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Calling all chocolate lovers! Chocolate Desserts to Make for Valentine’s Day

By Genny Joyce Recipe RoundUP From Yummly

54 Unforgettable Chocolate Valentine’s Day Desserts That Say “I Love You”

From easy brownies and elegant chocolate truffles to showstopping chocolate cakes and soufflés, here are 54 irresistible ways to indulge in the cacao bean this Valentine’s Day.

Genny Joyce Posted Feb 4, 2021

Chocolate Creme Brulee

A box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day is a lovely gesture, but it just can’t compare to Valentine’s Day treats made in your own kitchen. Homemade rich chocolate truffles, cakes, pies, and even fancy soufflés are more memorable, more personal (and hey, more show-offy) for your loved ones than the stuff you get in a restaurant or store. Plus, homemade chocolate desserts make for uber-romantic gifts — and super-special ways to cap off dinner.

While lists of Valentine’s Day dessert recipes do often include beautiful fruit tarts, red velvet cake, pastel-colored French macarons, raspberry linzer cookies, and fancy caramels, save those non-chocolaty treats for another day; February 14th should be all about chocolate. Chocolate is decadent, chocolate is sexy, chocolate is romantic. Here are 54 mouthwatering ways to create chocolate desserts from your own kitchen.

Chocolate lovers, unite!

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Chocolate cake recipes >>

Chocolate cupcakes recipes >>

Chocolate in a cup: Pudding, soufflé, mousse, and more >>

Chocolate pie recipes >>

Chocolate cheesecakes >>

Homemade chocolate truffles >>

Chocolate-flavored ice cream recipes >>

Brownie recipes >>

Chocolate muffins and quick breads >>

Chocolate cake recipes

Chocolate cake is simply classic, and it pays to have a good recipe in your back pocket. (In fact, you might want to bake one every month of the year.) You can’t lose with a fluffy, delicious version like this Simply Perfect Chocolate Cake. Note that in addition to flour, cocoa powder, eggs, and the other usual suspects, this recipe uses Greek yogurt for some seriously moist, dense cake (the best kind). Simply Perfect Chocolate Cake Recipewater, vanilla extract, large egg whites and 16 more

Simply Perfect Chocolate Cake by Baking A MomentAdd to Meal Planner

Which brings me to an important note about cake-baking: You don’t need a mix. As long as you have flour, cocoa powder (for chocolate cakes), salt, baking soda, and baking powder — all handy ingredients to stockpile anyway — then you already have cake mix in your pantry. You don’t even have to buy cake flour, although many recipes, including the yummy cake above, call for it. In these cases, you can whip it up yourself by swapping in a tablespoon of cornstarch for a tablespoon of flour per cup of all-purpose flour called for. Easy!

If you want something more unusual than a classic chocolate cake, I recommend going for drama with chocolate lava cake, which is famous for its gooey, molten chocolate center. Another crowd-pleaser is a rich, flourless chocolate cake; the one below is naturally gluten-free and has a marbled peanut butter finish. Don’t forget about the sweet, flaky coconut topper on German chocolate cake, either — a cake some of us will choose over any other dessert, anytime. There’s also an elegant dark chocolate cake made with buttermilk and coffee for complexity. If you want to go for beautiful but easy, try a chocolate Bundt cake. And remember: Vegans can have chocolate cake, too — see below for a magnificent recipe.Chocolate Lava Cake Recipepowdered sugar, semisweet chocolate chips and 5 moreChocolate Lava CakeSIMPLY HOME COOKEDAdd to Meal PlannerPeanut Butter Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipelarge eggs, semisweet chocolate and 5 morePeanut Butter Flourless Chocolate CakeGIMME SOME OVENAdd to Meal PlannerGerman Chocolate Cake Recipelarge eggs, salt, all purpose flour and 24 moreGerman Chocolate CakeLIV FOR CAKEAdd to Meal PlannerDark & Dreamy Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake Recipebaking soda, all purpose flour and 18 moreDark & Dreamy Chocolate Fudge Layer CakeSWEETAPOLITAAdd to Meal PlannerSour Cream Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipeboiling water, vanilla, butter and 9 moreSour Cream Chocolate Bundt CakeBAKED BREEAdd to Meal PlannerVegan Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipecider vinegar, baking powder and 10 moreVegan Chocolate Fudge CakeDOMESTIC GOTHESSAdd to Meal Planner

Chocolate cupcake recipes

Cupcakes were invented for those times when you’re craving a tender cake but need something easier to pull off. Chocolate cupcakes are inarguably the best kind. That doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to just one kind of chocolate cupcake, though. For starters, I’m a big fan of these Easy Chocolate Cupcakes, which you can throw together in just 35 minutes. Easy Chocolate Cupcakes Recipebaking soda, salted butter and 14 more

Easy Chocolate Cupcakes by Sugar Spun RunAdd to Meal Planner

When chocolate is involved, you don’t need much else in terms of flavors, unless of course you appreciate the lively kick of cinnamon and chili powder, as in the adorable Mexican hot chocolate cupcakes below. They are a cozy way to incorporate the season into your dessert. The gluten-free cupcakes are also delicious. The vegan treats use soy milk, canola oil, and cherries for a sensational cherry-chocolate cupcake with no animal products. For those of us who know the joys of an extra-dreamy, moist cupcake, I dare you not to be tempted by the luscious version that follows. Lastly, it’s fun to mix and match different types of chocolate — try a dark chocolate cupcake with a white chocolate buttercream, or a Nutella and chocolate cupcake for the warm, nutty chocolate and hazelnut flavor combo.Homemade Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes Recipechili powder, all purpose flour and 17 moreHomemade Mexican Hot Chocolate CupcakesLIVE LOVE TEXASAdd to Meal PlannerGluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes Recipecocoa powder, butter, vanilla extract and 9 moreGluten Free Chocolate CupcakesNOSHTASTICAdd to Meal PlannerVegan Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes Recipeapple cider vinegar, baking powder and 16 moreVegan Chocolate Cherry CupcakesLITTLE SWISS BAKERAdd to Meal PlannerSuper Moist Chocolate Cupcakes Recipebuttercream, frosting, all-purpose flour and 10 moreSuper Moist Chocolate CupcakesSALLY’S BAKING ADDICTIONAdd to Meal PlannerDark Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream Recipepowdered sugar, unsalted butter and 14 moreDark Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate ButtercreamLITTLE SWEET BAKERAdd to Meal PlannerNutella and Chocolate Cupcake Recipeplain flour, unsalted butter and 11 moreNutella and Chocolate CupcakeMARIASMENUAdd to Meal Planner

Chocolate in a cup: Pudding, soufflé, mousse, and more

Chocolate soufflé is in its own league of desserts. Light, airy, yet still creamy and rich, each bite can be transcendent. There’s something magical about cutting into a soufflé, still puffy, and seeing it start to deflate as you douse it with creme anglaise. Serving one of these babies after Valentine’s Day dinner is a surefire way to say “I love you,” “I like you,” or perhaps “I belong on The Great British Bake Off.” This lovely recipe will expertly guide you along.Chocolate Souffles for Two with Creme Anglaise Recipegranulated sugar, large eggs and 9 more

Chocolate Souffles for Two With Creme Anglaise by Baking MischiefAdd to Meal Planner

If soufflé isn’t your thing, try chocolate pots de crème, a sophisticated French dessert that can really elevate your chocolate pudding game. This smooth, rich treat uses plenty of egg yolks and cream to take the flavor and texture to new depths. Chocolate creme brûlée is a beloved eggy custard-type treat in a shallow cup.

Another smooth dessert that you can spoon from a cup? Light, lovely chocolate mousse! In addition to the traditional version, I’d be remiss if I didn’t pass along another, made without eggs or sugar. It’s keto diet-friendly and safe for those on other low-carb diets. And lastly, let’s not forget the good old standby: chocolate pudding. Try the classic, easy recipe made with cocoa, thickened with cornstarch, and topped with whipped cream and shaved chocolate. Or for a healthier indulgence, go for a sugar-free chocolate chia pudding.Dark Chocolate Pots De Crème Recipeheavy cream, egg yolks, vanilla extract and 3 moreDark Chocolate Pots de CrèmeSERIOUS EATSAdd to Meal PlannerChocolate Creme Brulee Recipesemi sweet chocolate, granulated sugar and 5 moreChocolate Creme BruleeCONFESSIONS OF A BAKING QUEENAdd to Meal PlannerChocolate Mousse Recipesemisweet chocolate, unsalted butter and 8 moreChocolate MousseONCE UPON A CHEFAdd to Meal PlannerLow Carb Chocolate Mousse (keto Friendly) Recipesugar free chocolate chips and 3 moreLow Carb Chocolate Mousse (keto friendly)EASY KETO DISHESAdd to Meal PlannerChocolate Pudding Recipewarm water, chocolate pudding and 7 moreChocolate PuddingBECKIES KITCHENAdd to Meal PlannerChocolate Chia Pudding Recipeunsweetened cacao, unsweetened vanilla almond milk and 2 moreChocolate Chia PuddingYUMMY MUMMY KITCHENAdd to Meal Planner

Chocolate pie recipes

Everyone loves pie (especially chocolate), and the ultra-rich mousse-like filling of chocolate silk pie will always be a winner. This recipe opts for an easy Oreo cookie crust, and it includes directions for making perfect chocolate curls to go on top.French Silk Pie Recipepowdered sugar, large eggs and 9 more

French Silk Pie by Handle the HeatAdd to Meal Planner

Of course, why limit yourself to only one pie? Chocolate and peanut butter are a crowd-pleasing combination, and the one that follows also includes an Oreo crust. You don’t have to be from the South to appreciate the crunchy richness of a pecan chocolate pie, layered with that sticky chocolate filling and containing a hint of sweet bourbon. Finally, there’s the lesser-known but equally great chocolate chess pie, with a buttery, custardy, and totally satisfying filling.Peanut Butter Pie Recipechocolate chips, creamy peanut butter and 4 morePeanut Butter PieKEVIN AND AMANDAAdd to Meal PlannerChocolate Pecan Pie with Bourbon Recipelight corn syrup, large eggs and 12 moreChocolate Pecan Pie with BourbonFOOD AND WINEAdd to Meal PlannerChocolate Chess Pie Recipesugar, butter, pie crust, vanilla extract and 3 moreChocolate Chess PieSOMETHING SWANKYAdd to Meal Planner

Chocolate cheesecakes

I’m just going to leave this easy chocolate cheesecake recipe right here. What more does anyone need from a dessert? The creamy, slightly tangy sweetness of cheesecake, made even more rich and decadent with chocolate, is a perfect Valentine’s Day gift in itself, and this one is a cinch to throw together. You can serve it plain, or topped with buttery toasted graham cracker crumbs and chocolate curls for a total showstopper.Easy Chocolate Cheesecake Recipesour cream, butter, ground cinnamon and 6 more

Easy Chocolate Cheesecake by Ice Cream InspirationAdd to Meal Planner

Of course, you could make things easier on yourself by going with a no-bake Oreo cheesecake. 

Or, if you’d like to completely blow your dining companion’s socks off, give this swoon-worthy chocolate peanut butter cheesecake or the s’mores chocolate cheesecake a whirl. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.No Bake Oreo Cheesecake Recipecream cheese, pie crusts, sweetened condensed milk and 2 moreNo Bake Oreo CheesecakeSHUGARY SWEETSAdd to Meal PlannerChocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Recipepeanut butter cups, brown sugar and 12 moreChocolate Peanut Butter CheesecakeSUGARHEROAdd to Meal PlannerS'mores Chocolate Cheesecake Recipewhole milk, unsalted butter and 9 moreS’mores Chocolate CheesecakeSAPORITO KITCHENAdd to Meal Planner

Homemade chocolate truffles

I know, Valentine’s Day is typically an excuse to embrace saturated fats with open arms, but I can’t get over how insanely tempting these chocolate avocado truffles are! Avocado holds up nicely in dessert recipes, and lends so much plant-based butteriness to treats. And while these are a low-sugar alternative to most truffles, you can swap a sweeter milk chocolate for the dark that’s called for if you prefer.Chocolate Avocado Truffles RecipeHass avocado, maple syrup and 2 more

Chocolate Avocado Truffles by Nutrition to FitAdd to Meal Planner

By the way, the idea of making your own truffles come Valentine’s Day is genius. They’re fun and relatively simple to throw together, and are always so special to get and give. There are so many flavor options, like matcha dark chocolate, orange, key lime, Nutella, and even bourbon or kahlua. Why not try them all?Matcha Dark Chocolate Truffles Recipesemi-sweet chocolate morsels and 7 moreMatcha Dark Chocolate TrufflesDESIGN SPONGEAdd to Meal PlannerEasy Chocolate Orange Truffles Recipedark chocolate chips, sugar and 2 moreEasy Chocolate Orange TrufflesLET’S DISHAdd to Meal PlannerDark Chocolate Key Lime Pie Truffles Recipewhite chocolate, bittersweet chocolate and 6 moreDark Chocolate Key Lime Pie TrufflesSALLY’S BAKING ADDICTIONAdd to Meal Planner3-Ingredient Nutella Truffles Reciperoasted hazelnuts, Nutella and 3 more3-ingredient Nutella TrufflesQUEENSLEE APPÉTITAdd to Meal PlannerEasy Chocolate Bourbon Truffles Recipesweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, pecans, granulated sugar and 2 moreEasy Chocolate Bourbon TrufflesTHE SPRUCE EATSAdd to Meal PlannerKahlua Chocolate Truffles Recipeunsalted butter, semisweet chocolate and 4 moreKahlua Chocolate TrufflesBAKER BY NATUREAdd to Meal Planner

Chocolate-flavored ice cream recipes

Ice cream is fun, casual, and a pretty ingenious way to lighten the mood on Valentine’s Day (which can sometimes be a high-pressure occasion). Did I mention that ice cream is also probably the most addictive dessert in the world? It’s incredibly satisfying to concoct a classic chocolate ice cream yourself, like this easy, straightforward version. You don’t even have to churn it. EASY NO CHURN CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM Recipesweetened condensed milk, chocolate chunks and 4 more

EASY NO CHURN CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM by The Anthony KitchenAdd to Meal Planner

I also love chocolate ice cream because in addition to tasting fabulous, it’s naturally gluten-free and versatile. Say you want an easy recipe but you do have an ice cream maker to enlist: The Chocolate Ice Cream recipe below is for you. If you’re vegan, no problem; try the super-creamy ice cream that uses coconut milk as a base. Even those on the keto diet can indulge, thanks to this fudgy, sugar-free recipe. Also, it’s not unusual to make ice cream without eggs, so if you prefer that route, try the indulgent yet eggless Milkiest Chocolate Ice Cream. Want to make your ice cream dessert a little more formal? Try scooping it onto mint chocolate dessert soup. Looking for multiple textures? Experience some delightful chewiness by creating mochi ice cream.

Finally, it goes without saying, a chocolate ice cream sundae is always appropriate. Top it with hot fudge, or make it extra special with a garnish of crumbled shortbread cookies, a drizzle of marshmallow sauce, crushed pretzels, or chopped toasted pistachios and hazelnuts.Chocolate Ice Cream Recipevanilla, whole milk, brown sugar and 2 moreChocolate Ice CreamBAKED BREEAdd to Meal PlannerVegan Chocolate Ice Cream Recipepure vanilla extract, coconut milk and 5 moreVegan Chocolate Ice CreamMINIMALIST BAKERAdd to Meal PlannerNo Churn Keto Chocolate Ice Cream Recipekosher salt, vanilla extract and 6 moreNo Churn Keto Chocolate Ice Cream#GNOM-GNOMAdd to Meal PlannerMilkiest Chocolate Ice Cream Recipefine sea salt, evaporated milk and 7 moreMilkiest Chocolate Ice CreamLEITE’S CULINARIAAdd to Meal PlannerMint Chocolate Dessert Soup Recipedark chocolate, heavy cream and 7 moreMint Chocolate Dessert SoupKITCHENAIDAdd to Meal PlannerChocolate Mochi Ice Cream Recipecocoa powder, cornstarch, glutinous rice flour and 3 moreChocolate Mochi Ice CreamMUCH BUTTERAdd to Meal Planner

Brownie recipes

Simultaneously super-satisfying and super-easy, chocolate brownies are a Valentine’s Day no-brainer. If you’re a true chocolate lover, you know there’s nothing quite like a dense, chewy brownie when you’re craving something rich. Try these easy brownies for a reliable indulgence this Valentine’s Day. You can also pair them with ice cream for an a la mode event, or even give some out as gifts in cute treat bags. Just be sure to save enough for personal consumption, of course. Brownie Recipeunsweetened cocoa powder, unbleached all purpose flour and 6 more

Brownie by Cooking ClassyAdd to Meal Planner

Not all brownies are created equal, depending on whom you ask. You can add additional chocolate indulgence with chocolate chips and fudgy frosting, as in the blender recipe below. Vegan brownies can often be more moist and dense than the original due to being egg-free. If you want to please a brownie lover by making something very special, try chocolate brownie trifles made with fresh raspberries. Chocolate Lovers Blender Fudge Brownies Recipevanilla, large eggs, cocoa powder and 15 moreChocolate Lovers Blender Fudge BrowniesOH, SWEET BASILAdd to Meal PlannerBest Ever Vegan Brownies Recipeall purpose flour, granulated sugar and 9 moreBest Ever Vegan BrowniesNORA COOKSAdd to Meal PlannerChocolate Raspberry Brownie Trifles Recipewhipped cream, unsalted butter and 10 moreChocolate Raspberry Brownie TriflesGHIRARDELLI CHOCOLATEAdd to Meal Planner

Chocolate muffins and quick breads

Chocolate desserts deservedly get a lot of attention on the evening of Valentine’s Day. But why not set a celebratory mood first thing in the morning with Easy and Delicious Double Chocolate Muffins? The scent that wafts through your kitchen will be divine and you’ll be instantly ready with breakfast and/or gift options when you’re done. Easy and Delicious Double Chocolate Muffins Recipeunsalted butter, all-purpose flour and 11 more

Easy and Delicious Double Chocolate Muffins by YummlyAdd to Meal Planner

The chocolate quick bread concept lends itself to variation. We have a luscious vegan recipe, and another that works if you follow a gluten-free, keto, or Paleo diet. And while no list of muffins would be complete without a healthy version, fear not — these are still chocolaty and treat-worthy. Lastly, if you’re more of a bread person, consider a rich chocolate loaf made with cacao nibs and bananas, avocado, or zucchini.Double Chocolate Vegan Muffins Recipealmond milk, unsweetened apple sauce and 8 moreDouble Chocolate Vegan MuffinsFOOD WITH FEELINGAdd to Meal PlannerGluten Free, Paleo & Keto Double Chocolate Muffins Recipebaking powder, pecans, almond flour and 10 moreGluten Free, Paleo & Keto Double Chocolate Muffins#GNOM-GNOMAdd to Meal PlannerTried and Tasty - Healthy Chocolate Zuchini Muffins Recipebaking soda, banana, organic coconut oil, unsweetened cocoa powder and 11 moreTried and Tasty – Healthy Chocolate Zuchini MuffinsTRIED AND TASTYAdd to Meal PlannerChocolate Cacao Nib Banana Bread Recipebrown sugar, milk, salt, all purpose flour and 9 moreChocolate Cacao Nib Banana BreadPASTRY AFFAIRAdd to Meal PlannerAvocado Chocolate Bread Recipeavocado, semisweet mini chocolate chips and 10 moreAvocado Chocolate BreadLIVING HEALTHY WITH CHOCOLATEAdd to Meal PlannerChocolate Zucchini Bread Recipelarge eggs, ground cinnamon and 10 moreChocolate Zucchini BreadBUNS IN MY OVENAdd to Meal Planner

More Valentine’s Day inspiration

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