Best chocolate recipes
Indulge in our seriously chocolaty puddings, cakes and bakes, from classic cupcakes to Brooklyn blackout cake and traybake tiffin
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.
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
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 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...
Make this comforting storecupboard sponge for an easy chocolate dessert for the whole family.
Bake a gaggle of these indulgent cupcakes and you'll make friends for life. Top with swirls of homemade chocolate buttercream.
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.
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.
Decadent chocolate tarts are a great dessert to serve at any get-together. This recipe is from Italian restaurant Luca.
Treat someone special with these melt-in-the-mouth chocolate truffles with a boozy kick.
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.
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.
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.
Spoon these melting, turkish-delight-spiked brownies straight from the pan and serve with generous dollops of ice cream.
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.
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 puds – ready in 15 minutes.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 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...
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.
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. Satisfy your cheesecake craving here with plenty of cheesecake recipes...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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. 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. More cookies recipes here...
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.
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. Check out more of our exciting traybake recipes...
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.
Use left-over chocolate and Easter eggs to create this indulgent fruit and nut chocolate Tiffin. No oven needed.
This recipe sees waffles coated in cinnamon butter and served with chocolate sauce for dipping – think eggs and soldiers-style.