9 chocolate cake recipes that are perfect for any occasion

There’s food, and then there’s chocolate. Chocolate cake, to be precise. Even those on the keto diet would break their diets for a slice of what many imagine to be heaven.

Decadent, deeply satisfying, and ultimately comforting, chocolate cake is the friend that will never let you down. And be it dairy-free, sugar-free, white or dark chocolate, vegan, or even flour-free, there’s a chocolate cake for everyone.

While there are ready-to-eat ones out there that you can grab and go, nothing beats the chocolate cake that you make with love which is why AVENUE ONE has found nine chocolate cake recipes of all kinds for you to try. Make one or all, we won’t judge!

1. World’s Best Chocolate Cake

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Is this truly the world’s best chocolate cake? Well, lots of people think so. Adapted by London chef Yotam Ottolenghi from Helen Goh’s celebrated chocolate cake from her Melbourne cafe, Mortar & Pestle, this cake is worth every last chocolatey calorie.

It’s moist, it’s delicious, and it’s the perfect balance of everything a chocolate cake is. And true to its “World’s Best Chocolate Cake” title, it’s so good it can be eaten on its own, without the frosting and with just a light dusting of good cocoa powder. We hear it goes best with a thin layer of ganache, but don’t take our word for it and give it all a try!

If you have to bake one chocolate cake on this list, make it this one.

Get the recipe here.

2. Martha Stewart’s One Bowl Chocolate Cake

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Yes, that’s right – one bowl is all you will need to make your very own version of happiness in a chocolate cake. Martha Stewart’s recipes are usually a big hit, and this solo bowl chocolate cake recipe doesn’t disappoint at all.

With one bowl, you can whip up an impressive double layer chocolate ganache frosted cake that’s perfect for any day, with or without a special occasion.  Chocolatey and just the right touch of sweet thanks to the buttercream frosting (which you’ll need to make separately, recipe can be found here), you certainly won’t be stopping at just one slice.

Get the recipe here.

3. Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake

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Most dairy-free chocolate cake recipes require some form of vegan butter substitute, but not this one that we’re about to share this one with you. No fancy vegan butters here, only ingredients that you can easily find in your pantry like flour, sugar, eggs, and oil.

Even the frosting can be made with any dairy-free whipped cream, including coconut cream – learn how to make that right here.

This recipe calls for hot black coffee to be added to the batter because coffee heightens the chocolate flavour and it helps the cocoa bloom. But if you’d rather not, you could make do with hot water – that way, your cocoa will still bloom, drawing out its richness that your mouth will thank you for.

Get the recipe here.

4. Flourless Chocolate Cake with Mocha Whipped Cream

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To our friends who are staying off gluten for whatever reasons, we have not forgotten you! And neither has chocolate cake, happily. This flourless recipe promises a moist cake that’s fudgy and dense, a bit like a rich brownie, and not overly dry or spongy from the hardened eggs, which this flourless recipe leans heavily on. Intrigued? We are.

The secret is in the baking: you’ll want to bake this in a steamy oven. You do this by simply putting a metal pan of water on the bottom rack, while your cake bakes on the middle rack. This yields a perfect cake that sets dense and fudgy as it cools.

We highly recommend making the mocha whipped cream in the recipe to top this off, along with berries and a dusting of sugar. The light mocha cream really deepens the chocolate, creating an explosion of flavours on your fork.

Get the recipe here.

5. Double Chocolate Whisky Cake

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If you’ve never tried whisky and chocolate together before, please do so stat. There’s something quite magical about the flavour combination of warm whisky and luxurious chocolate.

This cake is the ultimate celebratory cake, rich and smooth with that hint of smoky whisky. And the silky, creamy ganache is really the kicker, elevating every forkful to great chocolatey heights.

Do yourself a favour and use good chocolate. It doesn’t have to be luxurious, Ghiradelli or Hershey’s that you can get from the grocery store are excellent chocolates for such a cake.

Get the recipe here.

6. Chocolate Banana Cake with Espresso Fudge Frosting

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Ahhhh, chocolate, banana, and coffee – they’re a trio of flavours you never knew you needed to try till now. Aromatic, fragrant, and just the right amount of sweet, you’ll be reaching for slice after slice of this yummy treat.

This chocolate banana bread is hands-down the best snacking cake ever. It’s moist and lush, has chocolate chips strewn around for good measure, and is topped by the most decadent espresso fudge ganache. Yum.

The trick to getting that lovely moist texture that’s just the right amount of fluffy and fudgy is in using ripe bananas. You’ll also want to add some sour cream for that little kick of savoury to balance out the sweetness of the ripe bananas – it’s worth it, we promise.

Get the recipe here.

7. White Chocolate Cake

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Chocolate cake puritans may argue that a white chocolate cake doesn’t deserve a spot on our list, but we beg to differ. We welcome all kinds of chocolate with wide-open arms – dark, milk, white, or even pink! This white chocolate cake is absolutely gorgeous to behold, and even more gorgeous to tuck into.

For good measure, white chocolate is incorporated into the cake layers, frosting, and drip. We especially love that while white chocolate can be a tad cloyingly sweet, this cake isn’t at all. How? We don’t know, but bake it and give it a try.

Get the recipe here.

8. Molten Chocolate Cake

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Fact: you can make this gorgeous, oozy lava cake in less than an hour. Also fact: you can eat it all in slightly over five minutes.

This magical creation with a cakey exterior and a centre of warm, flowy chocolate is a dream to dig into, for sure. Utterly bingeable because they’re so fun-sized and yet irresistibly addictive such that you won’t be able to stop at just one. (Good thing this recipe yields four!)

The trickiest bit of this recipe is melting the butter together with the chocolate over a double boiler for the smoothest, silkiest melted chocolate. But, if all that work really puts you off, you could do this using a microwave too.

You just need to do this in 30-second pockets, stirring after each beep, so that you don’t burn the chocolate. If you see that the chocolate is almost totally melted save for a few lumps, do resist the temptation to put it back in for one last zap. Just stir it until it’s completely smooth and you’ll be digging into an oozy, decadent chocolate lava cake in no time.

Get the recipe here.

9. Lush Chocolate Milo Cake

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Here’s one for us Singaporeans who grew up envisioning the iconic green Milo sign whenever someone mentions a cup of hot chocolate! This luscious Milo chocolate cake is a real mood-lifter – indeed, it’s marvelous what Milo can do for you! (Hands up if you sang that line out.)

Milo is essentially malted chocolate powder, so think of this cake as a triple chocolate cake. The cake layers are made with dark chocolate and buttermilk, while the frosting is a one-of-a-kind malted chocolate sour cream that’s velvety and smooth with amazing depth of flavour. And everything is covered with a blanket of crunchy, malty Milo powder – yums!

Get the cake recipe here and Milo frosting recipe here.