Pain au choc bread and butter pudding

Best ever chocolate recipes

Our 38 best ever chocolate recipes are a chocoholic's dream. Discover our deliciously chocolatey, seriously indulgent chocolate puddings, cakes and bakes. Plus, check out our tips and tricks on baking with chocolate

Our 38 best easy chocolate recipes are a chocoholic’s dream, whether you’re looking for chocolate cake recipes, chocolate cookie recipes, or even chocolate bagels and chocolate cheesecakes. Make Great British Bake Off winner, Edd Kimber’s, indulgent chocolate recipes, including salted milk-chocolate covered liquorice caramels, or his epic Brooklyn blackout cake.

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Want a chocolatey brunch twist? Try our pain-au-chocolat bread and butter pudding, Spanish-style chocolate with churros, or our unique marbled Nutella bagels. Read on for indulgent chocolate puddings, intense chocolate truffles and delicate chocolate biscuits…


How to bake with chocolate

Which chocolate should I use for baking? For a recipe where you want the flavour of chocolate to shine through, buy
 a good quality brand with a high percentage of cocoa, and
 adjust the recipe to suit it. If your chocolate is 
very dark, with little added sugar, you may need to 
make the recipe sweeter to give you the final
 flavour you want.

Can you use chocolate chips? Chopped good quality chocolate will make better chocolate chips than many ready-made chips which have added ingredients to stop them melting and sticking together.

Is it better to use cocoa powder or chocolate? Cocoa plus chocolate gives a better chocolate flavour than one without the other.

Does the cake tin size matter? You can’t change the tin sizes willy-nilly when baking a cake, so if you do use smaller or larger tins, adjust the cooking time (more for smaller tins, as the cake will be thicker, and less for larger ones).

Does it matter where in the oven I put my cake? If your oven has a hot spot and your cakes always come up risen more on one side, rotate them half way through the cooking time

How much space do I need to leave between cookies on a baking tray? Space your biscuits and meringues out when you cook them; don’t try and cut cooking time by squashing them together. You’ll just end up making one big biscuit.

BROWNIES

How do I know when my brownies are done? A brownie when cooked is meant to crack on top – it will also still be soft in the centre, making a skewer test redundant. Having said this, some brownies are more cakey while others verge on being fudge.


Olive oil chocolate pots with orange and sea salt

Sweet yet bitter dark chocolate works really well with olive oil and these creamy chocolate pots are super simple to make. Juicy caramelised oranges cut through the richness and a touch of sea salt creates the perfect combination of sweet and salty indulgence. A great dessert to round off a dinner party.

Olive Oil Chocolate Pots With Orange and Sea Salt Recipe

Salted caramel chocolate fondants 

Chocolate fondants reach a whole new level with an oozing salted caramel centre in this heavenly dessert. You can use shop bought salted caramel sauce to save on time so you don’t have to wait too long before indulging…

Salted Caramel Chocolate Fondant Recipe

Pistachio and white chocolate soufflé

Rise to the occasion and bake your own light-as-air soufflés to impress your friends and families with our simple step-by-step guide. Not as daunting a challenge as you might think, this recipe pairs creamy molten white chocolate ganache with nutty pistachios in a showstopping dessert.


Chocolate and black pepper gelato

Sweet, spicy and savoury rolled into one; black pepper adds a touch of sophistication to chocolate in our homemade gelato recipe. Gelato differs from ice cream in the fat content – ice cream is usually made with cream, while gelato is milk based creating a silky smooth texture. The key to the perfect gelato is adding some liquid glucose which lowers the freezing point and prevents it from freezing solid. It is possible to churn by hand to break up the crystals but an ice cream machine produces the best results.

Chocolate and black pepper gelato

Churros with salted caramel chocolate sauce

Chocolate and salted caramel join forces once again in this decadent dipping sauce, perfect for sugary churros dunking. Simply melt all the sauce ingredients in one saucepan, fry your churros, toss in sugar and you have a quick fix dessert in 20 minutes. This sauce is equally scrumptious drizzled over ice cream sundaes, waffles and pancakes.

Gooey pot of salted caramel chocolate sauce with crunchy, sugary churros

Raspberry and rose chocolate wafers

These dainty dark and white chocolate wafers with freeze-dried raspberries and crystallised rose petals are almost too pretty to eat. Great as edible gifts to treat friends and family, you can experiment with your choice of toppings from candied stem ginger to chopped dried fruits and nuts.

Raspberry and rose chocolate wafers

Double chocolate-walnut meringue cookies

This recipe for blondie-like cookies studded with dark chocolate chips, meringue pieces, freeze dried raspberries and chopped walnuts makes for an easy afternoon treat. If you have the willpower, leave the cookies to cool for 30 minutes to firm up so they are crisp on the outside and soft and gooey in the middle…just how a cookie should be.

Double Chocolate Walnut Meringue Cookies

Pistachio and chocolate roulade

A poshed-up roulade, made with double cream, dark chocolate and slithers of pistachio. A beautiful bake, ideal for an impressive dinner party dessert.

Pistachio and chocolate roulade

Brooklyn blackout cake

This rich and fudgy chocolate blackout cake from Edd Kimber is a twist on an American classic, flavouring the custard filling with creamy white chocolate and aromatic cardamom. The original version of this cake comes from post-war Brooklyn and to keep the flavour and look of the cake the same, the outside is decorated with a silky-smooth chocolate frosting. An impressive, crowd-pleasing cake for a Birthday or special occasion. Click here to find our show-stopping chocolate cake recipes.

Brooklyn Black Out V2

Rich hazelnut and chocolate torte

This rich, hazelnut crusted chocolate torte has a creamy double chocolate and frangelico filling and a crunchy biscuit base. Our recipe only takes 30 minutes to whip up then can be left to set in the fridge overnight making it an ideal make ahead party dessert to serve up to 12 people.

Choc and Hazelnut Torte.

Chocolate rye volcano cookies

This recipe from Edd Kimber makes some seriously good chocolate cookies. We call them volcanoes because as they bake, they erupt and spread into fabulous, fudgy cookies.

Volcano Cookies

Nutella pancakes with boozy hot chocolate sauce

These light and fluffy Nutella pancakes are simply delicious and come drizzled in a smooth and creamy hot chocolate sauce. Adding booze to the sauce is optional but highly recommended for an extra treat! Includes a nifty how-to video. Click here for our best ever pancake recipes.

nutella pancakes

Salted milk chocolate-covered liquorice caramels

This clever recipe from Edd Kimber combines caramel with subtle hints of liquorice, covered in milk chocolate with a sprinkling of sea salt for a really indulgent treat. Be warned, these delicious caramels won’t last long!

Caramels

 Chocolate truffles

Our tempting chocolate truffles look impressive but are deceptively easy to make. Try adding Baileys, dark rum or orange essence to make them even more special. They make for a great homemade gift.


 Churros with hot chocolate sauce

Everyone loves Spanish churros and they won’t be able to believe these are homemade! The rich, indulgent hot chocolate sauce is also delicious over ice cream. Fancy a more traditional brunch? Try one of our top brunch recipes here.


Chocolate and hazelnut meringue semifreddo

The Italian dessert, semifreddo, is an ice cream with a mousse-like texture. This recipe not only looks impressive, but can be made in advance for easy dinner party entertaining. Plus, there’s no churning required.

Chocolate and Hazlenut Meringue Semifreddo

Whiskey and rye waffles

This waffle recipe from Edd Kimber is a little more fun than the traditional kind of waffles. Made with cocoa and rye flour and served with a whiskey-spiked caramel, these are definitely the more grown-up cousin to the classic. Take a look at our best ever boozy cakes and bakes collection for more ideas.

Waffles

Black forest cheesecake

This dark, indulgent chocolate cheesecake swirled with raspberries is a great showstopper for any occasion. Making the chocolate collar is really worth the effort for an extra special touch. Satisfy your cheesecake craving here with plenty of cheesecake recipes.


Chocolate espresso and hazelnut roulade

This chocolate, espresso and hazelnut roulade is everything you could want in a grown-up dessert. These flavours are classic combinations and while it may take a little more effort, it’s guaranteed to be a show-stopper.


Chocolate-dipped meringues with cherries and boozy cream

Check out these chocolate-dipped meringues with cherries and boozy cream. This recipe is really simple and incredibly moreish, a great summer dessert.

Choc-Dipped Meringues with Cherries

Black forest profiteroles

With chocolate, double cream, black cherries and a splash of brandy, make and freeze these black forest cake inspired choux buns ahead of time to create a delicious, sophisticated dessert in minutes. Discover more indulgent dessert recipes here.

Black Forest Profiteroles

Chocolate and salted pistachio babka buns

Edd Kimber has crossed the flavours of a babka with the look of Swedish cinnamon buns to create these chocolate and salted pistachio babka buns. You can make these with regular pistachios, but if you want to push them a little further it’s worth tracking down vibrant green blanched slivered pistachios from Middle-Eastern grocers.

Babka Buns

Tahini bundt

This recipe from Edd Kimber combines chocolate, tahini and sesame brittle for a really indulgent cake. If you’re not sure how this will taste, think peanut butter and chocolate but with more depth.

Choc and Tahini Bundt

Pear and chocolate puddings

The best chocolate puddings are the ones that you don’t have to share. We love these individual little pots of chocolate sponge and pear. Just add cream to serve and let your family and friends dive in. Our best chocolate pudding recipes are all here, enjoy!


Chocolate fondant fancies 

Not just for children, here’s a deliciously adult version of a tea-time favourite. Rich chocolate cake squares are topped with an indulgent truffle and smothered in double chocolate icing.


Chocolate fondant with crème fraîche sorbet

Blow your friends away with this chocolate fondant recipe served with a creamy crème fraîche sorbet. It takes a bit of effort but is totally worth it. Extremely indulgent, decadent and gooey all at the same time. Recipe by Paul Hood, head chef at Hai Cenato, Jason Atherton’s latest restaurant. 

chocolate fondant with creme fraiche sorbet

Cobnut and chocolate shortbreads

Chocolate shortbreads, our favourite biscuit already, but add cobnuts (part of the hazelnut family) and your teatime treat just got a whole lot better. Here are plenty more easy biscuit recipes to try.


Chocolate mousse with orange shortbreads

Make these ahead and you won’t be fussing just before you serve dinner. This makes enough for 4, so save 2 for later – they will keep for a couple of days. Buy the shortbreads if you prefer.


Chilli and chocolate tart with peanut chipotle brittle

A rich, fruity dark chocolate like those from Papua New Guinea will go very well with the chilli. The chilli flavour in this should be an underlying buzz rather than a real kick of heat, so don’t be tempted to add too much.


Triple-chocolate Neapolitan

This triple-chocolate treat takes indulgence to a whole new level. Our recipe requires a little effort, but the results will definitely be worth it.


Classic chocolate brownies

A classic, gooey chocolate brownie recipe that can be ramped up with added ingredients (we’ve included three suggestions in the recipe). This recipe uses a square tin, but you can use an oblong or even round cake tin provided it is roughly the same size – just keep an eye on the brownie, you may need slightly less or more time than the recipe states. Here are our best ever brownies recipes in one convenient collection.

Classic Chocolate Brownies recipe

Chocolate éclairs

Take your chocolate éclairs to the next level with step-by-step help from the olive test kitchen. Craquelin is similar to a crumble mix, and when baked on top of the choux buns, gives a crackly, crisp top, typical in classic patisserie.


Self-saucing chocolate pudding

Self-saucing chocolate pudding is a classic in Australia. It creates its own sauce below the sponge in the base of the dish. Make it up in advance, then sprinkle sugar and cocoa on top and pour over some boiling water and cook while you eat your starter and main over the festive period. We have 5 more magical self-saucing pudding recipes here.


Chocolate and burnt butterscotch layer cake

Our deliciously indulgent, grown-up chocolate and burnt butterscotch cake looks really impressive and is definitely worth the effort. We are a big fans of layer cakes, so here are our recipes to try.


Pain au choc bread and butter pudding

Chocolate overload! This is a real show-stopping dessert but it’s incredibly easy to make. You can make this indulgent pud with croissants, but then you’d miss out on that extra chocolate hit.

Pain au choc bread and butter pudding

Chocolate fondant

An easy recipe to make this favourite melt-in-the-middle chocolate dessert. Still a winner on dinner-party menus. Serve with a little cream on the side.


Easiest ever chocolate fudge cake

Super easy and quick to make, this gooey number is perfect for when you need to bake a last-minute treat for a special occasion.


Marbled Nutella bagels

Follow the hot new trend of rainbow and marbled bagels at home with this recipe for marbled Nutella bagels. Make a batch and freeze them for a treat.



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