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 a dark chocolate and raspberry fondant – with all manners of craveably-chocolatey cookies, brownies, puddings and cakes thrown in between – gathered here best dessert recipes involving copious levels of chocolate. Enjoy!
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.
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.
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.
Chocolate Layer Cakes
An eggless recipe which can be enjoyed as single layer cakes, crowned with a simple but infallible buttercream frosting. Or on the days you’re feeling a tad more decadent, stack them in two’s layered with clouds of frosting for a modest double-tiered treat!
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.
Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Fondant
If you love dark chocolate, you’ll love this fondant by Pooja Dhingra. The lovechild of chocolate pudding and a soufflé, this dessert is surprisingly easy to rustle up and never fails to impress.
Chocolate Lava Cake
To say this recipe is a simple would be an understatement, as all it requires really is stirring together the usual five suspects (butter, sugar, flour, eggs and chocolate), pouring the batter out into ramekins and popping them in to bake for just about 10 minutes or so!
Low Carb Dark Chocolate Fondant
A healthy(ish) twist on a fondant, free of dairy, flour and refined sugar. The star ingredients include avocado oil, almond flour and of course, rich (very rich!) chocolate.
Greek Yogurt Dark Chocolate Mousse
Another healthy treat, 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!
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?
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