12 Decadent Desserts That Say “I Love You”

  1. molten chocolate cakes

    Molten Chocolate Cakes

    You’ll find these chocolate lava cakes with oozing molten centers on every steakhouse dessert menu. Surprisingly, they’re easy enough for even the novice baker to make at home.

  2. Cheesecake

    New York-Style Cheesecake

    Cheesecake can be intimidating to make, but with the right recipe and a few pointers, a tall, creamy, and gorgeous NY-style cheesecake is totally doable!

  3. chocolate cupcakes

    Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Chocolate Frosting

    Modestly adapted from Magnolia Bakery in NYC and Cook’s Illustrated, these old-fashioned cupcakes are sweet enough for children but also intensely chocolate enough for adults.

  4. rustic french apple tart

    Rustic French Apple Tart

    Like an apple pie without the pan, this rustic tart consists of a thin layer of sliced apples baked on top of a buttery, flaky crust. The dough comes together in under a minute and is virtually foolproof – promise!

  5. cake

    Sticky Toffee Banana Cake

    This warm, comforting cake is a twist on the classic English dessert, sticky toffee pudding — which is not really pudding at all, but rather a warm, moist cake covered in a sticky toffee sauce.

  6. bread pudding

    Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream

    Spiked with bourbon, this warm and chocolaty bread pudding is the ultimate comfort food. Top it with vanilla ice cream and you’ve got a grown-up brownie sundae.

  7. chocolate cream pie

    Chocolate Cream Pie

    With a chocolate cookie crust, silky chocolate pudding center, and pillowy whipped cream topping, this pie is a chocolate lover’s dream.

  8. cupcakes

    Red Velvet Cupcakes

    Who can resist a red velvet cupcake with its subtle chocolate flavor, deep mahogany color, and lavish swirl of tangy cream cheese frosting on top?

  9. coconut cream pie

    Coconut Cream Pie

    A coconut-scented crust filled with creamy coconut custard, all covered in a pillow of whipped cream and heaps of toasted coconut — this pie is downright dreamy.

  10. brownies

    Baileys Cheesecake-Marbled Brownies

    These boozy brownies with a swirl of tangy cheesecake are cakey on the bottom, alternately fudgy and creamy in the center, and crisp on top.

  11. chocolate walnut fudge

    15-Minute Chocolate Walnut Fudge

    As much as I love the old-fashioned fudge my grandmother made, I usually opt for something much simpler. This 15-minute chocolate walnut fudge from Cook’s Illustrated is delicious and foolproof.

  12. pavlova

    Double Chocolate Pavlova with Mascarpone Cream & Raspberries

    Pavlova is a cake-shaped meringue with a soft and marshmallowy center and crisp outer shell, usually topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit. This chocolate version is perfect for Valentine's Day.

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