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17 Decadent chocolate cake recipes you just can't resist

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

Valentine's Day is the best excuse to eat over-the-top, indulgent chocolate cake

You've already started cheating on your resolutions a bit, right? And now Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Not that you needed an excuse to eat more chocolate cake, but you've got one if you want one.

This Valentine's Day, bake up a storm in your kitchen, and whip up these recipes for chocolate cake: indulgent, decadent and truly delicious. Because a slice of chocolate cake cures all that ails you — it's just what the doctor ordered. P.S.: We are not doctors, but we do love chocolate cake.

1. Heath bar cake recipe

Valentine's Day is the best excuse to eat over-the-top, indulgent chocolate cake

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Start off by indulging in a slice or three of this gorgeous Heath bar cake. If you love the candy bar, then you're sure to love this cake.

2. German chocolate cake recipe

Valentine's Day is the best excuse to eat over-the-top, indulgent chocolate cake

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German chocolate cake is such a classic and delicious cake, with layers of gooey coconut filling and topping.

3. Ultimate triple-layer chocolate, bourbon, peanut butter and buckeye cake recipe

Valentine's Day is the best excuse to eat over-the-top, indulgent chocolate cake

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This is definitely the ultimate triple-layer chocolate, bourbon, peanut butter and buckeye cake — perfect for those chocolate and peanut butter lovers.

4. Skinny chocolate cake recipe

Valentine's Day is the best excuse to eat over-the-top, indulgent chocolate cake

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Don't let the word "skinny" fool you. This skinny chocolate cake is a decadent cake layered with fresh fruit, cream and a luscious chocolate sauce.

5. Triple-chocolate mousse cake recipe

Valentine's Day is the best excuse to eat over-the-top, indulgent chocolate cake

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Although this cake takes two days to make, it's definitely worth it. Light and airy, this triple-chocolate mousse cake is impressive and perfect for special occasions.

6. Guinness chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting recipe

Valentine's Day is the best excuse to eat over-the-top, indulgent chocolate cake

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Guinness chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting — for the beer lovers in your group of friends and family.

7. Chocolate fudge cookies 'n' cream cake recipe

Valentine's Day is the best excuse to eat over-the-top, indulgent chocolate cake

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Basically you're gonna crush up a ton of Oreo cookies to make this chocolate fudge cookies 'n' cream cake, and we say, go for it!

8. Ooey, gooey chocolate cake recipe

Valentine's Day is the best excuse to eat over-the-top, indulgent chocolate cake

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Sometimes cakes don't have to be fancy; all they have to be is ooey and gooey, like this ooey, gooey chocolate cake recipe.

9. Chocolate-peanut butter cup cheesecake cake recipe

Valentine's Day is the best excuse to eat over-the-top, indulgent chocolate cake

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A cheesecake inside a chocolate cake topped with peanut butter cups? We're in heaven with this chocolate-peanut butter cup cheesecake cake.

10. Chocolate lover's sweet corn and hazelnut crunch chocolate cake with ganache recipe

Valentine's Day is the best excuse to eat over-the-top, indulgent chocolate cake

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This recipe for chocolate lover's sweet corn and hazelnut crunch chocolate cake with ganache is supposed to be a healthier version of chocolate cake, but that's pretty hard to believe just by looking at it.

11. Dark chocolate-peanut butter layer cake recipe

Valentine's Day is the best excuse to eat over-the-top, indulgent chocolate cake

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Whoever first put chocolate and peanut butter together deserves a Nobel Prize. You'll think the same when you taste this dark chocolate-peanut butter layer cake.

12. Chocolate cake with raspberry-Nutella filling and chocolate ganache recipe

Valentine's Day is the best excuse to eat over-the-top, indulgent chocolate cake

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Rich Nutella and tart raspberry filling make this chocolate cake with raspberry-Nutella filling and chocolate ganache the perfect combination.

13. Chocolate cheesecake cake recipe

Valentine's Day is the best excuse to eat over-the-top, indulgent chocolate cake

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Another cheesecake inside a cake, this time it's chocolate cheesecake cake — a chocolate overload for the chocolate addicts.

14. Chocolate-merlot cake recipe

Valentine's Day is the best excuse to eat over-the-top, indulgent chocolate cake

Have leftover wine from a romantic dinner? Make this chocolate-merlot cake.

15. Chocolate-stout cake with chocolate, bourbon and sour cream frosting recipe

Valentine's Day is the best excuse to eat over-the-top, indulgent chocolate cake

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One slice of this chocolate-stout cake with chocolate, bourbon and sour cream frosting will take you into overdrive.

16. Red velvet Oreo truffle chocolate cake recipe

Valentine's Day is the best excuse to eat over-the-top, indulgent chocolate cake

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Drooling over this red velvet Oreo truffle chocolate cake... We're speechless.

17. Triple fudge, peanut butter and zucchini cake with rich avocado frosting recipe

Valentine's Day is the best excuse to eat over-the-top, indulgent chocolate cake

Who knew such a gorgeous, decadent cake could be full of veggies and healthier ingredients?

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