8 Over-the-Top Chocolate Cakes

Baked Alaska Birthday Cake © Con Poulos
By Kristin Donnelly Posted April 04, 2015

If you’re looking for an ambitious dessert to make or just love things that are sweet, sticky and occasionally gooey, these are your chocolate cakes!

If you’re looking for an ambitious dessert to make or just love things that are sweet, sticky and occasionally gooey, these are your chocolate cakes!

1. German chocolate
There’s actually nothing German about this famous cake, which is topped with a nutty and coconutty frosting. It was originally named for German’s chocolate, the brand of baking chocolate.

2. Coconut-filled
This Bundt cake looks quite simple until you slice it and reveal a creamy coconut center, almost like a chocolate Easter egg.

3. Caramel-coffee
Thick layers of caramel-coffee mousse are sandwiched between moist chocolate cake for an absolutely incredible dessert.

4. Baked Alaska birthday cake
Okay, so the cake part of this dessert is actually quite simple: It’s store-bought! After the cake is sliced, it’s layered with two different types of ice cream and covered in a billowy meringue that gets slightly burned with a pastry torch.

5. Chocolate stump cake
Inspired by the French Christmas classic, bûche de Noël, this incredible stump-shaped cake is fun to make anytime you’re in the mood for a baking project and want impressive results. To make the cake look less wintery, you can cover it with edible flours.

6. S’mores cake
To make a simple square cake spectacular, cover it with a homemade marshmallow topping before broiling it and topping with graham crackers as a nod to the campfire sweet.

7. Chocolate-Peanut Butter
This great layer cake is for the crunch lovers: almonds, peanuts and Rice Krispies get mixed into the filling to give the cake a great mix of textures.

8. Chocolate truffle
Fudgy chocolate cake gets layered with white chocolate and dark chocolate ganache to form a spectacular rectangular layer cake. The whole thing is then (of course) covered in chocolate frosting.

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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