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Orange County's Best Places For Chocolate Cake

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Whether it's National Chocolate Cake Day or not, there's always a great reason to bite into a delicious piece of chocolate cake, right? A holiday is just another excuse. While you can get trendy desserts anywhere in Orange County, sometimes you just need a good, old-fashioned piece of chocolate cake. These the best places to get chocolate cake in OC.

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17941 Sky Park Circle
Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 852-4609

SusieCakes has become one of those baked good locations that has grown to a level that is off the charts. And, we're not just talking about the deliciousness of every baked good they put together here. In fact, SusieCakes has several locations throughout Southern and Northern California, including Costa Mesa (South Coast Collection), Laguna Niguel, Newport Beach, several locations in Los Angeles County and up in NorCal. SusieCakes is an all-American bakery which offers a selection of home-style desserts baked entirely from scratch. This includes their cake selections like their Old-Fashioned 6-Layer Chocolate Cake which comes in a variety of full sizes (6" pie, 9" pie, or by the slice). But, the fun doesn't stop there. They also offer ways to customize it and make it special with inscriptions and decorations, as well as fluffy frosting selections like chocolate, vanilla and more. It's one spot you won't want to miss when you're craving a great slice of chocolate cake. Luckily for OC residents, there are plenty of locations to get your chocolate fix.

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Blackmarket Bakery
2937 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 662-3095

At Blackmarket Bakery in Costa Mesa, the cakes are something you just can't leave without trying. Their website says it all: "We. Love. Cake," so you better believe they're serious about cooking up some of the best cakes OC has to offer. The Total Eclipse cake at Blackmarket Bakery is a chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and chocolate ganache for a total chocolate overload. So, those who really love chocolate will literally be in heaven after one bite. Other offerings include the Nutty Chocolate Crush, a chocolate cake with chocolate mousse, toasted hazelnuts, raspberries, and chocolate ganache. Or, try the Metropolis, a chocolate cake with coffee simple syrup, and chocolate caramel buttercream. Yum! How can any other bakery even compete? Of course, you won't want to miss all the other confections offered ranging from bread pudding to cookies, tarts, brittle, almond bread and many many other items.

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BRU Grill & Market
23730 El Toro Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 305-5757

BRU offers two ways to get your chocolate cake fix. The first is the BRU Frozen Chocoholic cake, which is layered with chocolate mousse. The consistency of this cake is a lot like fudge, but not quite as heavy. The other one is the more popular one, so popular that while the dessert menu has changed three times in a year, this item has remained. It is a bourbon-infused, flourless chocolate cake topped with whipped cream and baked and served hot in a Mason jar. Take a little of the vanilla ice cream on your spoon, especially in the first couple of bites when the cake is warmest, and you'll know what heaven tastes like. One of the stouts on the impressive beer list is a nice complement to this dessert.

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Zov's Bakery
17440 17th St
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 838-8855

Zov's Bakery in Tustin is all about serving comfort food. But, when it comes to dessert, they kick it up an extra notch. Although Zov's has several other locations and restaurants, including bistros, marketplaces and more, if you want chocolate cake, your best bet is to head to this Tustin bakery. Serving a variety of delicious confections ranging from a "Milk Chocolate Bomb," a chocolate box, seasonal fruit tarts, lemon cheesecake, bread pudding, and key-lime tart to white chocolate peanut butter crunch, bars, and cookies, the one item you won't want to miss out on is their flourless chocolate cake. It's known around town as the best. So, do yourself a favor and stop on by and grab a slice for a very reasonable price.

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Dessert Lab
4221 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 300-6016

Any place with 'dessert' in its name must know what they're doing when it comes up to cooking up some fine confections. Such is the case for Newport Beach's Dessert Lab, which serves up a bevy of delicious items that get rave reviews from locals and tourists alike.
The Dessert Lab serves up a chocolate chip cake with vanilla mouse, as well as a regular chocolate cake that is so rich with chocolate, you will feel like you've never experienced something quote like it before. They also serve other chocolate related desserts like pies, cookies, cheesecakes, and more.

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Nick's San Clemente
213 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente CA 92672
(949) 481-2200

Always changing up the menu, these days Nick's is serving a peanut butter chocolate cake which sits high above the dessert menu because it's one of the better options to choose from. A rich chocolate cake, it comes with creamy peanut butter, häagen-dazs vanilla ice cream, helen grace hot fudge, and is finished off with sprinkles and fresh roasted peanuts You can always try the hot fudge sundae as well. Although it's not considered cake, it has plenty of chocolatey goodness.

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