Chocolate Coeur a la Creme
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
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.
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!
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
A creamy, chocolate heart shaped dessert that's perfect for your Valentine.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- To serve, remove cheesecloth. Garnish with raspberry sauce and fresh berries if desired.
Total time does not include draining time.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 375Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 132mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 3g
42 Comments on “Chocolate Coeur a la Creme”
Not only is this perfect for Valentine’s Day, but it totally satisfies that chocolate fix we all get sometimes! So heavenly!!
This is really a gorgeous dessert! Everyone at my house will surely be impressed!
This is a perfect dessert, just right for any special occasion! I love the sweet. rich, and creamy flavors. So delish!
Yum! This looks so delicious! My husband loved this recipe! I can’t wait to make this again soon!
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
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.
I have neeeever seen anything like this! It looks so luscious!
One of the most underrated desserts in my opinion! Love coeur a la creme…yours looks wonderful.
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!
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!
This sounds amazing! I’ve never had coeur la creme before. I need to fix that and fast!
This is going on my must make list! So pretty and I can never pass on chocolate with wine!
This is a recipe that has always intrigued me. And yours, of course, looks like perfection!
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.
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.
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.
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!
A beautiful mold! Now I want to go out and buy one!
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!
What a beautiful Valentine’s Day inspired dessert. This little chocolate coeur la creme is perfect!