I think one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give your loved one (apart from a puppy) is a homemade present. Specifically, dessert.
I’ve rounded up my 5 favourite love-themed desserts to prepare you for the rapidly approaching Valentines Day. Even if you think it’s just a marketer’s shallow attempt to sell more greeting cards, who doesn’t love an excuse to eat chocolate and strawberries?
These intensely dark chocolate cupcakes are paired with the classically romantic flavour combination of strawberries, which provides a nice sweet/tart balance to the cupcakes. You’ll definitely be in the good books if you make your partner these.
If you don’t get roses, you can at least incorporate the flavour into your cupcakes. I love this Middle Eastern flavour combination of rosewater and pistachio, and the icing on the cake (so to speak) is the little rosewater-flavoured heart hidden inside each cupcake. Cute!
When I think of Valentines Day, I think of Lindt balls. It’s basically the “sorry I forgot to buy you something thoughtful” gift, but fortunately they taste great. So I took a delicious red velvet cupcake, added white chocolate icing and then stuffed a Lindt ball inside each cupcake. Heaven!
Dipping strawberries into chocolate sauce has long been promoted as the height of romance, but those store-bought chocolate dips are pretty terrible. This homemade version uses real dark chocolate and condensed milk as the base and is flavoured with peanut butter for extra romance.
Last, but certainly not least, is perhaps a cake that you wouldn’t initially associate with romancing your bae. But if you both appreciate a bit of tongue-in-cheek behaviour or are Valentines Day cynics, then this bleeding heart cake is for you. Layers of red velvet cake and cream cheese icing are adorned with a morbid amount of raspberry blood and a knife pierced through the middle. That’s true love!
How will you be celebrating Valentines Day this year?