Valentine’s Day chocolate cake recipes: 10 of the best romantic desserts

PUBLISHED: 11:19 09 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:13 26 October 2015

This gluten-free chocolate cake topped with fresh berries works perfectly as a Valentine's Day bake.

This gluten-free chocolate cake topped with fresh berries works perfectly as a Valentine's Day bake.


From red velvet cake and chocolate torte to gluten-free cupcakes – as Valentine’s gifts go, a good chocolate cake is top of our list! We spoke to local Derbyshire bakers and chefs, before trawling our recipe archives, to bring you some baking inspiration.

Red Velvet Cake.Red Velvet Cake.

1. Red Velvet Cake by The Cake Nest

This is a quick and easy cake to make, don’t be put off by the beetroot, it really adds to the colour and moistness of the cake. Read more…

Chocolate Fondant.Chocolate Fondant.

2. Chocolate Fondant by Blacksmith’s Loft

For a perfect after-dinner Valentine’s treat, try these gooey-in-the-middle chocolate desserts. Timing may be everything when achieving the perfect chocolate fondant – but even if you over-cook them, we still think they taste delicious! Read more…

Chocolate Torte with Chantilly Cream.Chocolate Torte with Chantilly Cream.

3. Chocolate torte with Chantilly cream, blueberries and orange syrup

Seriously rich, this chocolate torte doesn’t need to be cooked in the oven – just chill it in the fridge. Make it in advance, leaving you more time to prepare the rest of your Valentine’s feast. Read more…

Gluten-free Chocolate and Cinnamon Cupcakes.Gluten-free Chocolate and Cinnamon Cupcakes.

4. Gluten Free Chocolate and Cinnamon Cupcakes by Cameo Cupcakes

The apples and sultanas add a sweetness to the flavour and a chewy texture to these more-ish cupcakes. Aromatic cinnamon enhances the flavour of the chocolate cake, which has been finished with a slightly crunchy baked crust and smooth chocolate ganache topping. The sponge will stay moist for several days. Read more…

Gluten Free Chocolate cake with Strawberries and Raspberries.Gluten Free Chocolate cake with Strawberries and Raspberries.

5. Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Strawberries and Raspberries

This gluten free bake is very easy to make and brilliant for people with or without wheat intolerances. The strawberries and raspberries cut perfectly through the richness of this chocolate cake. Read more…

Death by Chocolate cakeDeath by Chocolate cake

6. ‘Death by Chocolate’ Cake by Cameo Cupcakes

This gluten free recipe is a very rich, but light, chocolate cake. Made without flour or nuts it is perfect for those with wheat or nut allergies . Read more…

Chocolate and Beetroot Tart.Chocolate and Beetroot Tart.

7. Chocolate and Beetroot Tart

Fancy one of your 5 a day in a chocolate dessert? Ok, so maybe it’s not quite guilt-free, but give this delicious chocolate and beetroot recipe a try and you won’t regret it! Read more…

Chocolate and Coconut CupcakesChocolate and Coconut Cupcakes

8. Chocolate and Coconut Cupcakes

These are sure to be a crowd pleaser, moist chocolate sponge topped with a coconut and chocolate fudge frosting. Go on, indulge! Read more…

Chocolate Fudge Cake.Chocolate Fudge Cake.

9. Chocolate Fudge Cake

Every baker needs a good chocolate fudge cake recipe in their repertoire. Read more…

Hot Chocolate Tart with Lemon Curd Ice Cream.Hot Chocolate Tart with Lemon Curd Ice Cream.

10. Hot Chocolate Tart with Lemon Curd Ice Cream and Salted Caramel Popcorn

Hot, rich chocolate filling paired with cool zingy lemon – what’s not to like? Don’t be afraid to cheat on this one and buy your pastry ready-made. Read more…

If you want to head out for a drink to finish off your Valentine’s Day celebrations then try a cocktail at one of Derby’s top bars, or if you’re more of an ale fan then head to one of the top 8 real ale pubs in the county.

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