Heart Shaped Chocolate Cake

These little heart shaped chocolate cakes are perfect to make for Valentine's Day to celebrate! They are a cross between a chocolate torte and a chocolate molten cake but in a mini version, I know you'll love it!

heart shaped chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream on a plate with another plate in the background

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I know these look like chocolate brownies that are heart shapes. But they are more than that! From Ina Garten's Modern Comfort Food cookbook, this is her bittersweet chocolate cake recipe but I modified it so it would fit using this heart shaped silicone baking pan!

This mini heart shape chocolate cake is soooo good! It's like a fudgy chocolate cake and I love that there's instant espresso powder in it…it balances out the chocolate and the sweetness. Which means, it's not too rich and you can eat more than one!

If you want to, that is!

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heart shaped chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream on a plate with spoons another plate in the background

Are Heart Shaped Chocolate Cakes easy to make?

Making a heart shaped chocolate cake is super easy to make! You just need seven ingredients and a good heart shaped silicone baking pan. I outline the steps on how to make this chocolate cake below!

What kind of pan should I use to make a heart shape chocolate cake?

I used this one to make little mini heart shaped chocolate cakes! It's really easy to use!

Heart Shaped Chocolate Cake Ingredients

To make heart shaped chocolate cakes, you only need 7 ingredients. The last two ingredients are optional!

  • unsalted butter
  • bittersweet chocolate
  • granulated sugar
  • eggs
  • instant espresso powder
  • salt
  • unbleached all-purpose flour
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)
  • Sprinkles (optional)

How to Make Heart Shape Chocolate Cake

baking pan and sugar

Huge thanks again to OXO and Dixie Crystals for being matching donor sponsors and sending me goodies to make this recipe!

heart shaped baking pan on baking sheet

Spray your silicone baking pan with baking spray. I'm baking mine on this on my OXO baking sheet and mat!

glass bowl on top of a pot

Place a large heatproof glass bowl over a simmering pot of water.

chocolate bars and butter in a bowl on top of a pot

Add butter and chocolate to the bowl.

melted chocolate in a bowl

Stir the chocolate, until it melts. Remove the bowl and set aside.

melted chocolate in a mixing bowl with sugar in the background

In a medium sized mixing bowl, add sugar to it. Pour in the melted chocolate mixture.

whisk in a bowl with chocolate

Whisk sugar into the chocolate.

beaten eggs in a mixing bowl with melted chocolate and a whisk

Whisk sugar into the chocolate.

salt, espresso powder and a whisk on top of melted chocolate in a mixing bowl

Add the espresso powder and salt and whisk until the batter is smooth.

flour on top of a chocolate mixture in a mixing bowl

Add the flour.

chocolate cake batter in a mixing bowl with a pink rubber spatula

Fold in with a rubber spatula.

chocolate cake batter in a heart shaped silicone baking pan

Pour the batter evenly into each heart in the baking pan. (I used a cookie scoop!)

Place on a baking sheet with an OXO baking mat or covered in foil.

heart shaped baking pan on a cooling rack

Bake for 18 to 22 minutes. Place baking pan on a cooling rack for 3 to 5 minutes.

cooling rack with parchment paper

Place baking pan on a cooling rack for 3 to 5 minutes.

upside down heart shaped pan on parchment paper

Carefully flip the pan over and pick up the pan, the heart shaped chocolate cakes should come out easily. 

heart shaped chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream on a plate with spoons

Serve the heart shaped chocolate cake warm with vanilla ice cream and sprinkles.

Your family will LOVE these little cakes. My husband called them little brownies. I beg to differ, they are like a little fudgy cake. You can even eat them with your hands if you don't want to eat them with ice cream!

Enjoy your Valentine's Day and be sure to tell your loved ones you love them EVERY DAY!

Be sure to store them in a sealed container once they cool so they stay soft!

Recipe modified from Ina Garten's Modern Comfort Food cookbook.

Recipe

Heart Shaped Chocolate Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup Dixie Crystals granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • Vanilla ice cream, for topping
  • Sprinkles, for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray your heart shaped silicone baking pan with baking spray.
  • Place a large heatproof glass bowl over a simmering pot of water (the water should not tough the bowl). Add butter and chocolate to the bowl. Stir the chocolate, until it melts. Remove the bowl and set aside.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, add sugar to it. Pour in the melted chocolate mixture. Whisk sugar into the chocolate. Then, add eggs and whisk. Add the espresso powder and salt and whisk until the batter is smooth.
  • Add the flour and fold in with a rubber spatula.
  • Pour the batter evenly into each heart in the baking pan. Place on a baking sheet with an OXO baking mat or covered in foil. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes. (The cake shouldn’t wobble or jiggle when it’s done baking.)
  • Place baking pan on a cooling rack for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Place a piece of parchment paper on the cooling rack and put on top of the pan. Carefully flip the pan over and pick up the pan, the heart shaped chocolate cakes should come out easily. 
  • Serve cakes topped with vanilla ice cream and sprinkles.

Notes

I love to serve these little heart shaped chocolate cakes warm. Before storing them in a sealed container, be sure to let them cool completely. You can warm them back up in the microwave for 15 to 30 seconds (but do this in 10 to 15 second increments to make sure they don't burn).

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