Looking for chocolate recipes? Try our ideas below or check out these chocolate cakes, chocolate puddings or chocolate tarts. Check out our best chocolate gifts for gifting inspiration too. For romantic meal ideas, check out our date night recipes.


Great British Bake Off winner, Edd Kimber, has created plenty of indulgent chocolate recipes for us – look at that 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.

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Can I 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.

Easy chocolate recipes

Chocolate loaf cake

Rich, fudgy sponge is infused with espresso and topped with creamy ganache to create this wickedly chocolate loaf cake. We’ve topped with a sprinkle of chilli flakes for a subtle spicy kick.

A glossy chocolate loaf cake with chocolate ganache and sea salt flakes on top

Chocolate celebration cake

This decadent chocolate, pear and olive oil cake, topped with delicious hazelnut praline buttercream and pretty edible flowers, is perfect for any celebration.

Chocolate and olive oil sponge cake decorated in hazelnut praline and edible flowers on a stand with a candle

Triple chocolate chip cookies

The best bake for chocolate lovers – these luxurious cookies combine dark, milk and white chocolate. They’re super simple to make, too.

Lots of chocolate cookies spread over a white surface

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). Here are our best ever brownies recipes in one convenient collection...

Best Ever Classic Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Chocolate sponge with hot chocolate sauce

Make this comforting storecupboard sponge for an easy chocolate dessert for the whole family.

Easy Chocolate Sponge Recipe

Malted milk chocolate traybake

If you like chocolate-covered malted milk biscuits, you'll love this cake. A mixture of Horlicks powder and Maltesers creates the classic flavour.

Malted milk chocolate traybake with a slice taken out

Classic chocolate cupcakes

Bake a gaggle of these indulgent cupcakes and you'll make friends for life. Top with swirls of homemade chocolate buttercream.

Classic Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Chocolate fudge cake

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.

Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe

Chocolate fondue

A simple sweet platter that can be thrown together in minutes and brings everyone together. Serve with flutes of fizz for a decadent end to a dinner party.

Melted chocolate in the middle of a sharing plate with marshmallows, biscuits, fruit etc

Chocolate concrete

Crunchy and crumbly, this chocolate treat is somewhere between a cake and a biscuit – serve with a hot cup of tea and some custard.

Squares of chocolate concrete cake on a pink background

Classic chocolate tiffin

Using cocoa powder as well as dark and milk chocolate, there’s a reason a tiffin is a classic for chocolate lovers. With a melted milk topping and white chocolate drizzled on top, it’ll satisfy any chocolate craving.

A tray of chocolate tiffin with swirled white chocolate and normal chocolate topping

Vegan chocolate layer cake

Looking for an easy chocolate cake that's vegan? Decent espresso powder is the key to this luxurious vegan chocolate sponge, sandwiched together with indulgent (and butter-free) chocolate buttercream.

Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe

Chocolate molten cake

Is there anything more comforting than a melt-in-the-middle chocolate pudding? Timings are key here, to ensure the molten chocolate centre.

Chocolate molten cake with cream poured over on a plate

Warm molten chocolate and salted caramel tarts

Decadent chocolate tarts are a great dessert to serve at any get-together. This recipe is from Italian restaurant Luca.

A chocolate tart on a white plate with a marble background

Chocolate bark with dates, pistachios and almonds

This fancy dark chocolate bark can be made in just 20 minutes, plus chilling, making it the perfect homemade Christmas gift.

Chocolate bark broke into shards

White chocolate mousse with blackberries and honeycomb

This sophisticated white chocolate mousse with blackberries and honeycomb from The Bath Arms in Wiltshire is made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes.

A small glass dish of white chocolate mousse with honeycomb on top

Baileys dark and white chocolate truffles

Treat someone special with these melt-in-the-mouth chocolate truffles with a boozy kick.

Homemade Baileys Truffles with Chocolate

Rocky road

Great for an afternoon treat, this easy rocky road recipe is an irresistible combination of Crunchie bars, marshmallows, raisins, biscuit chunks and chocolate. It's the perfect indulgent pick-me-up you can make in a flash.

A slab of rocky road cut into squares

Chocolate and peanut caramel tart

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.

Chocolate Caramel Tart Recipe with Peanuts

Dark chocolate and passion fruit cheesecake

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.

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe with Passion Fruit

Portuguese chocolate custard tarts

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.

Portuguese Custard Tarts with Chocolate

Turkish delight pan brownies

Spoon these melting, turkish-delight-spiked brownies straight from the pan and serve with generous dollops of ice cream.

Chocolate Brownie Recipe with Turkish Delight

Luxury hot chocolate with mix ’n’ match toppings

Set up a little table outside with all the toppings, then let people help themselves to create their own take on the ultimate hot chocolate.

Luxury Hot Chocolate Recipe

Chocolate almond cake with amaretto cream

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.

Chocolate Amaretto Almond Cake Recipe

Double chocolate chip cookies

Wow your vegan friends with these double chocolate chip cookies, ready in just 30 minutes.

Vegan Cookie Recipe

Affogato chocolate mousse

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 puds – ready in 15 minutes.

Chocolate Mousse Recipe with Affogato

Chocolate and hazelnut profiteroles stack

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. Try more of our exciting choux pastry recipes here...

Profiterole tower with dark chocolate and hazelnut topping

Chocolate crémeux with crunchy nut praline and boozy caramel sauce

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. Check out our other caramel bakes and cakes right here...

Chocolate Crémeux Recipe with Praline and Caramel Sauce

Chocolate and peanut butter snack cakes

Impress your friends and family with these fun and quirky chocolate snack cakes with peanut butter. The 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 three days.

Chocolate Snack Cake Recipe with Peanut Butter

Frozen chocolate and Nutella cheesecake

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.

No Bake Nutella Cheesecake

Chocolate and 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.

Chocolate Babka Buns Recipe with Pistachio

Chocolate self-saucing 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. We have five more magical self-saucing pudding recipes here...

Self-Saucing Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Chocolate and passion fruit layer cake

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 Passion Fruit Cake Recipe

Chocolate bread and butter pudding

Chocolate overload! This pain au chocolat pudding is a real show-stopping dessert but it's incredibly easy to make. You can make use croissants, but then you’d miss out on that extra chocolate hit. Here are our most indulgent chocolate pudding recipes to try...

Pain Au Choc Bread And Butter Pudding Recipe

Spiced chocolate oatmeal pie

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.

Spiced chocolate oatmeal pie recipe

Mocha chocolate slab

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.

Chocolate Slab Recipe

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...

Black Forest Cheesecake Recipe

Chocolate and black pepper gelato

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. Check out more of our best-ever ice cream recipes...

Chocolate Gelato Recipe With Black Pepper

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 With Hot Chocolate Sauce (Plus How To Video)

Chocolate pots with orange and sea salt

Sweet yet bitter dark chocolate works really well with olive oil in these easy dessert pots. Juicy caramelised oranges cut through the richness and a touch of sea salt creates the perfect combination of sweet and salty indulgence.

Chocolate Orange Pots Recipe with Sea Salt

Sesame-chocolate toast with sea salt

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.

Sesame Chocolate Toast With Sea Salt

Chocolate, peanut butter and jam terrine

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.

Chocolate Terrine Recipe with Peanut Butter and Jam

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. Click here to find our show-stopping chocolate cake recipes.

Chocolate Blackout Cake

Chocolate crinkle 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. More cookies recipes here...

Chocolate Rye Volcano Cookies Recipe

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.

Churros with chocolate sauce

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 fancies resting on a wire rack

Children's chocolate birthday cake

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. Check out more of our exciting traybake recipes...

Chocolate sheet cake cut into squares

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.

Chilli and Chocolate Tart Recipe with Peanut Chipotle Brittle Recipe

Chocolate caramel Lindt ball pudding

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.

Chocolate Caramel Lindt Ball Pudding

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.

Chocolate Éclairs Recipe

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.

Chocolate fondant recipe

Easter trash tiffin

Use left-over chocolate and Easter eggs to create this indulgent fruit and nut chocolate Tiffin. No oven needed.

Easter Tiffin Recipe with Chocolate Eggs

Churro waffle fingers with dipping sauce

This recipe sees waffles coated in cinnamon butter and served with chocolate sauce for dipping – think eggs and soldiers-style.

Chocolate Churros Recipe

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