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Every special occasion should be commemorated with a cake, and for most, the best kind of cake is chocolate. These are the best places for you to order your next chocolate cake, as these bakeries only make their cakes with the highest-quality ingredients and design their cakes with the utmost care. Order one to celebrate National Chocolate Cake Day Jan. 27.

Cake Dreams
90 W. Montgomery Ave.
Rockville, MD  20850
(240) 386-8584

With four hearty layers of chocolate cake, alternating layers of creamy mocha buttercream, and a rich chocolate ganache overlay, the chocolate chocolate cake from Cake Dreams is the quintessential chocolate cake. Sweet and decadent, it will be hard to stop after just one slice. All Cake Dreams cakes are four layers, and they may be ordered in eight-, 10-, 12- and 14-inch sizes. The eight-inch serves 12 and is sold for $48.

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1781 Florida Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 518-2570

What sets this chocolate mousse cake apart from other chocolate mousse cakes is that it features three layers of mousse, each made with a different kind of chocolate: white, milk and dark. Set atop a crispy wafer crust, Locolat’s three languages cake will melt in your mouth and keep you coming back to its bakery again and again. Cakes may be sampled in the Locolat café. Contact the bakery directly for pricing and ordering information.

4611 Sangamore Road
Bethesda, MD 20816
(301) 229-8180

Praline offers no less than nine types of chocolate cakes, including a pistachio and chocolate cake, a chocolate mousse cake, and a chocolate truffle cake, but its flourless chocolate cake, called chocolate decadence, is truly sublime. Dense and delicious, it’s smothered in a thick chocolate glaze to make it even more chocolatey. It is available in one size, which serves six and costs $28. Try a slice of any of its chocolate cakes in its bistro, or call to order one for your next event.

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Sticky Fingers
1370 Park Road NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 299-9700

Sticky Fingers may be D.C.’s most popular vegan bakery, and for good reason. Its desserts are so rich you don’t even notice the absence of dairy or eggs. Sticky Fingers sells several chocolate cakes, but loyal patrons swear by the cookies n cake, a dark chocolate cake decorated with cookies and smothered in a cookies and cream frosting. Cakes are available in a six-inch, nine-inch, half sheet or full-sheet size. The nine-inch serves 12 and is available for $55.

Cake Love
1506 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-7100

Opened by former lawyer Warren Brown, Cake Love features a number of chocolate cakes, but none are as perfect as Cynthia’s sin. The cake hosts layers of chocolate cake, sandwiched in between peanut butter-infused buttercream that is dotted with caramel-covered peanuts. The concoction is completed by a covering of heady chocolate ganache. This truly sinful dessert is the whirlwind of flavor and texture. Choose from two or three layers, in a six-inch, nine-inch, or 12-inch round size. The three layer nine-inch serves 12 and costs $69.99. Cakes can be ordered online, and also delivered for an extra charge.

Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.