7 Best Simple Chocolate Cakes

Icebox Chocolate Cheesecake © Con Poulos
By Kristin Donnelly Posted April 05, 2015

Even when they look decadent, these cakes come together fast and with just a few ingredients—most of which you probably have in your pantry.

Even when they look decadent, these cakes come together fast and with just a few ingredients—most of which you probably have in your pantry.

1. Easiest layer cake
This moist, chocolatey cake comes together fast and is an F&W staff favorite.

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2. With red wine
Unfrosted and made in a Bundt, this fluffy cake has a grown-up, not-too-sweet taste.

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3. Flourless
Chef Sara Jenkins loves the fudgy cake from British food writer Elizabeth David’s French Provincial Cooking, which she spikes with rum and espresso.

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4. With buttercream and cocoa nibs
Made in a square pan, this buttercream chocolate cake is the perfect afternoon snack. The cocoa nibs sprinkled on top add a great crunch, but you could easily omit them if you prefer.

5. Icebox cake
Chocolate wafers become the base for dead simple “cakes.” Either layer them with chocolate cream cheese for a three-ingredient cheater cheesecake or arrange them in chocolate mousse for a complex-looking but quite easy dessert.

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6. Gluten-free
This pleasantly dense cake is made with coconut flour and sweetened with maple syrup.

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7. Marble pound cake
This straightforward, crowd-pleasing loaf cake gets made almost entirely in the food processor.

Kristin Donnelly is a former Food & Wine editor and author of the forthcoming The Modern Potluck (Clarkson Potter, 2016). She is also the cofounder of Stewart & Claire, an all-natural line of lip balms made in Brooklyn.

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