There will always be place in the world for a little black dress and for a chocolate dessert. From a fudgey chocolate loaf cake to good ole fashioned chocolate fudge; a dark chocolate & sea salt tart to lava cakes and fondants – with all manners of craveably-chocolatey cookies, brownies, puddings and cakes thrown in between – gathered here best dessert recipes involving copious levels of chocolate.
While this collection does include some eggless recipes, if you are looking for only eggless recipes, do click through to this dedicated round-up of eggless chocolate desserts.
From recommendations for the best chocolate to use at home, to tips for intensifying that chocolatey flavour and getting a super smooth finish on a ganache cake – Isha Shetty, pastry chef extraordinaire behind Vanilla Miel is sharing her hacks for better baking with chocolate.
Liquid Chocolate Cake
This is not just a chocolate cake. This is a liquid chocolate cake with a brownie-like shiny and crinkled top, giving way to a centre that is quite literally oozing gooey melted chocolate. A decadent dessert by Le Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef Bianca Manik (of Blanchette), this is everything about a good day baked into one incredibly Insta-worthy treat.
The Ultimate Dark Chocolate Loaf Cake
Just the very sight of this cake is restorative enough to put the world to rights, even at such grim times.
Swedish Chocolate Cake
Also known as kladdkaka, this dense and decadent treat sets itself apart with a soft and sticky interior that’s sort of like a cross between a fudgy brownie and a molten chocolate cake! Yes, really!
French Chocolate Cake
Just five staple pantry ingredients stand between you and this marvellously-moist and gooey chocolate cake, or Moelleux au Chocolat Gateau” as it is known in France!
Paleo Chocolate Cake
Don’t tell anyone that this chocolate cake is gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and free of refined sugar too. They won’t believe you. This Paleo-friendly recipe from film-maker and accidental holistic cook Shaana Levy-Bahl is just too good to be classified as healthy!
Chocolate & Honey Fridge Cake
Sweet, salty and crumbly bars layered with crushed biscuits coated with melted chocolate and honey – this no-bake cake is as quintessentially British as it gets. So much so, that it was chosen by Prince William as his Groom’s Cake for The Royal Wedding. Yes, really.
Dark Chocolate & Nutella Tart
Imagine a chocolatey crust holding up a richly-smooth Nutella dark chocolate ganache. Yes, this no-bake dessert is as impressive as it sounds and deceptively-simple to rustle up too, with no oven-time required!
Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Caramel Tart
There’s lots to love about this eggless recipe from Foodhall Cookery Studio (FCS), featuring a few of our very favourite things – dark chocolate, sea salt and caramel! It doesn’t require very many ingredients either – just flour, salt, butter, sugar, cream and dark chocolate.
Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Fudge
The unbeatable combination of dark chocolate and sea salt also takes shape in unapologetically-indulgent fudge. A bit of a pantry raid recipe, you can layer it with a biscuity crust for texture!
A traditional recipe from the Isle of Capri, this classic Italian Chocolate and Almond Cake was legendarily created by mistake, as it had been made without flour! Today, it’s an excellent gluten-free alternative, featuring ground almonds.
Chocolate Molten Cakes & Fondants
Who doesn’t love a good lava cake? These soft molten cakes break apart to reveal the most glorious gush of chocolate, making for desserts that are as impressive as they are startlingly-easy to rustle up. In fact, once you start experimenting, there are a whole world of possibilities to discover with exciting riffs on the classics, from a dulce de leche lava cake to a low-carb healthy(ish) dark chocolate fondant!
Greek Yogurt Dark Chocolate Mousse
A healthy treat to boot, this no-cook mousse has a tangy tartness (courtesy the addition of Greek yogurt) balanced by bittersweet dark chocolate. One of the most popular recipes on this site to date and with good reason!
Hot Chocolate Bombs
Elevate your hot chocolate fix with these insanely-Instagrammable hot chocolate bombs, which explode in a in a cup of piping hot milk, revealing a gush of marshmallows and hot chocolate mix. A quick stir later and you’re sipping on a beautiful cuppa cocoa!
You didn’t think that we’d leave out cocoa-rich brownies from the mix did you, especially when there’s the added prospect of melted chocolate involved. Think triple chocolate mudslide brownies, fudgy vegan dark chocolate salted brownies and more…
Thick and chunky, yet soft and chewy. Crisp-edged but with just that right touch of gooeyness inside with puddles of melted chocolate. Need I say more?
Homemade Dark Chocolate
Easy to make and quick to set, homemade dark chocolate is something of a game changer. Once you perfect the art of it, trust me, you’ll always want to keep it a stash on hand to curb your cravings.
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