Our 51 best easy chocolate recipes are a chocoholic’s dream, whether you’re looking for chocolate cakes, chocolate cookie ideas or chocolate cheesecakes. Make Great British Bake Off winner, Edd Kimber’s, indulgent recipes, including his epic Brooklyn blackout cake.
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.
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.
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.
This is a chocolate lovers dream especially if you love a classic snickers chocolate bar too. Go nuts over our epic chocolate tart with crumbly peanut pastry. Plenty more chocolate tart recipes here.
Check out our chocolaty, no-bake cheesecake recipe with a quick passion fruit coulis. This decadent dessert is really impressive and only takes 40 minutes to make.
Enjoy a slice of heaven in under an hour! Our decadent chocolate cake is covered in silky smooth frosting and we teach you how to create dark chocolate curls for an artisan finish. Discover more of our best chocolate cake recipes here.
Check out our best chocolate chip cookie recipe, soft and chewy in the middle with a perfectly crisp outside. Packed with oozing dark chocolate and topped with sea salt flakes, these quick cookies make an easy weekend treat.
Check out this moreish recipe for homemade bourbon biscuits with creamy rhubarb liqueur ice cream. You’ll be left with extra biscuits and ice cream from this recipe but the biscuits will keep in an airtight box and the ice cream can be frozen for later.
Looking to take your chocolate cake up a notch? Check out this Italian inspired almond cake with dark melted chocolate and a hint of coffee. Topped with velvety amaretto cream, this cake is pure indulgence.
Wow your vegan friends with these double chocolate chip cookies – ready in just 30 minutes!
Check out this quick and easy chocolate mousse recipe with espresso. If you’re hosting a dinner party and looking for an indulgent yet easy dessert that can easily be made ahead, try these gluten free creamy puds – ready in 15 minutes.
Check out these fun and easy orange cupcakes with silky smooth chocolate frosting and old school Jaffa cakes. Make these cupcakes for an impressive alternative to a showstopping birthday cake.
If you love Portuguese custard tarts, then you’ll love this recipe – we’ve added Nutella for extra indulgence. Make these impressive chocolate custard tarts for an easy weekend treat.
Check out this frozen Nutella cheesecake with classic bourbon biscuits and crunchy roasted hazelnuts. This indulgent dessert is easy to make and perfect for a summertime dinner party with friends.
Looking for an impressive dessert to serve family and friends? Check out this show-stopping chocolate and hazelnut profiterole stack. With creamy Nutella filling and crunchy hazelnut brittle, this stunning recipe is the perfect end to a dinner party.
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Check out this quick and easy basic chocolate sponge cake. This moist chocolate cake is a super simple, all-in-one cake for all those chocolate lovers out there. Serve with an extra dollop of cream for ultra indulgence.
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Check out this dense, creamy dark chocolate crémeux with crunchy nut praline and indulgent boozy caramel sauce. This easy recipe is an impressive way to end any dinner party.
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These indulgent show-off mini cakes are very easy to make and are perfect for a mid-afternoon treat. Peruvian chocolate or a dark blend will work best with the blackberries in these cakes.
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Impress your friends and family with these fun and quirky chocolate snack cakes with peanut butter. These individual mini cakes may take a bit of time to make, but they’re well worth the wait. Plus, keep them in an airtight container and they’ll last for up to 3 days.
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.
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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.
This rich, dense chocolate tart is lifted to another level with sweet and salty walnuts, adding crunch as well as a complexity of flavour, perfect for any dinner party dessert. You will need a loose-bottomed, fluted tart tin of about 25cm diameter and 3cm depth.
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Satisfyingly smooth and indulgent, this chocolatey malt mousse cake topped with crunchy salted pretzels is a perfect pudding to make for the holiday.
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.
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Check out this stunning chocolate cake with a creamy passion fruit curd. This moist and indulgent creation is a real showstopper and will make for an epic celebration dessert. Just look at that shine.
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.
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Check out Edd Kimber’s seriously impressive spiced chocolate oatmeal pie. This recipe is a great alternative to pecan pie and a real indulgent crowd pleaser.
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Make this indulgent chocolate slab with white chocolate, dark chocolate and coffee beans to give as a gift or serve as a smart dinner party dessert with coffee.
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.
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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.
Try our recipe for indulgent and creamy homemade chocolate gelato with black pepper. Gelato differs from ice cream in the fat content – ice cream is usually made with cream, while gelato is milk based. The trick to this silky smooth gelato is to add some liquid glucose – this lowers the freezing point so it doesn’t freeze rock solid.
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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.
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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!
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.
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…
This recipe for chocolate hazelnut cake celebrates a classic combination and is deliciously indulgent. It makes for a great dinner party dessert. The recipe comes from Sharing Puglia: Simple, Delicious Food From Italy’s Undiscovered Coast (£25, Hardie Grant).
What could be better than warm and freshly toasted bread with a dollop of melting chocolate on top? We’ve added a sprinkle of sea salt and sesame seeds to boost this sweet combination.
This cake by Hannah Miles is the ultimate in kitsch. Drizzle the ganache on top so that the pretty striped layers of peanut butter and jam show through.
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.
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A stupendous cake for tea, our chocolate brownie cake has chopped preserved ginger in the mix to give it an extra spice and a bit of a grown-up twist to really impress.
A poshed-up roulade, made with double cream, dark chocolate and slithers of pistachio. A beautiful bake, ideal for an impressive dinner party dessert.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
This flourless chocolate cake is extremely smooth and similar to the consistency of a chocolate torte. The amaretto lifts the deep richness of the chocolate.
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.
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.
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Check out these chocolate-dipped meringues with cherries and boozy cream. This recipe is really simple and incredibly moreish, a great summer dessert.
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.
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.
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.
This birthday traybake works brilliantly as a base for any kid’s birthday cake. It’s actually a ‘sheet cake’, a standard baking treat in Texas. We’ve added a chocolate topping here, but you could it personalise it any way you like.
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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.
Lindt balls buried in the centre of this deeply chocolatey pud give little melted caramel hits, perfect for a festive dessert that’s easy but really impressive.
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.
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.
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