easy chocolate sheet cake recipe with mocha buttercream frosting
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If ever there was an ingredient we didn’t need an excuse to celebrate, it’s chocolate—but since it is National Chocolate Day on October 28, we’ve collected some of our best chocolate dessert recipes to honor the occasion.

From rich, fudgy brownies to easy vegan chocolate cake, these desserts are all chock-full of chocolate flavor, and if you’re cuckoo for cocoa (or cacao), you’ll love any one of them.

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1. Chocolate Mint Brownies

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Our chocolate mint brownies aren’t just flavored with peppermint oil—they have 35 chocolate-covered peppermint patties mixed into an already rich chocolate batter (so plan on hitting up the discount Halloween candy aisle before it’s all gone!). Make sure not to over-bake and you’ll have gooey, luscious brownies with a flavor reminiscent of your favorite Girl Scout cookie, Thin Mints. Get our Chocolate Mint Brownies recipe.

2. Chocolate Ganache Tart

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This tart is a showstopper for sure. With a homemade vanilla bean-speckled crust, a thick layer of truffle-like chocolate ganache, and a rich cherry-vodka sauce, this is an unbeatable combination that’s not difficult to make but never fails to impress. Get our Chocolate Ganache Tart recipe.

3. Deep, Dark Chocolate Pudding

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For purists, this beautifully rich dessert’s incredible chocolate flavor is thanks to both semisweet chocolate and cocoa powder. The whipped cream on top includes a little crème fraîche as well as sugar and vanilla for a simple yet sophisticated dessert. Get our Deep, Dark Chocolate Pudding recipe.

4. Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

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An already rich chocolate brownie just got a lot more amazing with the addition of a cream cheese swirl mixed in. Use a knife to get a beautiful marbling effect and these brownies will look as fantastic as they taste. Get our Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies recipe.

5. Chocolate Macarons with Chocolate Ganache

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French macarons look hard to make, but if you break down the recipe into steps they’re actually very simple. Almond flour (or almond meal) is what makes them so different from regular cookies, but they can be affected by the humidity and weather when you’re baking, so be careful to pick the right day to try this recipe out. Get our Chocolate Macarons with Chocolate Ganache recipe.

6. Chocolate Sheet Cake with Mocha Buttercream

easy chocolate sheet cake recipe with mocha buttercream frosting

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For another double threat that’s far easier to pull off (whatever the weather), this simple sheet cake can’t be beat. The moist chocolate cake is enhanced with espresso powder to deepen the flavor, and the fluffy mocha frosting is thickly layered on top. Get our Chocolate Sheet Cake with Mocha Buttercream recipe.

8. Chocolate Pecan Pie

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The only thing that makes pecan pie better is adding a generous amount of semisweet chocolate (okay, and some bourbon). Get our Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe.

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9. Nutella Chocolate Cheesecake

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Cheesecake meets chocolate torte in this decadent dessert with three layers of chocolate-hazelnut goodness: a buttery chocolate wafer and hazelnut crust, a rich Nutella-cream cheese filling, and a Nutella ganache glaze to take it right over the top. Get our Nutella Chocolate Cheesecake recipe.

10. Champorado (Filipino Chocolate Rice Pudding)

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Uncomplicated, fast, and totally delicious, this Filipino dish (also known as chocolate rice) is basically a creamy cocoa-flavored rice pudding that might become your new, go-to comfort food dessert—or breakfast. Get our Champorado recipe.

11. Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce

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When you’re truly in a hurry, though, just whip up a warm chocolate sauce and drizzle it on anything in sight: fresh fruit, ice cream, pound cake, potato chips… This one is intense and definitely more bitter than sweet. Get our Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce recipe.

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12. Hazelnut Truffle Fudge

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This ultra easy fudge is truly foolproof since there’s no candy thermometer required; you just melt butter, cream, bittersweet chocolate, and Nutella together, then smooth it into a pan and let it set. Chopped toasted hazelnuts add flavorful crunch, and it’s even better if they’re salted. Get our Hazelnut Truffle Fudge recipe.

13. Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Vegan Chocolate Frosting

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Because no one should miss out on chocolate desserts, of course. The cupcakes are tender and moist enough to eat on their own, but the fluffy, smooth vegan chocolate buttercream is always a welcome addition. Get our Vegan Chocolate Cupcake recipe and our Vegan Chocolate Frosting recipe for the perfect pair.

This post was written by Caitlin O’Shaughnessy in 2015 and has been updated by Chowhound Editors.

Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC’s best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.
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