3 Out Of This World Chocolate Cake Recipes That Will Make Your Heart Melt

National Chocolate Cake Day is finally here! In fact to some, this day is the one of the best days of the year. Some even say that calories don’t count when eating chocolate cake on National Chocolate Cake Day. We’ll just go ahead and agree with that statement. The best thing about chocolate cake, besides how decadent and delicious it is, is the fact that there are so many unique things version you can make, whether you’re gluten-free, vegan and non of the above. Say goodbye to the norm, and hello to these crazy, fun, different chocolate cake recipes you will be dying to try.

american mud cake

Extreme Chocolate Cake

This recipe comes from All Recipes, and is a richer, more extreme take on the traditional chocolate cake. The recipe calls for a moist chocolate cake topped with chocolate buttercream frosting, add extra chocolate to anything and I will say yes! This cake is a chocolate lovers dream and a must try on National Chocolate Cake Day!



2 cups white sugar
1 ¾ cup all purpose flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I prefer Hershey’s, to make this chocolate cake even more decadent, use the Dark Cocoa powder)
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk


½ cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
¾ cup (1.5 sticks) butter
1 ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

(If you used the regular cocoa powder for the cake, try switching to the dark chocolate for the frosting and vice versa)

5 cup confectioners sugar
⅔ cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract



1. Preheat oven to 350º  Grease and flour two 9 in. cake pans
2. In a medium bowl stir  together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
3. Add in the eggs, milk, and vanilla and mix together for 3 minutes with an electric mixer.
4. Stir in the boiling water by hand. Then pour the batter evenly into both cake pans.
5. Bake for 30-35 min. Let cool for 10 min before removing from pan.


1. Cream butter until light and fluffy
2. Stir in the cocoa and confectioners sugar alternately with the milk and vanilla. Beat until the consistency is spreadable.
3. Split the layers of the cooled cake horizontally, and cover the top of each layer with frosting. Stack them onto a serving dish and frost the sides.

chocolate poke cake
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Triple Chocolate Poke Cake

The recipes keep getting more chocolatey and I keep getting happier. The poke cake is a cake where once you’re done baking it, you poke holes into in order to add more chocolate. I repeat – poke more holes, ADD MORE CHOCOLATE. This cake knows how to curb your chocolate cravings. The Triple Chocolate Poke Cake recipe comes from The Two Bite Club blog.



2 cups sugar
1 ¾ cup all purpose flour
¾ unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 ½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
½ cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water


1 cup sugar
¼ unsweetened cocoa powder
¼  cup butter (½ stick)
¼ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Chocolate Shaving from a bar of chocolate



1. Preheat your oven to 350°.  Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish/pan.
2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

3. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and beat for 3 minutes with an electric mixer.

4. Stir in the boiling water.  (The mixture will look very thin and runny, but don’t fret!  It’ll come out just right!)
5. Pour the mixture into your greased baking dish.  Bake for 42 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.  Let sit for at least 10 minutes.


1. Add all of the icing ingredients to a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute.

2. Cool for 5 minutes, then beat with an electric mixer for 3 minutes.
3. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, carefully poke deep holes into the cake.

4. Pour the glaze over the top of the cake, making sure to get some of the glaze into all of the holes.(Use a rubber spatula to carefully spread the glaze evenly over the cake, if you need to.)

5. Sprinkle the chocolate shavings over the entire cake.  (Chocolate chips sprinkled on top would be good, too!)



Nutella Stuffed Oreo Cupcakes

Vegan Oreo and Nutella Stuffed Cupcakes

It wouldn’t be a chocolate cake article if I didn’t add at least one recipe for the perfect cupcake for the vegans out there. I warn you, that if you do make this and want to use a vegan alternative to nutella, it might be a little pricey, but the change could be worth it. These cupcakes are easier to make than they look, and even easier to eat!


½ Earth Balance (melted)
1 cup of sugar
2 eggs (or 3 tsps of ener-g and 4 warm tbsps of water)
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup of flour
⅓ cup of cocoa powder
¼ tsp. of baking soda
24 oreos
½ nutella (or vegan hazelnut spread)


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the egg replacer, sugar, melted earth balance and vanilla. Next, slowly fold in the dry ingredients and stir until smooth.
4. Take two cookies and spread 1 tbsp of Nutella on top of each then stack them. Place the 2 cookies into a liner or silicone baking cup. Repeat with the rest of the cookies.
5. Once all of your cookies are in place, spoon a few tablespoons of brownie batter directly on top. It will run over the edges filling the liner.
6. Bake 20-­25 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the side at around 20 minutes and if it comes out clean they are done.

– Cara Meyers, Guest Contributor