From tempting cupcakes to decadent brownies, here are 10 delectable chocolate dessert ideas that will leave you wanting more!
Hey beautiful! As a kid, I grew up watching Nigella Lawson, Masterchef Australia and Donna Hay (actually, I still watch all of them). And as much as they inspired me to make fancy desserts with equally fancy names that are hard to pronounce, I just found them really difficult to follow. It was almost impossible to find or even know half the ingredients they were using (I still don’t know what a loquat is). Plus baking those desserts took way more time than I was willing to spend (I don’t wanna waste 2 hours on a cake that I will most likely burn)!
So, I looked toward other chocolate dessert ideas with simple and easy baking recipes that anyone including beginners like myself can master. I’ve compiled a list of 12 amazing chocolate dessert ideas that take no time at all and only require ingredients and tools that you would already find in your kitchen. I regularly make some of them when I have choco-cravings!
Whether you’re having people over for a party, getting over a breakup, celebrating Christmas with family or just need some self-indulgence, here are the best chocolate dessert ideas for a quick and easy fix for all your chocoholic cravings.
12 Chocolate Dessert Ideas
1. Chocolate Brownie in a Mug
Ingredients: 1 egg, 4 tbsp icing sugar, 2 tbsp oil, 1 tbsp plain flour and 2 tbsp cocoa
So, all you have to do is add these four ingredients into your mug (make sure it’s microwave-safe!) and stir well until you get a smooth mixture without any lumps. You could add in some vanilla essence as well if you prefer to. Pop it into the microwave for 60 seconds and enjoy! You can take this quick and easy chocolate dessert recipe a step further by topping it with some good old vanilla ice cream! Hands down, the yummiest and easiest of all the chocolate dessert ideas on this list.
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2. Chocolate Crepes
Have them for breakfast, lunch, snack time, dinner, or all! I won’t judge.
Ingredients: 3 eggs, 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp cocoa, 1 cup milk, 1 cup flour and butter (to grease)
Crack three eggs into a bowl, add the powdered sugar and whisk until it’s smooth. Then add the cocoa and again, whisk until smooth. Add in the flour as well and whisk till you get a lump-free batter. Now go ahead and pour in the milk and stir it all together. Your batter should look a bit watery. Once you get the consistency right, pour it into a skillet, swirl the pan to form a thin circle and cook for a minute on each side.
My favorite part about making crepes is the toppings and fillings! You can use sliced fruits, syrups, sauces, honey, whipped cream and just about anything you please! I prefer my crepes with some nutella spread inside, a couple of slices of strawberries and topped with powdered sugar. Mmm! I can’t wait to go home and make one for myself.
3. Choco Lava Cake
If you thought making gooey cupcakes that ooze out warm chocolate was hard, Byron Talbott’s recipe that uses just 5 ingredients is truly life changing!
Things you’ll need: 200 gms dark chocolate, 3 eggs, 100 gms butter, 1/3 cup all purpose flour and 1/3 cup sugar.
Chop up some chocolate and melt it in the microwave. Then, mix the sugar and butter together in a separate bowl. Add the eggs one by one and stir in between. Now add the flour and finally, incorporate the chocolate you melted earlier. Pipe this mixture into some ramekins or muffin tray after buttering the edges. Bake at 400° F for 10-15 minutes. Take it out of the oven and dig right in while it’s still warm!
4. Melt-in-the-Mouth Chocolate Chip Cookie
Chunky, gooey, chocolaty goodness is what you’ll experience once you bite into these cookies that practically melt in your mouth! Thanks to this quick dessert recipe by kawaiisweetworld on YouTube, making delicious cookies will never be a difficult task.
Here’s what you’ll need: 2 tbsp butter, 4 tbsp sugar, 2 tbsp whisked egg, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 cup flour, 2 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt, chocolate chips (as much as you want!)
In a bowl, mix together the butter and sugar, using a fork. Add to it the whisked egg and vanilla extract and mix. In a separate bowl, combine the cocoa powder, flour and baking soda. Now add your dry mixture to the wet one and stir before adding choco chips (the more, the better!). Scoop the cookie dough (which is honestly delicious enough to eat on its own!) in an ice cream scooper and place it on a tray that’s lined with baking paper. Bake in a preheated oven at 350° F for 8 minutes.
5. Chocolate Cake Pops
If you ever accidentaly bought or baked a cake that doesn’t taste good on its own, here’s how to not waste it and transform it into something lip smacking! That’s how I ended up making these chocolicious pops!
Ingredients: Any plain cake, muffins or sponge cake, melted chocolate (milk/dark and white) and sprinkles
First, take your cake and break it into pieces to form chunks and crumbs. Now add melted milk or dark chocolate to it and combine them both until it forms a dough-like consistency. Roll it into small balls using your hands and set them aside for 15 minutes. Now this is where the fun part comes in! Take some skewers or ice lolly sticks and stick them inside each cake pop. Get your melted white chocolate and dip the cake pops into them and add some some rainbow sprinkles on top! Leave it in the fridge for a while and snack on them once they’re set.
6. 3 Ingredient Chocolate Ice Cream
Yes, you read that right! just three ingredients are all you need to make this decadent chocolate dessert by SimpleCookingChannel on YouTube. I tried it out recently and I can’t begin to describe how good it is! The only part that’s hard is waiting for the it to freeze and set.
What you need: 200 gms sweetened condensed milk, 3 ½ tbsp cocoa, 275 mils whipping cream
Add the condensed milk and cocoa powder into a bowl and mix thoroughly. Whisk the whipping cream in another bowl and combine it with the milk and cocoa powder mixture. Store it in a box in the freezer and tuck in when it’s ready! It’s that simple!
7. Chocolate Macarons
Everyone’s favorite french dessert can now be made super easily at home with this delicious chocolate dessert recipe I learnt from Home Cooking Adventure on YouTube. Out of all the chocolate dessert ideas on this list, this one’s the one I’m most looking forward to trying.
Ingredients: For the macaron batter – 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 cup powdered almonds, 3 tbsp cocoa, 2 egg whites, a pinch of salt and 5 tbsp granulated sugar
For the chocolate ganache filling – 1/2 cup heavy cream and 120g chocolate (dark or milk), finely chopped
Grind together the powdered sugar, almond powder and cocoa in a blender until you get a really fine powder. In case there are still lumps, use a sieve or strainer and sift it into a bowl. In a different bowl, beat the egg whites together and add the granulated sugar and whisk for about two minutes until it’s firm. At this point, add the dry mixture of cocoa, almond powder and sugar and fold it in.
Now fill this mixture into a piping bag. If you don’t have one you can just DIY it, which is what I do. Simply fill it into a ziploc bag and snip one end of it and there you have it! So now you just pipe tiny circles of 1 inch diameter onto a baking sheet. Leave them out for 20 minutes until they’re no longer wet and bake for 10-15 minutes in a 350° F preheated oven.
And for the ganache filling, just heat the heavy cream in a saucepan until it just starts to boil at the edges. Then take it off the stove and pour it into your chopped chocolate, let it sit for a minute and stir until smooth. Once the macaron shells are out of the oven, go ahead and fill them once they’re cooled down.
8. Chocolate Waffles
Warning: You will not be able to get enough of these.
What you need: 1½ cups all purpose flour, 3 tbsp sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 3 beaten eggs, 4 tbsp butter, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 cups buttermilk, 3/4 cup chocolate chips
Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl and beat together all the wet ingredients in another. Then stir both the mixed wet and dry ingredients until they’re combined and add the choco chips. Let it rest for 5 minutes and then cook in your preheated waffle iron. So easy yet so delicious!
9. Chocolate Cupcakes with Frosting
We all know cupcakes aren’t the easiest chocolate dessert ideas. The take time, effort and patience. But not anymore! With this easy to bake chocolate dessert recipe by FoodLoverChannel, you’re gonna wanna keep making them! It’s the perfect holiday chocolate dessert for a Christmas party.
Ingredients: 320g self raising flour, 210ml yogurt, 2 eggs, 180g caster sugar, 150ml oil, 25g cocoa, 1 tsp bicarb soda, 1 tbsp Vanilla extract, 200g chocolate chips
Beat the eggs and sugar in a bowl before adding the oil to it. Whisk again and now add the yogurt. Stir them all together and then add vanilla extract and flour. Stir again and add cocoa powder and combine them all together. Now add some chocolate chips. Place the mixture into lined muffin trays and bake at 350° F for 15-20 minutes. Before you take them out, check if they’re cooked by inserting a toothpick or skewer inside them.
Tuck into these delicious cupcakes on their own or ice them with a simple 4 ingredient recipe frosting. Just combine 180g icing sugar, 1½ tbsp cocoa, 2 tbsp milk and 25 gms melted butter in a bowl and pipe them on to the cupcakes and enjoy!
10. Chocolate Mousse
This super duper easy recipe is courtesy of our SlubTeammate, Anusha. She suggests to whisk together some melted chocolate and heavy whipping cream, leave it in the fridge to chill and that’s pretty much it! Your mousse is ready! So simple but so good. You can have them on their own or topped with your favorite berries.
11. Chocolate Fondue
One of the yummiest and fun things you can have at a party is nothing but a chocolate fondue. All you need for this party dessert idea is some chocolate that’s melted, skewers and a selection of things to dip into the chocolate – berries, marshmallows, sliced fruits, chopped sponge cake, etc. You can also have a variety of different chocolate to dip into!
12. Chocolate Bowls
Here’s another set of chocolate dessert ideas for a party by Shilpa. For this again, you’ll just need 2 things, which are melted chocolate and balloons! This delicious chocolate dessert idea also saves you from doing the dishes!
Simply take some small blown balloons and dip the bigger end into the chocolate and leave them aside to set. You can also blow the balloons according to the size of bowl you want. Once the chocolate coating solidifies, pop the balloon and voila! An edible bowl! You can fill it with ice cream, pudding or mousse or anything else you want and once you’re done eating it, you can eat the bowl as well! If only I can find a way to make chocolate spoons as well.
So, those were our top chocolate dessert ideas to try for your next sleepover, party, alone time or whatever the occasion might be. Let us know which one’s you’ll be trying by tweeting @shilpa1ahuja. We’d love to know!
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Nishita is a Staff Writer/ Journalist at ShilpaAhuja.com. She is a graduate of National Institute of Fashion Technology and has a degree in leather design. A lover of all things fashion, she writes about everything from beauty, hair and lifestyle to fashion trends and how-to’s. Her area of expertise is outfit ideas but being fresh out of college, she also loves writing about college fashion. Her new found love of baking is currently taking over her life, making her write about all things chocolate and easy recipes. With a flair for sketching and a great eye for detail, she’s previously designed leather garments for brands like Diesel and Salsa. When she’s not writing, she’s busy reading extremely sappy Nicholas Spark’s novels, sewing clothes and listening to some indie rock. Also super passionate about photography, she loves portraits and wildlife photography – a habit turned love that formed with the amount of traveling she did as a teenager. As a girl who grew up with books and movies like Pride & Prejudice, her love for period fashion is huge. And being curly haired, she’s always on a constant hunt for solutions to problems that come with having ringlets and loves sharing them with people through her articles. For feedback and questions, email [email protected] or connect with her on twitter @ni95.