Chocolate Cake (song)

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"Chocolate Cake"
Single by Crowded House
from the album Woodface
B-side "As Sure as I Am", "Anyone Can Tell"
Released June 1991
Format 7", 12", CD, cassette
Recorded 1989
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:02
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Neil Finn, Tim Finn
Producer(s) Mitchell Froom, Neil Finn
Crowded House singles chronology
"I Feel Possessed"
"Chocolate Cake"
"Fall at Your Feet"

"Chocolate Cake" is a 1991 song by Australasian rock group Crowded House from their 1991 album Woodface.

History and description[edit]

The song was not originally intended as the lead single, as it was intended for "It's Only Natural" to be the lead track. However, despite this, "Chocolate Cake" was released as the album's lead single. Despite performing marginally better than the singles from Temple of Low Men in the United States, the song was thought to offend due to its lyrics and the song gained only moderate performance in the US, as it referred to Americans having an "excess of fat on your American bones".[1] The song reached number two on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart, while reaching #20 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart, #62 on the Danish chart and #69 on the UK Singles Chart.[2]

The B-sides featured are "As Sure as I Am", a song from Woodface, and "Anyone Can Tell", which was intended for release on the album however was not released due to the amalgamation of the Woodface project with the Finn Brothers project. The song later appeared on the rarities collection Afterglow and was released as its lead promotional single.


  • "Chocolate Cake": written by Neil Finn and Tim Finn
  • "As Sure as I Am", "Anyone Can Tell": written by Neil Finn

Single release[edit]

Released in UK as CD single and 7" vinyl and in US as cassette

  1. "Chocolate Cake" - 4:02
  2. "As Sure as I Am" - 2:53

EP release[edit]

Released in UK as CD single and 12" vinyl and in US and Japan as CD

  1. "Chocolate Cake" - 4:02
  2. "As Sure as I Am" - 2:53
  3. "Anyone Can Tell" - 3:37


  1. ^ Bailey, Marck, ed. (20 February 1995). "Chocolate Cake". Archived from the original on November 23, 2008. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ Bailey, Marck, ed. (28 March 1995). "Comprehensive discography of Crowded House". Archived from the original on April 9, 2006. Retrieved March 24, 2016.