When a chocolate craving hits, nothing else will satisfy. Which is why we’ve rounded up our 10 most popular desserts of all time, which range from the easiest pantry brownies to an impressive layer cake. Pick one and give it a go tonight — you’ll quickly see why these desserts are so beloved.
1. Flourless Chocolate Cake
This deceptively easy dessert is a favorite for a reason. Without flour, the flavor of the chocolate can shine, making it the ultimate dessert for chocoholics everywhere. Plus, it’s a great go-to for so many occasions, whether you’re baking for gluten-free friends or hosting Passover.
2. Nutella Brownies
You only need two ingredients to make these decadent brownies: a jar of Nutella and a handful of eggs, which, when whisked until lightened in color and tripled in size, acts as the leavener for these brownies. The result is a fudgy, chewy gluten-free brownie that makes for the perfect weeknight dessert.
3. Chocolate Wafer Icebox Stacks
Icebox cakes are so much greater than the sum of their parts: a simple combination of wafer cookies and whipped cream transforms into a dessert no one can resist. Although the nostalgic treat is often built in a loaf pan and therefore shaped like a log, these stacks are even easier — and pretty adorable, too.
4. Chocolate Brownies
With their rich centers and shiny, crackly tops, chewy brownies are arguably the best kind of brownie. A combination of sugars — dark brown and white — helps create the chewy texture, but the most important step for achieving chewy goodness is slightly underbaking the brownies and then transferring them to the fridge to chill. Trust us, it’s worth the wait.
5. Chocolate Truffles
If you’ve only been enjoying truffles as part of a store-bought box of chocolates, you’re in for a treat. Homemade truffles, with their assorted coatings and creamy, melt-in-your-mouth ganache centers, are far superior to anything you can buy.
6. Chocolate and Vanilla Swirled Marble Cake
If you’re serving a crowd that’s split on their preference for vanilla or chocolate, this is just the cake to bake. To create the perfect marbled look, forget the knife (which results in swirls that are too thin and wispy) and opt for a thicker, more substantial tool, such as the end of a wooden spoon.
7. Pantry Cocoa Brownies
Whether it’s midday or midnight, these brownies are here for you — and that’s because you already have the ingredients in your pantry. The chocolatey-ness comes from cocoa powder, which you’ll bloom in warm oil to intensify its flavor, eliminating the need for chopped chocolate or chocolate chips.
8. Chocolate Pudding
This forgotten classic is overdue for a comeback. A bowl of homemade pudding, creamy and whipped and just slightly warm, will instantly comfort you in a way few other desserts can. Plus, the process of making pudding is easy: It’s simply milk and cream, sweetened and thickened on the stovetop or the oven.
9. Chocolate Layer Cake
This layered beauty is moist, tender, and fluffy while still boasting deep, dark flavor. Because of its light and spongy texture, it’s perfect for layering — go ahead and spread it with your favorite frosting, or use the layers to build a German chocolate cake.
10. Chocolate Ganache
Speaking of your favorite frosting, mastering the art of ganache means you can whip up a layer cake filling, truffles, or a pourable glaze any time you need it. Plus, it only takes two ingredients: dark chocolate and heavy cream.