Chocolate Heart of Darkness Cakes

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Happy Valentine’s Day! For Valentine’s Day I’m sharing Chocolate Heart of Darkness Cakes, individual sized chocolate cakes with a rich and molten truffle center. Topped with whipped cream, they are an absolute delight to share with that special someone.

Chocolate Heart of Darkness Cakes


But there’s also another reason I’m sharing a celebratory cake recipe today. I checked back through my posts and I published my first post on February 14, 2013. It’s Spicy Southern Kitchen’s 1 Year Anniversary!

For my very first post I shared Almond Cake with Amaretto Filling.  Probably my favorite cake recipe ever. Are there any other almond cake lovers out there? Next to almond cake, my second love is chocolate cake and these mini-sized Heart of Darkness Cakes really fit the bill. Plus there’s something so Valentine’s Day-ie about individual sized desserts. Then everyone feels like that mini cake was made just for them. And that’s what Valentine’s Day is about- making our loved ones feel special.

Chocolate Heart of Darkness Cakes

And today I want to make the readers of Spicy Southern Kitchen feel special- because you are so special to me. Thank you to all who have taken the time to read Spicy Southern Kitchen and give me feed back on the recipes. I have gotten to know so many wonderful food bloggers from around the country and the world. I have learned so much about food and cooking from y’all and how wonderful to be able to share a common passion with so many people.

To celebrate I’m having a giveaway for a $50 Sur La Table Gift Card (I can spend hours in that store. There’s so much to look at.) and I’m also giving away a copy of my favorite cookbook- Tupelo Honey Cafe: Spirited Recipes from Asheville’s New South Kitchen. This cookbook is full of delicious modern twists on southern foods. The Tomato Pie is to die for!

PS- They have a new cookbook coming out in April that I’m super excited about!


Chocolate Heart of Darkness Cakes

Chocolate Heart of Darkness Cakes

Chocolate Heart of Darkness Cakes

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 50 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 12 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 402kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Individual size chocolate cakes with warm, molten chocolate centers.
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Chocolate Truffle Centers

  • 8 ounces semisweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

Chocolate Cocoa Cakes

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into tablespoon size pieces; plus 2 teaspoons butter melted
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 8 ounces semisweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped Cream


  • Make the Chocolate Truffle Center. Place 8 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate in a small bowl. Bring 3/4 cup heavy cream to a boil in a small saucepan. Pour over chopped chocolate. Let sit 5 minutes and then whisk until smooth.
  • Pour mixture onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper and use a rubber spatula to spread into a smooth layer, almost to the edges of pan. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes or freezer for 15 minutes.
  • Line a plate with wax paper. Remove chocolate/cream mixture from refrigerator and portion into 12 heaping tablespoon size portions. Wearing disposable gloves, roll each into a ball and place on plate. Place in freezer while preparing cake batter.
  • Make Cake Batter. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat 12 individual nonstick muffin cups with melted butter.
  • Sift together flour and cocoa powder onto a large sheet of wax paper.
  • Melt 8 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate and the butter in a double boiler and stir until smooth. (I just use a heavy bottomed saucepan set over fairly low heat. You could also use the microwave.)
  • Place 3 eggs, 2 egg yolks, and 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high speed for 2 minutes.
  • With mixer on low, gradually add melted chocolate/butter mixture. Gradually add flour mixture.
  • Once incorporated, stop mixer and scrape down sides. Add vanilla and mix on medium to combine. Use a rubber spatula to make sure batter is evenly mixed.
  • Pour 3 heaping tablespoons of batter into each muffin cup. Place in center of oven for 5 minutes.
  • Remove truffles from freezer. Remove muffin tray from oven and place a truffle in the center of each cake, pressing halfway down into batter. Return to oven and bake for 16 to 18 minutes.
  • Let cool at room temperature for 20 minutes. Give cakes a slight twist to loosen and they should easily come out of the cups. Serve while still warm or rewarm in the microwave.
  • Serve with whipped cream.


Calories: 402kcal

Recipe Source: Death by Chocolate Cakes: An Astonishing Array of Chocolate Enchantments

Disclosure: Spicy Southern Kitchen is an affiliate.

176 thoughts on “Chocolate Heart of Darkness Cakes

  1. My favorite cookbook has to be the classic Betty Crocker that was handed down to me by my mother!! Happy Anniversary! 🙂

  2. Right now my favorite cookbook is Isa Does It. Most of the meals can be made in the 1/2 hour range with flavors that have depth and nuance. It’s amazing what deliciousness can happen in that short of time!

  3. My favorite is a cookbook my church put together. I have so many memories of sitting down with that book, picking a recipe, and then running to ask my mom if I could make it.

  4. I usually use pinterest or google what I’m looking for. We have a Chicago Diner cookbook that is pretty awesome though.

  5. Oh my oh my, do these look good!!! i wish I hadn’t been so behind on my blog reading so I would have seen this before Valentine’s Day because it would have been the perfect dessert! Although I guess I don’t really need a holiday to make something this tasty. What a special treat it will be 🙂

  6. Congratulations on your first year blogging! I just found your blog and am in love already. I can’t wait to try making this recipe this weekend.

  7. My favorite is “Fix It and Forget It”. It’s a crockpot cook book. I use it all the time. In fact, I’m on my second copy.

  8. My favorite cookbook is a local cookbook from the small town my grandma lives! The local church put it all together and it has some delicious things in it!

  9. My favorite cookbook is the Joy of Cooking. It has been very helpful in terms of giving detailed instructions on how to not just cook a dish but on essentials in cooking in general.

  10. Congrats on the anniversary! 🙂

    And I totally agree that almonds make food (life?) better! I’m a little sad you didn’t add some marzipan (or something) to this recipe, but I guess chocoholics need their fix without any of that fluff. 😛

  11. I love Patricia Cornwell’s “Food to Die For”. She’s my favorite author and these recipes are seen throughout her novels, and they are delicious 🙂

  12. My favorite is still the red and white betty crocker cookbook that was passed down from my mom!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  13. I’d have to go with my good old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook! It’s my go to for any basic recipes and new ones too! It’s like having my grandma in my cupboard! 🙂

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  14. I’m going thru a “100 Best Soup Recipes” cookbook right now. Soup seems only natural with the weather we’re having these days 🙂

  15. Happy blog-anniversary and wishing you many more years of blogging.
    Your chocolate heart of darkness cake look awesome….perhaps the best I have ever laid my eyes on….!! I am going to make these for my chocoholic daughter 🙂

  16. I love my mother’s Betty Crocker Cakes & Pastries cookbook–I have admired the pictures since childhood, and feel very nostalgic when I see this book.

  17. My sister in law had made my husband and I a cook book with all my Mother in Law’s best recipes. We use this book so often.

  18. I am biased! My daughter has a cookbook out and I use it quite a lot Vegan Comfort Foods From Around the World by Veronica Grace ( Great healthy food that is still tasty!

  19. That’s a tough question. I love cookbooks! I love all of the Moosewood Cookbooks but the one I probably pull out more than any other is the Southern Living Cookbook.

  20. My favorite is Beard on Food by James Beard. It is more than a cookbook, but more of a food journal with recipes.

  21. My favorite cookbook is “Calling All Cooks.” It belonged to my aunt and I still have little pieces of paper sticking out of some of the pages she had marked. There is a note saying that it was given to her by her sister in 1983!!

  22. My favorite cookbook is the one my Dad & Mom wrote for me with all of our family favorites for a wedding gift!

  23. Oh my gosh Christin – what an AWESOME milestone!!! And how perfect it is that it’s on Valentine’s Day!!! I think that makes it extra special, don’t you? I have to tell you – I have always loved these cakes with their chewy/crunchy outside and decadent chocolate, molten center. I think they are the PERFECT Valentine and ANNIVERSARY post! Well done! Pinned! Congrats on your anniversary! I’m so glad I found you and have you as a blogger friend!

  24. My favorite cookbook is my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook with the red and white cover. It is a three ring binder style so I can easily remove the page I need for easy reference. All the pages are the heavy stock and shiny so they can actually be wiped off. It is the perfect cookbook!

  25. Happy Anniversary, Christin! I am so glad that I found your blog because you have so many fabulous recipes. Thanks so much for the giveaway, I love Sur La Table! And this Chocolate Heart of Darkness cake sounds pretty amazing! My favorite cookbook is The Flavor Bible, which is really a reference book rather than a cookbook, but I love it!

  26. Happy Valentine’s day and happy blogiversary, darling! These lovely little cakes look likt the msot perfect way to celebrate it all. They look delicious, and that truffle filling sounds out-of-this-world good!
    Have a wonderful weekend! <3

  27. I love every Pioneer Woman cookbook I have. Ree’s recipes are so approachable and undaunting. And so many helpful pictures!

  28. What is my favorite cook book? I have a cook book called “joy of cooking” that my mother gave to me when I first got married (lets just say, a long time ago lol). And I have used that book so many times, some of the pages have gotten torn and a couple even lost.

  29. Oh wow, Pure Goodness Christin!! 🙂 Those look delicious, all I can think about now is lava cakes! I could eat a couple of these right now. I am gonna try making these!

    I am currently reading The New Pâtissiers. I have a lot of cookbooks and subscribe to a lot of cooking magazines but I really don’t have a favorite.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

  30. My very favorite is a homemade cookbook of family recipes. My current favorite published cookbook is the Barefoot Contessa Cookbook but I love so many of them!

  31. Happy anniversary to your blog! These cakes look so scrumptious, and Sur la Table is probably my favorite store. My wish list is a mile long! Have a great weekend, Christin!

  32. Happy 1 year anniversary Christin! So glad to have found your blog with so many wonderful recipes. I love almond desserts and your Almond Cake looks incredible and so do these mini chocolate molten cakes! These are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Hope you have a great weekend Christin and wishing all good things for you and your family this year 🙂

  33. Happy 1 year anniversary!! I wanted to shout: “me, me, me!!” when you asked for almond lovers. My favorite sweets just might be this type of chocolate molten cake and then something almond-y (maybe just in reverse order vs. your preference). : ) These little cakes are screaming my name and I’m thrilled just to see that oozing center! Thank you!
    And what a terrific giveaway. I LOVE sur la table so much! Have a great V-Day!

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