Nothing shows you care for someone like homemade goodies, so why not try some Valentines baking this year? When you bake you are putting your heart and soul into something and giving that to somebody to cherish and enjoy. Sounds cheesy but that's why you always see the Great British Bake Off contestants crying on camera - it's an emotional thing to bake for someone and have them critique it!
Valentines Day was always my favourite day of the year when I had the bakery. Back when I used to do the deliveries myself, I absolutely loved knocking on peoples doors and seeing their faces light up when they realised someone had thought of them and sent them sweet treats! I felt like cupid! And it's even more special if you have made them yourself!
If you're looking for inspiration for sweets to bake your sweetheart this Valentines Day, I got you covered! Here are my top 6 all-time favourite Valentines baking recipes, tried and tested over the years!
Top 6 Valentines Baking Recipes
Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes
Nothing says 'Valentines' to me like a warm, melty, chocolate lava cake! Even if you have to have a quarantine style Valentines date this year, that doesn't mean you have to miss out on a fancy, restaurant style dessert! These are surprisingly easy to make and the most intensely chocolatey dessert imaginable. Plus chocolate is an aphrodisiac...
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Red is the colour of love! It's hard to imagine Valentines Day without seeing red velvet cupcakes everywhere! These cupcakes are perfect to go with some cute heart decorations or even with some red roses. Plus, I mean, who can resist cream cheese frosting?
I'm not kidding when I say this is every man's favourite dessert. Don't ask me why, but I've yet to meet a man who hasn't been rendered weak at the knees by this banoffee pie recipe. Seriously, try it! If I'm wrong I will personally bake you another pie!
Easy Sugar Cookies
This sugar cookie recipe is great because it holds its shape really well throughout the baking process, so you can make any kind of shapes you like, hearts, lips, frog princes - whatever floats your boat! I made hearts and decorated with royal icing. It's also a really fun Valentines activity for you and your partner, or even the kids, to do together. Get all kinds of fun colours, toppings and sprinkles and just go mad.
For a more sophisticated romance, try this creme brulee recipe. It's classy and incredibly delicious. Great Valentines baking to have after a home-cooked meal as you can make it in advance and then do the brûlée right before you're ready to serve.
Chocolate and Strawberry Cupcakes
There's no more romantic match than chocolate and strawberries! Chocolate dipped strawberries seem to intimidate a lot of people but they are one of the easiest things to make, and they are the perfect finishing touch to these chocolate and strawberry cupcakes. The chocolate is rich and the strawberry Italian meringue buttercream is just so silky and flavourful - you will not regret making these! For tips on how to temper chocolate really easily at home, check out my video.
Are you going to try some Valentines Baking?
I hope this has encouraged you too get baking this Valentines Day. Whether you do it as a fun activity together, or surprise your loved one with these delicious treats, I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful, love-filled Valentines Day!
If you do try one of these recipes, be sure to let me know and show me your awesome creations @bonni_bakery!