14 Chocolate Cakes

February  8, 2014

Forget the jewelry. Forget the flowers. Forget the fancy dinners, the oysters, the caviar, the steak. Let's be real here: chocolate cake is the best part of Valentine's Day.

Chocolate cakes aren't moody, aren't choosy. They're gorgeous. They can be consumed wherever you desire: at a candlelit table, over a kitchen counter, with a glass of bubbly in a tight black dress, or in bed. And, being a baked good and not a person, they won't make anyone jealous.

Mable's Texas Sheet Cake by Gibson2011

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Chocolate Cake: Sheet Cake


Margaret Fox's Amazon Cake by Genius Recipes 

Chocolate Cake: Amazon Cake


Chocolate Dump-It Cake by Amanda Hesser

Chocolate Cake: Chocolate Dump-It Cake


Vegan Chocolate Cake with Creamy Chocolate Filling by Gena Hamshaw

Chocolate Cake: Vegan cake  


Nigella Lawson's Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake by Genius Recipes

Chocolate Cake: Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake


Chocolate Thai Green Curry Cake by raspberryeggplant

Chocolate Cake: Chocolate Thai Green Curry Cake


Nigel Slater's Extremely Moist Chocolate-Beet Cake by Genius Recipes

Chocolate Cake: Chocolate Beet Cake


Spicy Chocolate Mousse Crepe Cake by meganvt01

Chocolate Cake: Spicy Chocolate Mousse Crepe Cake


Rich Chocolate Cake with Coconut Filling and Ganache by nannydeb

Rich Chocolate Cake


My Chocolate-Orange Birthday Cake by drbabs

Chocolate Cake: Chocolate-Orange Birthday Cake


Chocolate Bundt Cake by KelseyTheNaptimeChef

Chocolate Cake: Chocolate Bundt Cake


Wake-Up Cocoa Quick Bread by SmallKitchCara

Chocolate Cake: Wake Up Cocoa Quick Bread


Almost Flourless Chocolate Cake with Meyer Lemon Whipped Cream by Kenzi Wilbur

Chocolate Cake: Flourless Chocolate Cake


Chocolate and Cabernet Sauvignon Italian Cake by Maria Teresa Jorge 

Chocolate Cake



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Brette Warshaw

Written by: Brette Warshaw

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michelle May 17, 2016
I would vote to add this Food & Wine recipe. Of all the chocolate cakes/tarts I've made, this one is by far the best in terms of chocolate flavor, oozy-gooeyness, and innovation.
Kitchen G. August 5, 2015
I would inlcude a 15th - the Chocolate Stout cake from the King Arthur flour site. That cake is just ridiculously amazing and is now my go to chocolate cake.
ohmycake September 18, 2014
Very inspiring. I really like this.You tried something is fantastic to see a useful blog.
Sneh R. February 9, 2014
Oh these are all so so stunning! I am especially loving the first one .. so wicked!
molly Y. February 8, 2014
ohmygosh i just want to stick my face in all of those
Annette@Bake C. February 12, 2013
Chocolate is the ultimate Valentine's dessert!
Kitchen B. February 9, 2013
What a stunning selection! Yum, yum!!