Dessert. We all love it. It’s good for the soul and pretty much the highlight of any meal. When it comes to dessert, our philosophy is “go big or go home”—and go for chocolate.
Chocolate enthusiasts are often on a mission to find the most delicious dessert. While there are thousands of dessert recipes floating around the internet, we think these, for lack of better words, “take the cake.”
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce
Traditional chocolate cakes are gorgeous, but flourless chocolate cakes present a completely different experience. The lack of flour creates a denser, heavier cake, putting all the focus on the chocolate flavor. The tart flavor of the raspberry complements the cake’s complexity, creating an out-of-this-world chocolate dessert. For added sweetness, add a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. You’re in for one deeply intoxicating experience.
- ¼ cup of water
- ¼ cup of brewed coffee or espresso
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- ¾ cup of white sugar
- 18 ounces of high-quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 6 eggs
- 2 10-ounce bags of frozen raspberries in syrup
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Using spray or butter, grease one 10-inch round cake pan. Cut out a circle of parchment paper and place in the bottom of the pan. Grease this as well, and set aside.
- In small saucepan, combine the water, coffee, salt, and sugar, and stir until the mixture is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave. If using the microwave, cook the chocolate in short blasts, stopping to stir about every 20 seconds to prevent any burning. Once the chocolate is fully melted, pour it into a large mixing bowl.
- Cut the butter into cubes and add into the bowl of chocolate, using an electric mixer to beat after each addition. Add the sugar-water and beat to incorporate. Add the eggs one at time and beat again.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Create a water bath by placing the batter-filled cake pan into a larger pan. Fill the large pan with boiling water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the batter-filled pan. Bake for 300 degrees for 45 minutes and allow the cake to come to room temperature. Chill the cake overnight. The next morning, flip the cake onto a serving plate. Peel of the parchment paper.
- To make the raspberry sauce, puree the frozen raspberries in a food processor. Serve the cake with the sauce on top or on the side, depending on your preference. Garnish with fresh strawberries.
Chocolate Brownie Parfaits
Quite possibly the most delicious dessert recipe. When it comes to chocolate, this recipe is not messing around. Layers of fudge brownies, chocolate pudding, and cookie crumbles create a chocolate experience suitable for kids and adults alike. To add an aesthetic flair, serve each parfait in individual mason jars.
- Brownies, one batch, cubed
- ½ package of chocolate sandwich cookies
- Chocolate ice cream
- Chocolate pudding, one batch
- Whipped cream
- Chocolate bar
- Prepare all of the parfait ingredients. If you’re short on time, you can use a boxed brownie mix or instant chocolate pudding.
- Pour the cookies into large, resealable plastic bag. Use a rolling pin to gently crush the cookies into crumbs.
- Prepare 10-12 individual serving cups or mason jars, and fill each one ¼ of the way full with the chopped brownies.
- Add one scoop of ice cream and about ½ of the cookie crumbs to each serving.
- Add the chocolate pudding and follow with whipped cream.
- Using a vegetable peeler, shave off a few scraps of the chocolate bar to garnish each parfait.
- Sprinkle with the remaining cookie crumbs.
Malted Hot Chocolate
Sometimes, chocolate desserts are best served as drinks. This cozy hot chocolate recipe adds a hint of malt flavor, taking it up a few notches from the average cup of cocoa. For adult hot chocolate, replace ½ cup of the milk with ½ cup of Bailey’s, and prepare yourself for the most delicious dessert drink out there.
- 4 cups of whole milk
- ⅛ cup granulated sugar
- ⅙ cup of malted milk powder
- 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- Marshmallows or whipped cream (optional)
- Combine the milk and sugar in a heavy saucepan. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Once the mixture begins to boil, remove from the heat.
- Add the malt powder and chocolate and whisk until smooth.
- Serve with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired.
Whether you’re enjoying dessert with a group of people or all on your own, these chocolate recipes are guaranteed to give you that sweet tooth fix.