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Chocolate Cake Design: 8 Simple Ideas to Try at Home

Chocolate Cake Design: 8 Simple Ideas to Try at Home

Who doesn’t love chocolate?! 

As you know, decorating your cakes is one of the best ways to increase their visual appeal. The key is to bring out your creativity. So, imagine unleashing your creativity while decorating your cake with chocolates.

We have compiled some chocolate cake decoration ideas to help you if you run out of decorating ideas.

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Cake decorating ideas with chocolate

Simple Chocolate Cake Design for the Busy Baker

Our collection of cake decorating ideas includes simple, easy methods and techniques suitable for decorating various cakes, such as a traditional Victoria sponge, chocolate cake, or a classic lemon drizzle.

Elegant Chocolate Cake Design: Melted Chocolate and Ganache

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Dark chocolate cake designs

This cake decoration idea is simple, easy to do, and perfect for sponge cakes and brownies.

Ganache is excellent for icing, icing, and making a drip effect on cakes. It’s also stress-free to spread and smoothen a cake with.

It takes only 10 mins to heat the chocolate and add the cream to the melted chocolate.

This recipe is perfect for any chocolate lover as it can be used for cakes, brownies or macron filing.


  • • 4 Eggs, large
Baking & Spices
  • • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • • 1 Baking spray with flour
  • • 1 cup Chocolate chips, semisweet
  • • 1 Chocolate-cream cheese frosting
  • • 1/4 cup Cocoa blend, Dutch-process
  • • 2 cups Granulated sugar
  • • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
Oils & Vinegars
  • • 3/4 cup Canola oil
  • • 3/4 cup Coffee, hot
  • • 3/4 cup Sour cream

Please note that white chocolate melts faster than dark chocolate because it contains more sugar. 

Also, melt your chocolate (white or dark) on low heat.

Simple Chocolate Cake Design: Ganache And Peanut Butter

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chocolate cake design

This combination will surely produce a decadent cake. All there is to do is prepare a rich chocolate ganache and a creamy peanut butter frosting.

Layer your cake and cover it with the peanut butter frosting, and then pour the rich chocolate ganache on top of the cake.

For toppings, you can add chocolate candies or crush peanuts or both!

Chocolate Buttercream And Frosting.

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Simple chocolate cake design

This cake decoration idea is simple, easy to do, and perfect for sponge cakes and cupcakes.

Buttercream is one of the most common cake toppings because it can be made in various flavors and colors. It can also be presented in various ways, such as piped swirls or a smooth palette-knife finish.

So, you can add chocolate flavors to your buttercream and design your cake.

Easy Chocolate Cake Design: Chocolate Fingers

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Modern chocolate cake designs

This chocolate cake decoration idea is simple, easy to do, and perfect for chocolate celebration cakes like birthday cakes.

I love this cake decoration design because you can cover up any cake’s flaws.

To do this cake design, cover your cake in buttercream (whatever flavor you’d like) or royal icing, and press your chocolate fingers around the edges of your cake.

For more color, you can use a mix of white and milk chocolate fingers or do a combination of choc fingers.
If you need an alternative to chocolate fingers, you can use KitKats.

The border the chocolate fingers give you makes room for sweet, flower, or fruit toppings.

Chocolate Cream And Confetti

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Simple chocolate cake design

This cake is perfect for birthday parties. It’s a classic, colorful, yummy, fun cake and is super easy to make.

All you need to do is fill the layers and sides of the cake with chocolate cream so that the confetti can stick to it, and that is all.

Add your confetti and candies to it, and you have a birthday cake.

Chocolate Cake Design: Nutella And Buttercream

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Modern chocolate cake designs

This cake-decorating idea is a bit complex, but the result is amazing!

First, melt the cream and Nutella together, then let it cool completely.

Feel free to add the ganache between layers of the cake, but only a little at a time, so it is not too much.

Some chopped nuts would go so well with this recipe.

Once you drip the ganache on the cake and add the nuts, you can do a little piping on top of the cake for more design.

Chocolate Cake Design With Oreo

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Elegant chocolate cake designs

A chocolate Oreo cake is definitely a celebration cake. The best part is that you can add Oreos to the icing.

To make your icing, beat together butter and shortening until smooth. After this, slowly add 4 cups of powdered sugar and mix till smooth.

You can add vanilla and Oreo crumbs to the mixture and mix everything until smooth.

Feel free to ass more u=sugar till it is sweet enough for you. Add milk or water until you get a smooth consistency.

Chop up some more Oreos to use in between layers.

As you add icing between each cake layer, spread the Oreos on top in an even layer.

Feel free to make a chocolate ganache and drizzle it around the edge or on the cake. Sprinkle a few Oreo crumbs onto the cake, if desired, then serve

Chocolate Cake Design With Raspberry (Or any other Fruit)

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Cake decorating ideas with chocolate

Imagine your cake dripping with chocolate ganache and raspberry filling – sounds downright sinful, right?

To make the chocolate frosting, mix unsalted butter, semi-sweet melted chocolate chips, dark cocoa powder, powdered sugar, salt, and heavy whipping cream.

The chocolate ganache comprises semi-sweet chocolate chips and heavy whipping cream.

For the raspberry filling: 

  • Whisk together cornstarch, sugar, and water in a pan over medium heat. Heat until the mixture is moist and the sugar melts.
  • Stir in the raspberries to coat them with the sugar mixture.
  • Cook until the raspberries begin to soften and release juice. Mash the raspberries with a spatula.
  • Remove from heat when the raspberry juice has thickened, about 5 minutes. Refrigerate the mixture in another bowl until cool.
  • Spread some of the chocolate ganache on each layer together with spoonfuls of the raspberry filling.

Drizzle some of the chocolate ganache on top and around the edges of the cake. Feel free to add some raspberries and chocolate sprinkles if desired.


Designing a chocolate cake doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. With these simple ideas, you can create a beautiful and delicious cake that will impress your guests. From using fresh fruit as a topping to adding chocolate ganache drizzle, these ideas are easy to execute and will elevate any chocolate cake. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different decorations and flavors to make your chocolate cake design unique and personalized. Remember, the key to a great chocolate cake design is to have fun and let your creativity shine. So, grab your baking tools and start creating your own chocolate cake masterpiece today!

What’s your favorite chocolate cake design? Share with us.




Candy is the owner of "How To Ice a Cake' along with her very smart (and super geeky) SEO/web designer husband, Jeremy. She loves decorating her children's birthday cakes and loves all things cakes decorating. Fun fact about her is that fondant is her icing of choice when decorating, but she prefers to actually eat a buttercream iced cake.

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