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Chocolate Coeur a la Creme

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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!

No baking needed to create this exquisite Heart with Cream, but it does require an overnight draining in the refrigerator, so plan accordingly.

Chocolate Coeur a la Creme on a white plate over raspberry sauce

Chocolate 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.

I’m sure you’re not surprised that I tested out my new mold with a dreamy chocolate version! Heart-shaped desserts are an incredible way to end your Valentine’s Day dinner. But don’t wait until the holiday to give this dreamy dessert a try as it will get rave reviews any day of the year! These sandwich cookies are also a holiday family favorite.

Chocolate Coeur a la Creme mold on a red and white napkin

Heart with Cream

Coeur á la Crème is French for “Heart with Cream,” and I can think of nothing more apropos than this Chocolate Coeur a la Creme 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.  Especially since I adore chocolate with raspberries!

What If I Don’t Have a Mold?

Don’t worry if you don’t have the ceramic Coeur á la Crème mold. I have an easy substitute. Line your colander with cheesecloth and you’re set. Even a metal sieve will work. Your dessert will not be heart-shaped, but it will be delicious!!

Just make sure to put your colander (or sieve) over a bowl in the refrigerator as it drains overnight. This will prevent a mess in your fridge!

Chocolate Coeur a la Creme on a white serving plate garnished with raspberries and mint

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???

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Chocolate Coeur a la Creme | This creamy heart-shaped dessert is the epitome of Valentine's Day sweets!

The Recipe: Chocolate Coeur a la Creme

A creamy, chocolate heart shaped dessert that's perfect for your Valentine.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 6 servings


  • 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 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 1/2 cup whipping cream and butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat till butter melts. Whisk in cocoa powder till smooth 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 1/2 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.


Total time does not include draining time.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 375Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 132mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 3g


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42 comments on “Chocolate Coeur a la Creme”

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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?

  4. Look absolutely georgeous Lizzy!! xoxox

  5. 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?

  6. 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?

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

  8. 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!

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

  10. 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:@)

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