10 Favorite Chocolate Cake Recipes


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It’s been an amazing week for food holidays. Today, January 27, is National Chocolate Cake Day

And earlier in the week was National Peanut Butter Day

My two favorite food groups with holidays in the same week. How did I get so lucky.

Here’s a compilation of my favorite chocolate cakes:

1. Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache – The easiest and best tasting, one bowl, from-scratch cake you’ll ever make. It tastes better than a boxed mix, and is just as easy

The Best Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache averiecooks.com

The ganache is made in the microwave in minutes, and takes a great cake over the top. This is my all-around need-a-chocolate- cake-in-a-hurry recipe that never lets me down

The Best Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache averiecooks.com

2. Chocolate Molasses Chocolate Chip Cake with Baileys Irish Cream Glaze – A cake that’s more bold than it is overyly sweet. Make with molasses, medjool dates, cocoa powder, coffee, and chocolate chips; and it’s finished with a creamy Baileys glaze. It’s for adults, but only those adults who can handle bold, robust, intense flavors

Chocolate Molasses Chocolate Chip Cake with Baileys Irish Cream Glaze averiecooks.com

3. Frozen Chocolate Pudding and Wafer Cake (No-Bake, 3 ingredients) – Chocolate instant pudding, Cool Whip, and wafers. Perfect for kiddie birthday parties or any event you need a last minute, easy cake

Frozen Chocolate Pudding and Wafer Cake (No-Bake, 3 ingredients) averiecooks.com

4. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache – Probably my favorite cake on my site. It’s what you’d get if you crossed the buttery-est yellow cake with pumpkin, added chocolate chips, and draped it all in a rich ganache. It’s a one-bowl, whisk-together cake that takes minutes to make, with amazing results. Moist, tender, flavorful, easy and everyone who’s made this cake writes to tell me they make it…again. Always a hit

 Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache averiecooks.com

5. Banana Bread Brownies with Vanilla Caramel Glaze – Somewhere between a dense chocolate cake, moist banana bread, and fudgy brownies is this recipe that was a happy accident and turned out far better than I could have hoped. The glaze is crazy good, and it’s my favorite glaze recipe on my site

Banana Bread Brownies with Vanilla Caramel Glaze averiecooks.com

6. Fudgy Nutella Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting – My go-to brownie recipe, and although it’s not a cake, it’s for chocolate lovers. Like the Chocolate Cake (item 1), it’s an easy one-bowl, no mixer required brownie recipe that’s easier than using a boxed mix. It’s my go-to brownie recipe, and I never cheat on it. It delivers rich, decadent, super fudgy, and not at all cakey brownies, every time

Fudgy Nutella Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting averiecooks.com

7. White and Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake Bars – Part cake, part cheesecake, rolled into one and topped with cream cheese frosting. Fast and very easy to make, with decadent results. A big hit on Pinterest

White and Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Chocolate Cake Bars averiecooks.com

8. Ho Hos with Cream Cheese Frosting – One year for my husband’s birthday we were traveling and this was his cake. Nostalgic memories of both of our childhood’s and eating Ho-Hos or Little Debbie Swiss Rolls

Ho Hos with Cream Cheese Frosting averiecooks.com

9. Mounds Bar Chocolate Coconut Cake Mix Cookies – For those who enjoy the combination of coconut and chocolate, these cake mix cookies are for you. Coconut flakes are worked into the cookie batter and then chunks of Mounds Bars are stuffed into the cookies. Cake mix cookies are always easy and goofproof. Soft, moist, and oozing with chocolate

Mounds Bar Chocolate Coconut Cake Mix Cookies averiecooks.com

10. Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Donuts with Vanilla Peanut Butter Glaze – The combination of peanut butter and chocolate is my all-time favorite and these chocolate cake donuts have peanut butter in the batter so they stay nice and moist, and are then drenched with a luscious vanilla-peanut butter glaze. The recipe can be made as muffins if you don’t have a donut pan

Baked Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Donuts with Vanilla Peanut Butter Glaze averiecooks.com

Quintuple Chocolate Fudgy Brownie Cookies – Not a chocolate cake but these fudgy brownie cookies are made for the extreme chocaholic, and are hands down, my favorite chocolate cookie. Chocolate is used five times: Cocoa powder, melted bittersweet baking chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate chips, diced chocolate and caramel-filled truffles (or use your fave diced candy bar) and chocolate-filled Oreo cookies. Highly recommended

Quintuple Chocolate Fudgy Brownie Cookies averiecooks.com

Do you have a favorite recipe for chocolate cake? Or any favorite recipes using chocolate?

What are you eating or making in honor of National Chocolate Cake Day? Did you celebrate National Peanut Butter Day?

Please tell me about your favorites and leave links if you have them. And I definitely celebrated National PB Day with the best Peanut Butter Cookies I’ve ever had in my life, hands down.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway in honor of National Peanut Butter Day for Kind Healthy Peanut Butter Snacks Giveaway

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  1. I just made the peanut butter with roasted, unsalted peanuts from Trader Joe’s. I will never buy peanut butter again. And I’m gonna make the chocolate cake for Super Bowl. Can’t wait.

    1. So glad that you’re a PB convert now, Mary! Once you make your own, the storebought never tastes the same! And that cake is a keeper. Please LMK how it goes for you!

  2. Chocolate Cake Day!? How did I miss it!? Guess there will have to be a make-up this weekend. ;) Love when you do these round-ups of past recipes, Averie. I end up pinning all of them to make later!

  3. My vote is for number four, and I will get the bundt pan out tomorrow to prove it! :o) Pumpkin and chocolate! You did this to me! Got me hooked on this combination! LOVE the cookie combo, too! Saturday just as my thin mints came out of the fridge, the neighborhood girl scout showed up with her mommy! I had to show off what you taught me! (I also came up with a recipe for the lemon Savannahs. Now I need to find a fake Samoas recipe!)

    1. I have a recipe that is Samoas-type flavors

      There are lots of knockoffs on Allrecipes.com & similar for Samoas. They are usually VERY fussy…the shortbread crust, rolling, punching holes, then the filling, bake that, then the caramel, the the toasted coconut, the chocolate dipping process. I will gladly just buy those :)

      Thin Mints = EASY!!! Glad you’re a fan and the neighbor girl and her mom saw them…love that! And #4 is WORTH IT! LMK how it goes for you! Easy and fast batter!

  4. Oh goodness, you’re killing me here Averie! So many delicious chocolate recipes to choose from! I think I’m going to have to try the chocolate cake with chocolate ganache first – the ganache looks incredible!

  5. Those are not good pictures to look at during a time in which you’ve given up sugar (enter: me!). Although they are beautiful and tempting nevertheless!

  6. Oh wow. I have already made 1, 4 and 6 many times! Those were such hits here in our home. Didn’t know it was National Chocolate Cake Day! That’s so awesome…cause it is also my birthday! Woo hoo! Actually, we had a huge lemon chiffon cake with lemon curd and cream cheese frosting for the party, though! Guess we missed the chocolate boat…not that we won’t make up for it later! ;-)

    1. You’re the 2nd person who’s commented in this post that it’s your bday! The other is a friends’ mom’s bday, but Happy Bday, Michele!!! And what a great day to be born :) And you make more of my stuff than almost anyone; and so glad they’re faves. They are with me too! Those are the ones I remake, again and again! Have a wonderful year and hope you had a great day with your family! xo

  7. The Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache….. Oh such sweet memories. I need to make that again soon ~ very soon. Like Super Bowl soon! Averie, it is THE BEST chocolate cake EVER!!!! Those fudgey Nutella brownies are next on the list. Can you believe I’ve never had Nutella? I know (head hanging in shame)…. We must change that.

    1. Nutella is amazing stuff but you can make the brownies without it. It’s just swirled into the top but isn’t necessary if you don’t have it. And I am so glad you really feel like it’s the best ever chocolate cake! Feel free to leave a comment on that post singing it’s praises if you have time and if not, no worries and glad you love it so much! :)

  8. Oh, Happy National Chocolate Cake Day! (My mom’s birthday too…she must have had a hand in the timing.) :D
    Each cake is making me crave chocolate- something that’s quite rare! But your chocolate cake with chocolate ganache is beyone words! That frosting is sheer, unadulterated indulgence!

  9. Lol, Averie! You are so lucky to have both of your favorite ingredients’ days in a row! I am so happy for you. And you made me want some chocolate now! That is a problem because I haven’t had anything sweet in a week, maybe 10 days. Had no cravings. And now I have this urge for a piece of chocolate with my green tea. :) So, where is the problem? Well, the only sweet thing in this house is a raw cane sugar and chocolate syrup, that I absolutely hate (teenager likes it. I think he eats even with his meat). Oh, I see a solution: how about you have a piece of chocolate for me, and I have a cup of tea for you?! :)
    Have a lovely week!

    1. Have a great week as well and the past few weeks I’ve been trying to reduce some of my coffee for tea. It will never be the same but there are some fun tea flavors out there that I enjoy.

  10. Oh my gosh, I wish I had read this post this morning, because I totally would have whipped up a chocolate cake for… me, myself, and I. ;) What a wonderful holiday! I think I could eat that entire chocolate cake w/ chocolate ganache. That’d be an acceptable dinner, right? ;)

    1. Totally acceptable :) And it’s a small cake and SUPER fast to make, as in 5 mins for the batter and bake!

  11. Oh my! I almost fell over when I saw the first picture with the Chocolate Cake. That cake looks amazing.

  12. I didn’t know it was National Chocolate Cake day. And now I can’t even think about a favorite chocolate cake after looking at your astonishing mouth-watering collection here. I’m in a chocolate cake coma!

  13. I love all these yummy food holidays and your recipe features for today are making me drool! I made the PB choc chunk cookies and everybody loved them–the texture is great! We also loved the rosemary lemon roasted veggies–it was a nice change and a reminder to use more fresh herbs in the winter. I get in a groove (or a hurry) and grab Mrs. Dash a lot for broccoli and brussels sprouts this time of year. My stepdaughter made raspberry bars and apple turnovers with our neighbor so we missed the boat on chocolate cake day. They used egg roll wrappers for the turnovers which I thought was a creative short cut.

    1. Raspberry bars sound amazing. They are a favorite of mine! I love them…and at this time of year, what an unexpected treat!

      So glad you tried the cookies and the veggies. The cookies are just a huge fave for me! And then the veggies, I too am a Mrs Dash girl all the way. It’s nice to mix things up, but 95% of the time, I grab that (I have tons of blends/flavors) or just an all-purpose spice blend!

      Can you write on the cookie post that you made them? I know some people don’t believe that a no flour/no white sugar/no butter cookie can actually work :)

  14. It was also national pie day on Wednesday. Looking at all these yummy recipes makes me want some chocolate. I guess I’ll have to give carob a try.

  15. Ahhh….peanut butter and chocolate cake are also two of my favorite food items. Can’t believe they have to share a week of celebrating. All your delicious pictures give me an insane chocolate craving, especially those last fudgy brownie cookies…yum!

    1. The pictures for those cookies never did them justice. No matter how I shot them, they just never really spoke to me as much as the cookies deserved! I hope you try them one day!