10 Favorite Chocolate Cake Recipes

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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50 comments on “10 Favorite Chocolate Cake Recipes”

  1. Man, do you know how to make someone hungry with your photography!:)
    I haven’t made a chocolate cake in a little while, but the first chocolate recipe that I thought of in terms of unexpected favorites was this chocolate black Russian: http://scrumptiousgruel.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/dark-days/

  2. 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!

  3. The pumpkin chocolate chip bundt looks amazing! What a great collection.

  4. 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.

  5. CHOCOLATE!!! Oh my-this post made me HUNGRY!

  6. 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.

    • 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 :)

  7. So much chocolate…so little time! I think this flourless chocolate cake is my absolute favorite!

    And, I do love chocolate cake batter fudge. I picked up some peanuts at the store this morning to make some homemade PB. I can’t wait!

  8. 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!

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

  10. Love all the chocolate goodies here Averie!!!

  11. How I wish I had a slice of your cake, the ganache topping is incredible!

  12. 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? ;)

  13. Okay I reeeeallllllllyyyyy want chocolate cake now…

  14. Happy National Chocolate Cake Day Averie! Those chocolate peanut butter donuts look to die for!

  15. So much chocolate! Everything looks SO delicious, yum. :)

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. You’re killing me, Averie! But it’s death by chocolate, so I’m ok with it :P

  20. Oh man, my mouth is watering! All the cakes look amazing!! AMAZING!!!!!!!

  21. 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! ;-)

    • 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

  22. Oh my – I’m not even much of a chocolate person but I seriously want to make ALL OF THIS!

  23. Your chocolate cake with ganache looks heavenly!

  24. MMMM!!! So many delicious chocolatey morsels of goodnesss!!!

  25. 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!

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