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Ultra smooth and creamy, this heart shaped Chocolate Coeur a la Creme is the epitome of a Valentine’s Day dessert! You won’t believe how simple it is to make! A huge thank you to Gallo Family Vineyards for sponsoring this post. See details below.

Chocolate Coeur a la Creme

Coeur a la Creme

After a year long debate with myself, I finally purchased a coeur a la creme mold. My pantries were full of odds and ends of specialty pans and trays, many of which were collecting dust. But the urge to make this lovely dessert did not dissipate, so I took the plunge and bought the heart shaped ceramic dish with drainage holes in the bottom.

Chocolate Coeur a la Creme

Heart with Cream

Coeur á la Crème is French for “Heart with Cream,” and I can think of nothing more apropos for the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day. Defined as a heart-shaped dessert, it’s typically made of cream cheese whipped with cream or sour cream, then placed in a wicker or cheesecloth lined mold to allow any excess liquid to drain. Note the classic, fine, crosshatched markings across the surface from the cheesecloth. More traditionally garnished with strawberries, I think raspberries were also a divine pairing. But so was a glass of chilled Riesling. Gallo Family Vineyard’s Riesling to be exact.

Chocolate Coeur a la Creme

Gallo Family Vineyards’ Latest Varietal

I was thrilled to be in attendance for the unveiling of Gallo’s newest varietal, Riesling, at the Food and Wine Conference in Orlando.  I was a fan from my first sip. Gallo described this wine as vivid and sweet with whispers of honeysuckle, juicy peach and ripe citrus notes. This crisp, citrusy wine cut through the richness of my chocolate coeur a la creme and would pair just as deliciously with creamy pastas and barbequed entrees. Fans of Sauvignon Blanc will love this Riesling. For those who prefer reds, I also sampled a bottle of Gallo’s Sweet Red Wine which works beautifully with desserts as well. With undertones of red fruit, black cherry and raspberry jam, it’s another winner.

Chocolate Coeur a la Creme

How Do You Celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Do you head out for a romantic dinner?  Or do you dine in? After nearly 3 decades of marriage, the hubby and I enjoy a cozy, home cooked meal followed by a chocolate (of course) dessert. This chocolate coeur a la creme, served over a puddle of raspberry sauce, thrilled my Valentine. Don’t you think yours would be just as enamored???

Chocolate Coeur a la Creme
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A creamy, chocolate heart shaped dessert that's perfect for your Valentine.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Serves: 6 servings
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup whipping cream, divided
  • Raspberry sauce or puree and fresh raspberries, to garnish, optional
  1. Line a 2 cup capacity coeur a la creme mold with a double layer of dampened cheesecloth, making sure to have enough overhang to fold back over to cover dessert.
  2. Combine ½ cup whipping cream and butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat till butter melts. Whisk in cocoa powder till smooth (may use hand mixer if needed). Let cool.
  3. Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla in small bowl till smooth. Add cocoa mixture and mix to combine. Add the remaining ½ cup whipping cream and beat until well blended. Spoon mixture into the coeur a la creme mold. Fold cheesecloth over top. Place the mold on a rack with a pan beneath and allow to drain in the refrigerator at least 8 hours.
  4. To serve, remove cheesecloth. Garnish with raspberry sauce and fresh berries if desired.

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Disclosure:Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.


  1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    How pretty, I’ve never seen a mold like that before! I’m not usually a wine drinker, but I have to say I’d like to try the Riesling:@)

  2. You have just given me the nudge to get one of those pans. What a fantastic dessert!

  3. claudia lamascolo says:

    Very nice , I love the ease of this but the elegance of this dessert is impeccable! Gallo is lucky to have you represent them in this fine dessert!

  4. This looks amazing! I should get a coeur a la creme mold too…really cool.

  5. Liz!!! oh my gawd!!! this Chocolate Coeur a la Creme is stunning!!! and is absolutely the epitome of a Valentine’s Day dessert! Wow, love that ceramic heart shaped dish!! where did you get it?

  6. I KNOW my Valentine will be just as enamored with your gorgeous dessert as Bill is with yours! I mean, what other reaction is possible with something this creamy and delicious?

  7. Look absolutely georgeous Lizzy!! xoxox

  8. What a beautiful dessert, Liz! I love that it is heart shaped and that pan is wonderful. Don and I would love this for Valentine’s Day. Do you deliver?

  9. I’ve always admired when Ina Garten makes her vanilla coeur la creme but have never made one myself. I love how you changed it up and went chocolate. Just lovely!

  10. I love your recipe and all I need is a spoon! I know your suppose to share, but I don’t think I could!

  11. Lovely…and you know by this point that I am not a chocolate lover, right? But this does look lovely. I have debated on one of those molds ever since I first saw Ina using one on her show…and I am still debating. I recently saw little ones, probably should have gotten one of those for sure. Fun to hear about your wine adventure! We are good with Valentine’s Day if it falls on a weekend, but often times, during the week it just gets swallowed up somehow. Mark always brings flowers but the dining experience usually only happens on a weekend. I will try to do better on years not like this one where it actually is on a weekend! 🙂 Your photo is lovely. Your Valentine’s Day plans sound really nice.

  12. So impressive Liz. i have never heard of this dish before. Now don’t tempt me to go out and get one.

  13. So glad you broke down and bought that mold. I’ve seen recipes for this, but have never tried it. I didn’t realize it had cream cheese in it – I would LOVE it. I’m curious, what’s your favorite cocoa powder?

  14. This must be the ultimate Valentine’s dessert! I love your pairing with raspberry sauce.

  15. I love the simplicity and beauty of this dessert! I would love to have this on Valentine’s Day!

  16. Looking good Liz! I need to try this one with cocoa powder – mine has actual melted chocolate in it ;0

  17. Beautiful and romantic dessert, Liz.

  18. Money well spent, Liz. Your Chocolate Coeur a la Creme looks divine. Perfect for a romantic interlude…

    And, I’m a Riesling girl from way back. I will definitely be checking the liquor store for Gallo’s Riesling. I can’t wait! (between you and me I may be more excited about the wine than the dessert which may just be a first, lol)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Liz…

  19. Home is where the heart is and if this coeur la creme is dessert on 14 Feb, then where to dine on Valentine’s is a no-brainer! Congratulations on your new acquisition, Liz, Your gourmet pantry is now complete? Tee hee…Aww the joys of being a food blogger. <3

  20. This is definitely the ultimate dessert for Valentine’s Day! So beautiful and delicious!

  21. What a beautiful Valentine’s Day inspired dessert. This little chocolate coeur la creme is perfect!

  22. This Chocolate Coeur a la Creme is stunning, Liz!! I love the heart shaped mold! We usually stay in with a nice dinner on Valentine’s Day too and this would be perfect for dessert!

  23. A beautiful mold! Now I want to go out and buy one!

  24. I kept on looking at your pics and wondering how you got those little dots on there… now I know. This is just purely a brilliant dessert!

  25. What a lovely cake Liz ! It’s extra ! For St Valentine’s, we also stay at home, I prefer make a cozy dinner and go to the restaurant in another day.

  26. Every year in February I see this dessert and I drool, looks just magnificent. And great wine pairing. Single this year so I am hosting a mix your own cocktail girls evening.

  27. Lizzy,
    Wow! Another winner. What an elegant dessert. I try to stay away from buying specialty pans too. They aren’t easy to store and I hardly have enough room for the regular ones.
    For Valentines Day, I like to stay home. Keep it low key and relax. I always felt that eating out on holidays meant you got poor service and marginal food because they’re trying to serve so many people at once.

  28. This is a recipe that has always intrigued me. And yours, of course, looks like perfection!

  29. This is going on my must make list! So pretty and I can never pass on chocolate with wine!

  30. This sounds amazing! I’ve never had coeur la creme before. I need to fix that and fast!

  31. I do the same thing before I buy any new kitchen gadgets. Looks like this purchase was worth it! Gorgeous dessert and perfect with a glass of wine!

  32. I learned so much about coeur la creme from this post! I think it was the one thing they didn’t teach me in culinary school! They taught us most French pastries, but not this one. I had no idea it required a special pan. This is lovely, Liz!

  33. One of the most underrated desserts in my opinion! Love coeur a la creme…yours looks wonderful.

  34. I have neeeever seen anything like this! It looks so luscious!

  35. This is so cool Liz. I have to get one of those pans. Like immediately. I have to say I love the Gallo wine. I am so happy I got to try them at the conference. I wish I had grabbed some to take home. I’ll have to peek to see if they carry it here.

  36. Dear Lizzy, what a beautiful and elegant dessert. I have never tried a coeur la creme before but it sounds like a wonderful treat. xo, Catherine


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