Best ever chocolate cakes

Discover our ultimate, triple-tested chocolate cake recipes, you won't look back. 

A chocolate and raspberry layer cake with candles

Chocolate cake. Two words guaranteed to make us dream of showstopping bakes and nostalgic childhood desserts. Read on to discover the top 10 chocolate cakes you simply have to try – they’ve all been triple-tested and are incredibly delicious.

1. Ultimate chocolate cake

A round chocolate cake topped with chocolate curls

More than 1200 of you have given this recipe a five-star rating – and it’s not difficult to see why! Moist, rich and fudgy, the sponge delivers a double dose of melted chocolate, alongside cocoa powder and coffee. We’ve covered it with a silky chocolate ganache, and (you guessed it) another hit of chocolate in curl-form to finish. A true masterpiece.

Ultimate chocolate cake

2. Easy chocolate cake

A chocolate layer cake topped with chocolate shards

This sponge cake sandwiched with a rich buttercream looks stunning, but is actually really simple to make. In fact, it’s so straightforward that kids can help measuring the ingredients, mixing the batter and decorating the end result. Watch our video to see exactly how it’s done!

Easy chocolate cake

3. Gravity-defying sweetie cake

Gravity-defying sweetie cake

These trendy, jaw-dropping anti-gravity cakes are a marvel to behold. It may take a bit more effort (try our top tips and tricks to get the best results) but this cake is perfect for a weekend baking project. We've topped ours with sugar-coated chocolates, but you can swap for any small sweets that you (or the lucky recipient) like. Unleash your inner creativity!

Gravity-defying sweetie cake

4. Easy vegan chocolate cake

Easy vegan chocolate cake

Following a dairy-free, egg-free, wheat-free or nut-free diet needn't mean missing out on a slice of cake. The secret ingredient in our recipe is avocado, which adds a decadent richness to the cake batter, along with simple substitutes such as sunflower spread and soya milk for the frosting.

Easy vegan chocolate cake

5. Brooklyn blackout cake

Brooklyn blackout cake

Ready to try your hand at something different? This decadent, dark sponge cake is filled and coated with a rich chocolate custard and finished with crumbled cake crumbs. It’s best served chilled, making it an ideal dessert that oozes indulgence. Trust us – it won’t last long.

Brooklyn blackout cake

6. Squidgy chocolate & pomegranate torte

Squidgy chocolate & pomegranate torte

Dense and indulgent, this rich chocolate torte is the stuff dreams are made from. Finish with a scattering of jewel-like pomegranate seeds to give it a refreshing lift.

Squidgy chocolate & pomegranate torte

7. Chocolate fudge cupcakes

Chocolate fudge cupcakes

Ideal for entertaining children of an afternoon, these cute cupcakes are incredibly easy to bake and decorate. Get creative with your toppings – it’s a great way to use up any chocolates, sweeties or sprinkles that hanging around in the cupboard.

Chocolate fudge cupcakes

8. Triple chocolate & peanut butter layer cake

Triple chocolate & peanut butter layer cake

Peanut butter aficionados will be pining after this showstopping bake. It’s comprised of three fluffy sponges sandwiched with a peanut butter icing, decorated with a dark chocolate ganache drip and piled high with all sorts of goodies, from chocolate eggs to crunchy pretzels. We guarantee it will be met with ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaahs’ from everyone.

Triple chocolate & peanut butter layer cake

9. Chocolate traybake

A chocolate traybake cake topped with coloured sweets

When it comes to ease of serving and nostalgia, you can’t beat a good old fashioned traybake. We’ve flavoured the sponge batter with plenty of cocoa powder and added a smooth chocolate icing to create an American-style sheet cake that’s perfect for an indoor celebration.

Chocolate traybake

10. Chocolate & raspberry birthday layer cake

Chocolate & raspberry birthday layer cake

Victoria sponge purists, look away now – we’ve upgraded the traditional bake with an indulgent cocoa twist. Chocolate and raspberries are a match made in heaven, and you can use convenient, budget-friendly frozen fruit in the lavish cream layer.

Chocolate & raspberry birthday layer cake

11. Vegan chocolate party traybake

Vegan chocolate party traybake

This moreish chocolate cake is free from dairy and eggs, making it a great vegan option for a party or celebration. It’s super-versatile – choose your favourite plant milk, yogurt and spread to use. The result? Squidgy, rich squares the whole family will enjoy.

Vegan chocolate party traybake

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