Chocolate cake can be an indulgence, but it doesn't have to be -- at least when it comes to your wallet. While whole cakes can top $30 at a fancy bakery, any self-respecting chocolate lover with an oven and a mixer can make one at home for much less, even with top-quality ingredients. Most cakes are also easy to make and can be in the oven with about 10 minutes of prep time. Here are 12 recipes to fulfill every cake lover's dreams, from simple to extravagant, diet-conscious to decadent, and even vegan or gluten-free.
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