Recipe Spotlight: Chocolate Cake

Just Plain Chocolate Cake

There are a few things in life that mean the world, and one of them is baking someone a beautiful, homemade cake. Of all the possible cakes to be made, the one that positively must be in your repertoire is chocolate. Once you’ve perfected the plain chocolate cake, you can get creative in myriad ways by adding wine, whiskey, or just about any variety of fruit. But first, you’ve got to master that simply perfect just-plain chocolate cake.

Start simply.

Since an online search would surely plunge you into a never-ending chocolate-cake-recipe rabbit hole, we’re happy to share three which should cover all your basic needs. If you’re new to baking cakes, it would be a good idea to procure some measuring cups and spoons, a spring-form pan, and some parchment paper. Review this step-by-step how-to guide before you get started to avoid common mistakes and mishaps. Once you’ve baked one cake, your ownership of the essential materials and ingredients will make you that much more likely to give it a second go – regardless of your first-time results.

So, here are the recipes!

The Classic: Ultimate Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting

This gorgeous cake stands a good chance of being your go-to – “dark, fudgy and ultra-moist and slathered with a dark chocolate fudge frosting that’s ultra rich and not too sweet.” Complete with thoughtful commentary, this recipe from Love & Olive Oil will delight newbies and seasoned bakers alike.

With Beer: Chocolate Guinness Cake

Celebrating a special occasion with someone who believes that beer makes everything better? Impress by replacing the liquids in your cake with a classic Guinness stout. This recipe is super easy and reliably delicious.

The Vegan: No-Bake Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake

Don’t let dietary restrictions throw a wrench in the works! You’ll be a baking superhero when you show up with this vegan chocolate cake that’s free of gluten and dairy. Just be sure to note that it needs to set overnight.