For the best chocolate cake recipe for chocolate sheet cake (also known as Texas sheet cake), German chocolate, and even cheesecake, we will have the ultimate chocolate cake recipe in each category.
I have a couple of family favorites starting with German Chocolate. It was a favorite of my dad, my husband and now my kids. You can find a plethora of recipes for German chocolate cake, but I will share our favorite which comes from my old faithful, Betty Crocker.
If you buy a Betty Crocker, make sure you are getting one with the basics in it. So many of the newer editions have recipes that call for cake mixes. Don't get me wrong, cake mixes are wonderful, but when you want to make a homemade chocolate cake, you need a real recipe! I own the 40th Anniversary Edition and that is where the following recipe comes from.
To save time, I will frequently buy a boxed mix or even a pre-made cake (SHHH! don't tell anyone!), but the absolute best is when you take the time to make it from scratch.
The best chocolate cake recipe for German Chocolate deserves the best frosting which is of course the Coconut-Pecan, also from Betty Crocker.
Another all time favorite is a chocolate sheet cake, AKA, Texas sheet cake. I remember when I was growing up, this was my first 'baking experience'! If you have a young baker, let her/him make this recipe. It is a fairly simple chocolate cake recipe to follow even if there are multiple steps, and it feels like such an accomplishment when s/he is given tons of praise because it always turns out great. (Unless of course you forget to add the baking soda...true story...) ;-)
For a sheet cake, you will find that this is THE best chocolate cake recipe.
The next in line of our 'best chocolate cake recipe' is a chocolate cheese cake recipe which also happens to be a no bake cheesecake recipe. This makes such a great simple cheesecake recipe for the summer (anytime really) when you want a nice dessert but do not want to turn on the oven. Use a store bought crust to save baking one.
A friend of mine shared this recipe with me and she says that as an added bonus, you can use ANY flavor baking chips you desire like white chocolate chips, cherry, butterscotch... and any other flavorings like mint... The combinations are endless!
Right up front I have to say I haven't experimented with these ideas, but if you do let me know.
You may have cheesecake aficionados that since it isn't baked it's not a reeeaaalll cheesecake. You can then just tell them it's a cheesecake mousse and grin to yourself!
So the best chocolate cake recipe for a no bake cheesecake is as follows:
2 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1 c heavy cream, whipped
1/2 c sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 c dark chocolate chips
Mix softened cream cheese, whipped cream, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave then blend into the cream cheese mixture.
Pour into a prepared graham cracker crust. For the serious chocolate lover, you can use a chocolate crust or an Oreo crust. Cover and chill.
To make individual servings, place nilla wafers into the bottom of a clear disposable cup (the 9 oz size is best I think) or use some extra tea cups and fill about half way. Cover with plastic wrap and chill.
Chill at least 4 hours. I think it is best made the day before.