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Easy chocolate desserts to win you brownie points

by Malou Herkes

published on 4 February 2019

Decadent, rich and sumptuous, these chocolate desserts are the best way to round off a special meal. So if it’s Valentine’s Day and you’re planning a luxurious feast for your loved one or you’re simply cooking for friends, these recipes will be sure to inspire you. We’re starting with Mary Berry’s winning-combination chocolate and stem ginger cheesecake (we’re drooling already).  

mary berry chocolate cheesecake

Chocolate, Brandy and Ginger Cheesecake from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible by Mary Berry

Get ahead with with this decadent cheesecake from Mary Berry. Combining the richness of chocolate with spicy stem ginger and just the right amount of brandy, this is a sumptuous make-ahead dessert that ticks all the boxes. 

From the book

peanut butter chocolate fondant

Peanut Butter Chocolate Fondant from Step-by-Step Desserts by DK Publishing

Rich, gooey and decadent, chocolate desserts don’t get much better than this. And what a perfect pairing: “The peanut butter centre melts to create a creamy, salty centre to the fondant, which cuts through the flavours of the chocolate”. Prepare it ahead so you don’t have to worry about it on the night. 

Get your copy of Step-by-Step Desserts here.

black forest fudge recipe

Black Forest Fudge from Sweets Made Simple by Hope and Greenwood

This fudge recipe brings together the classic flavours of a black forest gateau. Think dark glacé cherries, thick cream and double chocolate. To.die.for.

Get your copy of Sweets Made Simple here.

Flourless Chocolate and Almond Bundts from Chocolate: Indulge your inner chocoholic by Don Ramsey

These decadent miniature bundt cakes have a light, fudge-like texture, as well as a double dose of the good stuff, with chocolate both in the cake itself and drizzled over the top. 

Get your copy of Chocolate: Indulge your inner chocoholic here.

chocolate cake recipe

Chocolate Sunken Soufflé Cake from The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak

This five-ingredient pudding cake is made rich with dark chocolate, and while it’s super gooey, it actually feels quite light. Made without flour, it’s packed with pure chocolate flavour.

Get your copy of The Violet Bakery Cookbook now.

chocolate salted caramel tart

Chocolate and Salted Dulce de Leche Tart from A Love Of Eating by Lucy Carr-Ellison and Jemima Jones

This decadent dessert is simpler to make than it might look. You can make your own caramel for the classic salted caramel and chocolate combo, but this cheat’s version uses decadent toffee-like dulce de leche, found in most supermarkets. 

Get your copy of A Love Of Eating here.

Raspberry Ripple and White Chocolate Slab from Chocolate by Molly Bakes

The perfect edible gift to give this Valentine’s Day, this striking white chocolate and raspberry slab looks wonderful in little bags tied with ribbons.

Get your copy of Chocolate here.


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