Happy National Chocolate Cake Day!
Monday, January 27, 2014 at 12:00 AM | Sarah Romeu
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Chocolate cake is known to be one of the most indulgent desserts around! The sweet combination of chocolate and cake is still one of the best treats around. Traditionally made with chocolate batter and chocolate frosting, this cake gained noteriety in the mid 1930's when companies like Duncan Hines made it easier to cook chocolate cakes at home with their boxed mixes.

Fast forward to the 80's & 90's and you'll see where chocolate cakes got an extreme makeover in the form of chocolate molten cakes with liquid chocolate centers and chocolate cakes infused with tasty and unique flavors like curry. Now chocolate pastries and treats can be admired, bought and awed over in all different types of specialty bake shops and chocolate lounges around the world.

Chocolate cake is one dessert that is universally adored by all. Chocolatiers from every country have dabbled in the art of making outstanding cakes with their unique chocolate. From moist cake to fudge centers to the perfect chocolate frosting, making chocolate cake can be tricky. We do know one thing though, no matter how much chocolate you like on or in your cake, too much is never enough! 

Chocohalics rejoice because we've rounded up the best chocolate cakes in NYC and gave you some foolproof recipes to help you celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day! Now lets get chocolate wasted!

Here are the best chocolate cakes from our favorite bakeries right here in New York City!

Francois Payard Louvre Cake

This dome shaped masterpiece is covered in chocolate glaze and on the inside is where the magic happens. A mix of chocolate mousse and hzelnut mousse come together with a hazelnut dacquoise over a hazelnut wafer. Gold accents and even more chocolate goodies decorate the outside of the cake. This masterpiece is almost too good to eat... ALMOST!

Available for pick-up or delivery. Order yours today here!

$28 & up

116 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012


Francois Payard Decadence Cake

This chocolate piece of perfection should be reserve for the serious chocolate lovers out there. The inside is made with rich chocolate cake while the outside is dusted with cocoa powder and decorated with chocolate macorons! YUM!

Available for pick-up or delivery. Order yours today here!

$56- $65


116 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012


Lavo's 20- Layer Chocolate Cake

This monstrosity of a cake is made with 10 layers of the chocolate cake and 10 layers of peanut butter cream that is made with mascarpone cheese! If that wasn't enough they covered the whole cake in even more chocolate! This cake should be named the 8th wonder of the world!


39 E 58th St New York, NY

Max Brenner's Molten Chocolate Cake 

Max Brenner knows how to take chocolate and turn it into a memorable experience. Their milk and white chocolate molten heart cake comes with vanilla icecream, red berries and an icy milk chocolate shot on the side. You may want to skip dinner for this treat!


check out their multiple NYC locations here!


Vegan Divas' Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake  

This flourless and rich cake is made from almond flour as a substitute for anyone who is sensitive to gluten. This completely vegan chocolate cake will wow your tastebuds with its richness and flavor!


Check out their multiple NYC locations here!

Delicious Chocolate Cake Recipes:

Cakes may have taken different forms throughout the years, more recently cupcakes and cake pops, but what remains the same is the lasting effect a great dessert like chocolate cake can have. The perfect end to a meal or a meal in itself, if you're deciding to spend National Chocolate Cake Day baking at home then we have some great recipes that will wow your guests! Check them out below!

The first is a quick, easy & classic chocolate cake recipe from the chocolate experts themselves, Hershey's! The second is a flourless chocolate cake that is simple and easy and is a great alternative for anyone looking for a gluten-free cake!


Hershey's "PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" Chocolate Cake Recipe


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water



1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with "PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" CHOCOLATE FROSTING. 10 to 12 servings.

"Perfectly Chocolate" chocolate frosting:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.



Flourless Chocolate Cake



  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 (1 ounce) squaresbittersweet chocolate
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 6 eggs





  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease one 10 inch round cake pan and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat combine the water, salt and sugar. Stir until completely dissolved and set aside.
  3. Either in the top half of a double boiler or in a microwave oven melt the bittersweet chocolate. Pour the chocolate into the bowl of an electric mixer.
  4. Cut the butter into pieces and beat the butter into the chocolate, 1 piece at a time. Beat in the hot sugar-water. Slowly beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Have a pan larger than the cake pan ready, put the cake pan in the larger pan and fill the pan with boiling water halfway up the sides of the cake pan.
  6. Bake cake in the water bath at 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for 45 minutes. The center will still look wet. Chill cake overnight in the pan. To unmold, dip the bottom of the cake pan in hot water for 10 seconds and invert onto a serving plate.
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