cacao powder.

That is a lot of ingredients, that not everyone will have. However, if you are paleo, gluten-free, or dairy-free, this may not be a problem for you, as chances are you already have some of these ingredients.

Calories Per Serving: 749

Preparation Time: 1 Hour

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13. Cream Cheese Frosting Chocolate Cake

While chocolate cake with chocolate frosting is delicious, sometimes, it’s good to shake it up. 

This chocolate cake uses cream cheese frosting, and we’re completely here for it. The cream cheese frosting complements the rich chocolate cake so well, it helps to bring out the flavors.

This cake is great for those who love chocolate cake, but hate too much chocolate cake (you know the type). 

The cream cheese is used for layering, but it’s also used to decorate the cake, which looks insanely gorgeous, and would be great for a holiday cake.

Calories Per Serving: 270

Preparation Time: 50 Minutes 

14. Cherry Chocolate Cake 

We’re back with another great vegan chocolate cake

We simply adore this chocolate cake recipe. It’s decorated with cherries, which if you are a true chocolate lover, you know is the perfect flavor combination. It’s a completely rich cake, with a delicious chocolate frosting.

This cake can also be made gluten-free, so it’s great for everyone!

Calories Per Serving: 264

Preparation Time: 45 Minutes

15. Custard Filled Chocolate Cake

While all the recipes on this list are stunning, we may have saved (one of the best) till last. 

This chocolate cake is unreal. It’s of professional quality, and will definitely be a showstopper at any event. It’s also the perfect gift, because it looks that good.

While a beginner could tackle this cake, it takes a massive 3 hours to make this one, so it’s not for the lighthearted.

This truly is the ultimate chocolate cake.

Calories Per Serving: 360

Preparation Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes 

Frequently Asked Questions  

Do I Have To Put Chocolate Cake In The Fridge? 

No, you do not have to put chocolate cake in the fridge. You should, however, ideally use a cake container, as this will help prevent the cake from drying out, and avoid any bugs attacking the cake.

You can use the refrigerator though, it will extend the longevity of the cake, but it will also dry the cake out.

If you have any perishable ingredients on top of the chocolate cake, then it should be refrigerated. 

How Can I Keep A Chocolate Cake Moist?

Keeping a chocolate cake moist can be one of the biggest challenges, but you really need to put in the steps to ensure your cake stays tasting great. 

It all pretty much boils down to how you store the cake. Do not leave your cake uncovered, because it will dry out — this is especially important if you choose to refrigerate your cake. A cake left uncovered in the fridge will dry out. 

With that said, if you cover the cake with foil, or if you cover the cake with plastic wrap, the cake will stay moist. This should be okay for around one week. When it comes to out of cake storage, like I previously mentioned, you should ideally own a cake tin.

This will preserve the state of the cake, and ensure that it stays moist.

If you do not own a cake tin, that’s OK. You can also use plastic wrap, or aluminum foil. Whatever you use, you’ll want to ensure that it’s properly wrapped around the cake. If air can get to it, then the cake will begin to dry out.

Is Chocolate Cake A Good Option For A Big Party?

Chocolate cake is a great option for any party, providing nobody is allergic to chocolate, or other ingredients that go into making the cake. Chocolate cake is one of the safest types of cakes to bake, because everyone pretty much loves chocolate.

It’s a much safer choice than types such as coffee, or lemon, because they are more niche flavors, that not everyone will appreciate. 


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