Clicky

Best Chocolate Cake in Chicago

15 Best Chocolate Cakes in Chicago: Ranked (2023 Updated)

Last Updated on May 4, 2023 by Lori Walker

Frequent visitors to Chicago’s bakery scene like us can attest to the joy of indulging in a slice of cake, whether for a special celebration or just a regular weekday treat.

However, with so many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide where to go for the best chocolate cake.

Fortunately, we’ve compiled a list of the top bakeries that sell the best chocolate cake in Chicago, so keep reading.

Top 15 (Best-Buy) Chocolate Cakes In Chicago

15. Chocolate Cake from Bent Fork in Highwood 

Soft And Moist Chocolate Cake with Macarons and Strawberry on Top

Average Price: starts at $2.50

Address: 335 Waukegan Avenue, Highwood, IL 60040

Why We Like It: Bent Fork is a modern bakery with a large selection of housemade pastries, cookies, candies, and cakes. But will all the baked goods available, our favorite is the chocolate cakes.

We’ve tried their chocolate chip cookies, Double Chocolate Cupcake, Choco Cake with Vanilla Top, and Chocolate Malt. All are equally delicious and moist.

14. Chocolate Cake from Jenivee’s Bakery

Average Price: starts at $55

Address: 3301 N Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657

Why We Like It: This bakery has Filipino-inspired cakes near the Wrigley Field. It serves a variety of sweet treats that can be ordered through Grubhub.

One of the house favorites is the Purple Velvet with Ube and their chocolate cake or the Table Fudge Cake with peanut butter buttercream. One of our favorites includes the White Chocolate matcha and the Snickers Mousse.

13. Chocolate Cake from Piece Pizza

Average Price: around $12-$15

Address: 1927 W North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

Why We Like It: This store is not just about pizza. It serves delicious chocolate cakes, too. Their Chocolate Pizza and Chocolate Extreme Cake is a must-try.

The chocolate pizza is topped with chocolate hazelnut sauce and mascarpone cheese, while the Chocolate Extreme Cake is a heavenly dessert oozing with chocolate.

12. Chocolate Cake from Sweet Mandy B’s

Average Price: starts at $26

Address: 1208 W. Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Why We Like It: Sweet Mandy B’s bakery, on Webster Ave., is known for its cupcakes. However, those who prefer a wedge or layered cake can choose from yellow and chocolate cake slices with vanilla, cream, buttercream, and chocolate frosting.

We like Sweet Mandy B’s for its wide variety of desserts and treats made with chocolate and chocolate buttercream. Some of the Sweet Mandy B’s bakery menu include:

  • Devil’s Food Cupcake (a chocolate cake with peanut butter and chocolate frosting)
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Iced Chocolate Cake
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake

11. Chocolate Decadence Cake from The Goddess & Grocer

Average Price: starts at $45

Address: Multiple locations

  • 1649 N Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
  • 911 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
  • 1127 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610
  • 901 N Larrabee St, Chicago, IL 60610
  • Terminal 5 O’Hare Airport

Why We Like It: If you’re a fan of Oreo cookies, try the Chocolate Oreo Cake from this store.

Enjoy a chocolate cake with Oreo pieces and dark chocolate frosting. We like how it’s covered in whipped cream and cookies and topped with peanut butter buttercream and ganache crumbles.

10. Chocolate Cake from Mindy’s Hot Chocolate

Chocolate Cake

Average Price: around $7 per cake slice

Address: 1623 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647

Why We Like It: Aside from their hot chocolate, we like ordering their Chocolate Buttermilk Cake, Chocolate Buttercream, and Hot Fudge.

These sweet treats are a perfect morning dessert while having your coffee or hot chocolate. Actually, Mindy’s has a wide range of menu items, from different breads to mac and cheese.

9. Chocolate Cake from Cafe Sel Marie

Average Price: starts at $4.75 per slice

Address: 4729 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625

Why We Like It: Cafe Sel Marie is a cozy cafe and bakery serving American comfort food, including a variety of treats – from pastries to coffee and desserts.

Besides their coffee, we always complete our visit with a slice of their German Chocolate Cake, Carrot Cake, or Spanish Almond Cake. These cake slices are perfect as dinner desserts.

8. Chocolate Fudge Cake from Portillo’s

Average Price: around $53.99

Address: 100 W. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60654

Why We Like It: This delicious Portillo’s chocolate cake has two layers, which also come with an extra chocolate frosting and spatula.

“The cheapest and safest way to be happy is to eat a piece of cake after a long fast.”

– Marco Oliverio, Zoologist

So, you can frost this cake how you like and enjoy every cake slice with your loved ones. If you live in or near Ontario St., you should visit this place and try their treats.

7. Blackout Cake from Flour Bakery & Cafe

chocolate cake with chocolate chips

Average Price: starts at $35

Address: 1138 W Bryn Mawr Avenue, CHI, IL 60660

Why We Like It: Flour Bakery and Cafe serves Blackout Cake, Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake, and Low-Fat Vegan Chocolate Bundt Cake. There are more treats to choose from, but these cakes are our favorites.

We always make sure to order their Triple Chocolate Mousse because we like its milk, dark, and white chocolate mousse between flourless chocolate cake layers.

It’s also topped with a chocolate ganache and fresh seasonal fruit.

6. Chocolate Cake from West Town Bakery & Diner 

Average Price: starts at $4.45/slice

Address: 1916 W Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

Why We Like It: West Town offers dinner food and sweet treats like cake slices, chocolate chip cookies, and more.

Their Quad City Chocolate Cake is a flourless chocolate cake topped with a chocolate mousse and then finished with chocolate curls and dark chocolate ganache.

5. Chocolate Mousse Cake from French Pastry School

Average Price: starts at $39

Address: 200 S Wacker Dr, CHI, IL 60606

Why We Like It: If you’re looking for the best-in-class cakes, visit the French Pastry School. You can find the ever-popular Chocolate Mousses Cake.

It has a chocolate glaze with layers of mousse, dacquoise, chocolate chips, and candied nuts. Just a quick fact, it won the “World Cup Cake” at Pastry World Cup in 2007.

4. Chocolate Cake from Hoosier Mama Pie Company

CHOCOLATE MOIST CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE CUSTARD FROSTING

Average Price: starts at $10

Address: 1618 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Why We Like It: Hoosier Mama Pie offers delectable pies near Lincoln Park. If you’ve tried their pies before, why not try their chocolate cake this time?

We’ve tried their German Chocolate Cake Pie with a gooey chocolate pecan tastiness. The filling contains butter, flour, cornmeal [1], vanilla, heavy cream, and sugar.

If you want to deviate from the usual whipped cream frosting, we suggest this cake pie slice from Hoosier Mama.

3. Chocolate Cake from Bittersweet Pastry Shop 

Average Price: starts at $50

Address: 1114 W Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657

Why We Like It: A favorite for special occasions and weddings, Bittersweet has various cakes, including wedding and birthday cakes.

We specifically like their chocolate cake variations, including the Fudge Milk Chocolate Cake, Banana Milk Chocolate Cake, and German Chocolate Cake.

2. Chocolate Cake from Lutz Cafe & Pastry Shop 

Average Price: starts at $39.99

Address: 2458 W Montrose Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618

Why We Like It: The bakery of Lutz is an old-fashioned European establishment that serves various continental dishes, such as Linzer-torte slice [2], chocolate cakes (ganache and mousse), and black forest cake.

During the holiday, we’ve tried a slice of their rare chimney cake, a layered carrot cake cooked on a spit with special decorations. It’s good. We like the softness of the cake and the flavor.

1. Chocolate Cake from La Boulangerie

Slicing Ultimate Chocolate Cake

Average Price: starts at $4.65

Address: Multiple locations

  • 1945 W Wilson Avenue CHI, IL
  • 3129 W Logan Blvd, CHI, IL
  • 936 N California Avenue, CHI, IL 60622
  • 2256 N Elston Avenue, CHI, IL 60614

Why We Like It: We’ve tried La Boulangerie’s pudding [3] cake and like the taste. So, we tried another slice, their Chocolate Cake, which was a delight.

This French pastry is similar to the taste of a chocolate chip or almond croissant, which we like. But aside from that, various types of bread are available, such as croissants and brioches, soaked in milk.

Note: Other bakery stores with delectable treats to visit that didn’t make it to the cut include:

  • Cookies and Dreams (10800 S Cicero Ave, Oak Lawn, IL)
  • Michael Jordan’s Steak House Chicago (505 N Michigan Ave, CHI, IL)
  • Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop (400 N Michigan Ave Suite 100, Chicago, IL)
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes (10912 S Cicero Ave, Oak Lawn, IL)
  • Lost Larson (Wicker Park) (2140 W Division St, Wicker Park, Chicago, IL)
  • Simply Sweet Creations (5712 95th St, Oak Lawn, IL)

FAQs

Where can you buy the best birthday cake in Chicago?

You can buy the best birthday cake in Chicago in almost every bakery. You can buy from La Boulangerie, Bent Fork, Jenivee’s, and more. Find out the different birthday cake flavors to try here.

Where do you buy the best black forest cake in Chicago?

You can buy the best chocolate black forest cake at the Lutz Shop. Their black forest has a layer of chocolate cake with cherries, a coat of chocolate butter [4], and cream topped with a layer of dark chocolate.

In Conclusion

You don’t have to go for miles to find the best chocolate cake slice, chocolate chip cookies, or any sugary treats, as Chicago has them all for you.

Every slice of sweets gives delight and satisfaction, from the Cafe Sel Marie near Lincoln Park to Fork Sweet Mandy B’s to La Boulangerie.

These are must-try places with the best chocolate treats, but if you want to avoid long lines, we suggest ordering online through delivery apps or on their actual website.

References:

  1. https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/popular-ingredients/what-is-cornmeal
  2. https://www.austria.info/en/things-to-do/food-and-drink/recipes/linzer-cake
  3. https://www.britannica.com/topic/pudding
  4. https://www.britannica.com/topic/butter
Lori Walker

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *