We've pulled together the best chocolate cake recipes for those moments when nothing but the ultimate decadence will do. WARNING: this page is dangerous reading for anyone still aiming to be on any kind of diet (apart from the "eat chocolate cake every day of the week" diet that we recently invented...any takers?)
If you want a proper professional-looking chocolate cake topped with a delicious dark chocolate ganache and guaranteed to impress guests, this is the one for you. Also recommended as a base for a Black Forest trifle - simply add liqueur, cherries, custard and cream on top of the cake for a divinely wicked dessert.
Have you got the willpower? Can you resist eating the whole thing in one day? If so, you need pamgran's long-lasting chocolate cake - which allegedly kept lovely and moist for an entire camping holiday. Once you've got your mind around exactly how a whole family could have such restraint, check out the recipe below.
Mary Berry is a god among cake-makers, so thanks to shodatin for uploading this one. Given that it's been tried and tested over 30 years, it should be foolproof. Besides which, it comes with all the authority of the Great British Bakeoff judge, and you can freeze it if you're organised enough to be planning ahead.
The absolute easiest chocolate cake recipe you've ever laid your eyes on. No scales required, just a mug and a teaspoon. No more than the equipment you need to make a cup of tea, in short. Make these when you don't have much time for the actual cooking.
Grandkids' birthdays are an important occasion for celebration (and, in case you thought we forgot why we were here, chocolate cake eating). This one will make any self-respecting grandchild burst with joy, topped with its jellied sweets and chocolate buttons. And if you're a glutton for punishment, it's big enough for a party.
We know, we know, we promised you absolutely no health talk in these tips, but how about a chocolate cake that contains one of your five a day? This courgette chocolate cake from Baggy has yum written all over it (don't hold us to the five-a-day thing, by the way).