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15 decadent desserts to savor on World Chocolate Day

Celebrate one of the year's sweetest days with these recipes for rich, creamy and chocolaty desserts.
Some of our favorite chocolate cakes stay moist because of secret ingredients like avocado, coffee — and even mayo!
Some of our favorite chocolate cakes stay moist because of secret ingredients like avocado, coffee — and even mayo! Michelle Arnold / Getty Images/EyeEm
/ Source: TODAY

Whether you're craving something decadent or making plans for dinner, World Chocolate Day is the perfect time to indulge in something extra sweet.

What better way to treat your loved ones or yourself than by putting that energy into a delicious chocolate dessert?

Here are 15 rich, chocolaty cakes, truffles, cookies and more. Choose one or make all 15 — you are hereby granted permission to indulge.

Deep Chocolate Truffle Lava Mug Cakes

Chocolate truffles tucked into the batter create the lava centers of these ultra decadent molten chocolate cakes. The best part is that they can be made in a microwave in only 10 minutes!

Chocolate Pots de Crème

Chocolate Pots de Crème

Chocolate Pots de Crème

Elizabeth Heiskell

Here's one of the quickest and tastiest ways to indulge today. This decadent, delicious dessert only requires three ingredients and takes mere minutes to make.

Easy Flourless Chocolate Cakes

Easy Flourless Chocolate Cakes

Only six ingredients are needed to make these rich mini-flourless chocolate cakes. They're great to serve at a dinner party and are also gluten-free.

Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake with Ganache

This is not your typical chocolate dessert. Deep and decadent, this confection is incredibly moist. The warm ganache really puts it over the top and will send you into a chocolate-induced oblivion.

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

Craig Strong

It may be World Chocolate Day, but coffee is the secret ingredient for making this cake super moist and flavorful. Don't worry — there's plenty of chocolate, too.

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Fudgy and rich, you'd never know there was mayonnaise in this easy, one-bowl chocolate cake. Don't tell your family and see if they can guess the secret ingredient!

Queen Elizabeth II's Favorite Cake: Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Queen Elizabeth II's Favorite Cake: Chocolate Biscuit Cake

If it's good enough for a queen, then it's good enough for everyone else, right?

"This cake is probably the only one that is sent into the royal dining room again and again until it has all gone," chef Darren McGrady, former personal chef to Queen Elizabeth II, told TODAY Food.

Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

 Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Elizabeth Heiskell

This dessert may look like it took a lot of work to make but it's made with instant pudding and a box cake mix. It's so impressive that no one will suspect that it wasn't made entirely from scratch.

Slow Cooker Fudge

Slow Cooker Fudge

Slow Cooker Fudge

Elizabeth Heiskell

Making fudge is way easier than it seems, especially when the slow cooker does most of the the work. Simply toss in chocolate chips, heavy whipping cream, honey and vanilla extract. The hardest part is resisting the urge to dig in before it's finished cooling.

3-Ingredient Crispy Chocolate Drops

Chocolatiers are always looking for the next big ingredient for their creations. The secret ingredient here is toasted panko breadcrumbs. The texture of the breadcrumbs is light and crispy, and when toasted, it lends a lovely crunch and almost nutty flavor to these super-simple chocolate drops.

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

Gesine Bullock-Prado

Why spend money on a box of divine chocolate truffles when you can make a batch at home? With just a handful of high-quality ingredients, you can make a batch to give as gifts or serve for dessert.

Devil's Food Cake Heart with Chocolate Mascarpone Cream

What's better than a heart-shaped cake? That's easy: A heart-shaped cake that's topped with mascarpone cream and caramel sauce!

Avocado Brownie Bites

Avocado brownie bites

Avocado brownie bites

Kristin Kirkpatrick

Yes, these are made with avocados. The surprising ingredient deepens the chocolate flavor and adds an amazing creaminess. Eating just one of these brownie bites is super satisfying because they're so rich and fudgy.

Double Chocolate Layer Cake

The reason this cake is so perfect is because all of the elements balance each other well. The moist chocolate cake is only lightly sweet so it is acts as a delicious foil to the much sweeter (and richer) creamy ganache. If you're looking for chocolaty goodness, this recipe is it!

Christina Tosi's Valentine's Day Layer Cake

Christina Tosi's Valentine's Day Layer Cake

Don't wait until Valentine's Day to whip up something special. This impressive layer cake takes a little time to make, but it's sure to impress. It's also a great centerpiece for any summer party.

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