Looking for the perfect chocolate cake recipe? Here are our 20 best recipes
Out of all our lovely cake recipes, there is one type that just seems to get us excited again and again!
Chocolate cake is good to look at, smell and, most importantly, eat! A brilliant chocolate cake recipe will last you for life – you just need to find the right one for you.
These chocolate cake recipes are the best recipes we’ve found – and we make them time and time again.
If you prefer things classic, we have traditional dishes from the likes of Mary Berry, if you like to mix things up, a little beetroot or a fruity addition will give your sponge a new, interesting flavour.
So this mouth-watering cake may be gluten-free and dairy-free but it certainly doesn't miss out on any flavours. This rich cake is topped with a glossy ganache and just perfect served warm with ice cream (dairy-free of course!)
Get the recipe: Gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate cake
Mary Berry has done it again with this amazing chocolate cake! Once you've made this classic, you'll want to make it time and time again. Our favourite part of this cake has to be it's soft sponge and rich chocolate buttercream.
Get the recipe: Mary Berry's chocolate cake
An absolute classic, chocolate fudge cake is the recipe to pick if you want chocolate - and lots of it!
Get the recipe: Chocolate fudge cake
A chocolate cake covered in Maltesers? That's surely enough on it's own! The bonus? This tasty cake only takes an hour to make.
Get the recipe: Maltesers chocolate cake
The lovely rich flavours of classic dessert tiramisu can bring a nice new dimension to your chocolate cake. You can make this cake the day before you need it too.
Get the recipe: Chocolate tiramisu cake
Removing the flour from your chocolate cake gives it a lovely rich, soft, texture - why let flour get in between you and all that chocolate?
Get the recipe: Flourless chocolate cake
How do you make a chocolate cake even better? Add another layer! This triple layer chocolate cake is the perfect showstopper!
Get the recipe: Triple layer chocolate cake
Why make a plain old chocolate cupcake when you can make a massive giant chocolate cupcake! This beauty is topped with cream and Maltesers but you can top it with your favourite chocolates and sweets. You need a giant cupcake mould to make this cake but you'll definitely be making it more than once so it's more than worth the money!
Get the recipe: Chocolate giant cupcake
A white chocolate drizzle effect is an impressive way to decorate a chocolate cake. A light cream filling is all you need - just let the chocolate do all the work!
Get the recipe: Double chocolate and raspberry cake
Strawberries and chocolate are a classic combination and this is true when paired in a cake too. A rich chocolate ganache brings together the sponge and fruit perfectly.
Get the recipe: Chocolate and strawberry cake
You may think it's hard to cook a cake for someone on a egg-free diet but all you need is a really good recipe. This cake uses sunflower oil and white wine vinegar to replicate the egg in the baking process.
Get the recipe: Egg-free chocolate cake
A gluten-free treat, this chocolate cake is given a juicy burst of flavour from the pears. An unusual combination but a delicious one!
Get the recipe: Pear and chocolate cake
Fancy chocolate cake for dessert? It's got to be our chocolate gateau recipe! With a little brandy in the sponge and a super glossy ganache finish, it's richness will keep you satisfied all evening.
Get the recipe: Chocolate gateau
If you fancy trying something very different, how about adding some beetroot to the sponge? It gives the chocolate cake a lovely moist texture - you have to try it to believe it!
Get the recipe: Beetroot and chocolate cake
It's not just all about the dark stuff! White chocolate can often be overlooked when it comes to baking but it's delicious grated into a sponge. This recipe, from MasterChef pud lover Gregg Wallace, is also covered in rose water-infused, white chocolate coating.
Get the recipe: White chocolate gateau
Chocolate sponge is, of course, delicious on it's own but adding a little cream and raspberries will take it to another level!
Get the recipe: Chocolate sponge cake with raspberries
When it comes to classic cake recipes, who better to trust than baking pro Mary Berry? Her dense chocolate cake uses ground almonds instead of flour so it's also gluten-free!
Get the recipe: Mary Berry's chocolate birthday cake
This pretty ruffle design is a simple way to decorate your chocolate cake. They're not actually that hard to create, either. Mix white chocolate and dark for a different finish.
Get the recipe: Chocolate ruffle cake
Adding cinnamon and ginger to your chocolate sponge cake will give it a slightly spiced flavour. A crunchy walnut topping finishes off this chocolate passion feast.
Get the recipe: Chocolate passion cake
Top your chocolate cake with even more chocolate! Homemade truffles will add a special finish to your cake. This one arranges them in the classic Simnel design for Easter but you can cover it with them if you want to (we really do!)
Get the recipe: Chocolate truffle cake
Erm... hello! This double chocolate fudge cake is covered with a white chocolate buttercream... it's a chocoholic's dream!
Swirls of vanilla cake add a lighter touch to your chocolate cake - if you don't like the idea of making your cake less chocolaty, you can always make the swirls with a white chocolate sponge mix.
Get the recipe: Chocolate and vanilla marble cake