It's National Chocolate Cake Day: Prepare to Drool Over These 10 Gorgeous Cakes

From a four-layer fudge extravaganza to a stunningly beautiful version made with blackberries, these mouthwatering chocolate cake recipes will inspire you to cancel your plans and bake all day.

Ultimate Chocolate Fudge Cake

Ultimate Chocolate Fudge Cake

Jenny Zarins

Fluffy and light, this architectural beauty is made up of four layers of chocolatey goodness. Dust with confectioners' sugar to create the perfect centerpiece for any occasion.

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Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Alison Shaw

This elegant, deeply chocolatey cake is spiked with Marsala wine, and gets its smooth, chiffon-like texture from a hit of extra-virgin olive oil.

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Blackberry and Mint Cake

Blackberry and Mint Cake

Georgia Glynn Smith

This visual work of art is made with dark chocolate and piled high with blackberries, so it's practically a health food, right?

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Black Forest Gateau

Black Forest Gateau

Dorling Kindersley Limited

Remember Black Forest cake? If you haven't had this gloriously retro German treat--made with black cherries and Kirsch-- in way too long, what are you waiting for? Bake this cake right now.

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Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Cake

Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Cake

Amy Green

Sitting on a bed of thick hot fudge, this cake is an oozy, gooey mess of deliciousness. It's also ideal for people with a dairy or gluten intolerance, since it's made with almond milk and gluten-free ingredients.

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Chocolate Banana Cake with Rum Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Banana Cake with Rum Cream Cheese Frosting

Britt Kurent

Chocolate, ripe bananas, and rum join forces in this deliciously boozy cake.

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Chocolate Almond Cake

Chocolate Almond Cake

Dorling Kindersley Limited

This dense chocolate cake is all about the frosting: The super-rich, buttery ganache is so luxuriously chocolatey, you'll want to devour it before you even put it on the cake. Restrain yourself!

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Chocolate-Espresso Icebox Cake

Chocolate-Espresso Icebox Cake

Regan Burns Cafiso

Ready for one of the easiest chocolate cakes ever? This mousse-like chocolate and espresso cake doesn't even need an oven; it just sets overnight in the fridge.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Birthday Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Gluten-Free Chocolate Birthday Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Jules E. Dowler Shepard

A no-frills treat for any night of the week (don't just save it for birthdays!), this is a simple reminder of why we all fell in love with chocolate cake in the first place.

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Devin's Food Layer Cake

Devin's Food Layer Cake

Mitch Mandel/Tom McDonald/Rodale Images

Courtesy of chef Devin Alexander, this deeply satisfying and relatively light chocolate cake--made with fat-free yogurt, egg whites, and agave nectar--is delicious and (bonus) guilt-free.

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