Nigella Lawson 's Chocolate Raspberry Pavlova: You can’t beat a summer pavlova recipe, especially a crisp-chewy meringue base, with nuggets of chocolate. The meringue provides an enticing layer beneath the cream and crimson raspberries.
Chocolate Guinness Cake NYT Cooking: For me, a chocolate cake is the basic unit of celebration. The chocolate Guinness cake here is simple but deeply pleasurable, and has earned its place as a stand-alone treat.
This version is easier to make: in place of all those whole baby onions, which have to be peeled one by one, you can just chop your onions the usual and considerably less bothersome way. (Photo: Craig Lee for The New York Times)
Coffee Walnut Layer Cake - This is a subtle cake: the coffee tempers the sweetness, and the buttery sweetness keeps it all mellow Even if you don't make cakes, this one is a cinch Don't be alarmed if the two sponge layers look thin when you unmold them