Valentine’s Day Chocolate Dessert For Two – Vegan!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and whether you celebrate it or simply want an excuse to indulge in some chocolate, strawberry goodness, this vegan chocolate dessert is just the treat for you!

This chocolate dessert is filled with freshly chopped strawberries, a layer of chocolate sponge cake, and some whipped coffee infused chocolate ganache. Then, if that isn’t already enough, I decorated the dishes with halved strawberries, coffee beans, and my addictive chocolate bliss balls.

Not only does this chocolate packed treat perfectly fall into the category of Valentine’s Day desserts, (chocolate, cream, and strawberries) it’s also a quick fix for those lazy weekends, bad days, or deep chocolate cravings… It’s the answer to so many problems!

So, cuddle up with your loved one, and indulge in these individual bowls filled with nothing but pure chocolate goodness, and a few strawberries!

valentine's day chocolate dessert

What You’ll Need

Makes 2 Individual Valentine’s Day Chocolate dessert dishes

For The Chocolate Ganache

  • 150 gr (3/4 Cup) of Coconut Milk
  • 100 gr (3/4 Cup) of Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Instant Coffee

For The Chocolate Cake 

  • 40 gr of Soy Milk
  • 40 gr of Maple Syrup
  • 10 gr of Coconut Sugar
  • 13 gr of Almond Butter
  • 13 gr of Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 48 gr of Gluten Free Flour
  • 3 gr of Cocoa Powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Gluten Free Baking Powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

Decorate With:


1.Preheat the oven to 320 degrees F (160 C).

2. First prepare the chocolate ganache. Place the chocolate into a heat proof bowl and set aside.

3. Place the coconut milk and instant coffee into a small pot and almost bring to a boil.

4. Pour the coconut milk into the chocolate bowl and let it rest for a minute before stirring.

5. Finally, mix until smooth, and transfer to the fridge to chill.

6. Next, prepare 1/2 the amount of the chocolate bliss balls recipe and transfer to the fridge to chill. I only used a 1/4 of this recipe, decorated as needed, and ate the rest. 🙂

For the Chocolate Cake

1. Place the wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry ingredients in another bowl. Whisk each bowl separately until combined, then add the dry ingredients in with the wet and whisk until smooth.

2. Next, pour the mixture into a lightly greased 5 inch (12 cm) round cake tin and pop into the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out almost clean. Remember, each oven is different so keep an eye out.

3. When ready, take your cake out of the oven to completely cool before you proceed.

To Assemble The Individual Chocolate Dishes 

1.Wash and dry the strawberries, reserve 2 strawberries, and cut the rest into long thin strips, removing and discarding the top green portion.

2. Evenly divide the sliced strawberries into 2 dishes. Horizontally cut the cake in half and place on top of the strawberries.

3. Once the ganache has completely cooled down, take it out of the fridge and briefly whip it with a whisk or electric hand-held blender, to fluff it out. Make sure not to over mix, but if you do it’s not the end of the world.

4. Finally, evenly pipe or scoop the ganache onto each chocolate cake sponge, decorate with the remaining strawberries, my chocolate bliss balls, some optional coffee beans, and dig in!

valentine's day chocolate dessert

Next time try my No Bake Pecan Bars.

no bake pecan bars

Much love from Elinor, Let’s Brighten Up xx

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12 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Chocolate Dessert For Two – Vegan!

  1. Question…
    Can I sub equal parts of agave syrup for the maple syrup in the cake recipe?
    And if we aren’t gluten free per say…I have gf flour but not baking powder — can I use “regular ‘ol” baking powder? Same amount as listed?

    1. Hi Kristen,
      I haven’t tried it with agave syrup, but don’t see why it wouldn’t work.
      As for the baking powder, you can use regular baking powder.
      You can use regular flour or my gluten free flour blend. I have baked this cake many times with spelt flour.
      Good luck and enjoy 🙂

  2. This looks amazing, thanks for making it gluten free! Strawberries just came into season too. I really want to try it, just got to get my hands on a digital scale.

    1. You’re very welcome Tui, enjoy! 🙂 And congrats on the digital scale. You’re going to have loads of fun with it 🙂

  3. Hi Elinor,

    I loved this recipe so much that I featured it on my best of post, 37 Healthy Valentine’s Day Recipes: Indulge Without The Bulge.
    I have used one image and a small quote from this page, and have given full credit to you and linked back to this page.
    I would love it if you came and checked it out.

    Have a fantastic day!
    Katherine from

    1. Hi Katherine,
      I’m really happy to hear that. I just checked out your post, so many delicious recipes to try. 🙂
      Thanks for linking back to my page.
      Have a lovely day!

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