Valentine's Day is a great excuse to try something new in the kitchen, so why not try one of these romantic cake ideas...
Valentine’s Day comes round just once a year so it’s the perfect excuse to show your loved ones how much you care – and what better way than a handmade Valentine’s cake?
Treat your husband/wife, girlfriend/boyfriend or any of your loved ones to a delicious cake with one of our easy recipes. We have lots of different ideas for you, including rich red velvet sponges, romantic Valentine’s cake decorations and aphrodisiac flavour combinations that are sure to spice up your evening!
Chocolate is the most obvious addition for a romantic bake as the rich flavours are as part of Valentine’s Day as cards and flowers. Speaking of flowers, have you ever thought of topping cupcakes with piped red roses? They’ll make a lovely food gift for that sweet-tooth loved one.
Strawberries, toffee and white chocolate are just some of the luxurious ingredients we’ve used in our Valentine’s Day cakes and it?s not just the big bakes either – cupcakes, whoopie pies and fairy cakes make the perfect bite-sized treat after a heavy romantic meal.
Save all your favourite recipes to your very one online recipe book and tell us below what cake flavours you find most romantic and why. Happy Valentine?s Day!
First on the list are these amazing rose cupcakes. Why send a bunch of flowers when you can make these gorgeous red rose cupcakes? A batch of rich dark sponges topped with deep-red iced flowers will make a lovely Valentine’s treat.
Get the recipe: Red rose cupcakes
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Delicate and pretty, this fruity cake is also packed full of powerful flowers. The light sponge would make the perfect dessert after a rich romantic dinner.
Get the recipe: Stacie Stewart’s raspberry, rose and vanilla cake
If you want to impress your loved ones, try out our chocolate button cupcakes – they are sure to get hearts fluttering.
Get the recipe: Chocolate button cupcakes
This squidgy cake lends itself perfectly to a romantic dessert course. Serve warm with a big dollop of cream.
Get the recipe: Chocolate and pear cake
Rose and pistachio cupcakes are a wonderfully romantic choice with a fragrantic hint of rosewater and a sprinkling of pistachios.
Get the recipe: Rose and pistachio cupcakes
Learn how to make red velvet cakewith this classic red velvet cake recipe from Rachel Allen.
Get the recipe: Red velvet cake
Strawberry cupcakes are a slightly decadent treat in frosty February, perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Get the recipe: Strawberry cupcakes
Fancy a bite-sized piece of decadence? Well try our Black Forest cupcakes, they will make the perfect richly romantic treat.
Get the recipe: Black Forest cupcakes
If you are a chocaholic, these chocolate dipped cupcakes will be right up your street and a well-deserved Valentine’s treat.
Get the recipe: Chocolate dipped cupcakes
Beetroot and vanilla cupcakeswill make an unusual and quite delicious twist, and the rose buttercream is sublime.
Get the recipe: Beetroot and vanilla cupcakes
Want to make a big impression? This triple-layer rose and raspberry cake should do the trick.
Get the recipe: Rose and raspberry cake
Top your cupcakes with gingham and chocolate hearts to give them a really romantic feel with our recipe for Valentine’s cupcakes.
Get the recipe: Valentine’s cupcakes.
A splash of cranberries gives this snow cake a real Valentine’s twist. Top with curls of white chocolate for an extra-special finish.
Get the recipe: Snow cake
These fruity little bites are the perfect romantic treat for a special lunchbox on Valentine’s Day – you could even give a few to the kids to brighten their day.
Get the recipe: Strawberry kisses cupcakes
Add a spicy kick to your Valentine’s Day by making these fiery chocolate and chilli cupcakes.
Get the recipe: Chocolate and chilli cupcakes
Layer soft chocolate sponges with white chocolate cream and raspberries to make this double chocolate and raspberry cake for a sumptuous after-dinner treat.
Get the recipe: Double chocolate and raspberry cake
Light and fluffy, this cloud cake doesn’t take any baking so you can make it in the morning and enjoy a stress-free dessert.
Get the recipe: Strawberry cloud cake
The rich, deep flavours of the beetroot and chocolate cake will be the perfect way to finish off your Valentine’s day.
Get the recipe: Beetroot and chocolate cake
A bunch of cupcake flowers will really put a smile on your loved one’s face. See how to assemble your cakes to look like a bouquet with our easy recipe.
Get the recipe: Cupcake bouquet
What better excuse to celebrate than Valentine’s day? This extravagant chocolate cake takes a bit of effort – but he’s worth it, right?
Bake a romantic surprise in your cakes with this clever technique. It’s not as hard as you might think – see how it’s done with our easy recipe.
Get the recipe: Hidden heart cupcakes
Nothing is quite as impressive as a giant cupcake – learn how to make one without the tin with this recipe from baking expert Fiona Cairns.
Why send flowers when you can make edible ones! These cute cupcakes from goodtoknow user Libbie are sure to brighten anyone’s day.
These cute millionaire’s shortbreads from telly star Kirstie Allsopp make a great romantic gift. Kirstie shows you how to make them in our step-by-step video recipe.
This deliciously rich chocolate cake is made without flour so the results are super-soft and decadent – perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Get the recipe: Flourless fudge cake
If you or your other half are watching what you eat, this diet spin on a cake will be the perfect choice for a romantic treat.
Get the recipe: Weight Watchers white chocolate cake
A gorgeous blend of cake and dessert, this classic bake will make a luxurious treat for a homemade Valentine’s dinner.
Get the recipe: Black Forest gateau
It’s in the name! This chocolate passion cake is sure to impress.
Why not try something a little different this Valentine’s Day? These Red
velvet whoopie pies are made with moreish chocolate sponge, tinted with
red food colouring.
One to make with the kids! Get the whole family involved in making this
hearty Smartie chocolate cake to show him how much you all care.
Get the recipe: Hearty Smartie chocolate cake
Ready in just 30 minutes, these gorgeous little fondant cakes could not be easier. Serve in regular ramekins or oven-safe pots if you don’t have heart-shaped ones.
These tasty cupcakes are a wiing combination of pud and cake – making them the perfect grown-up treat.
Make a simple cake romantic by shaping it into a heart and decorating it with pink icing. Just follow this recipe from baking expert Fiona Cairns.
This sophisticated chocolate and orange truffle cake from TV chef Gizzi Erskine will be a great finish to a special meal.
This amazing cake is topped with creamy vanilla and white chocolate buttercream – the perfect sweet treat.
Make these French style romantic chocolate hearts for a decadent morsel of loveliness, which will melt any heart!
Get the recipe: Romantic chocolate hearts
Our romantic cupcakes, with a sweet candy cane topping, make the perfect Valentine’s gift.
They’re in the shops now so you needn’t wait until Easter to try these tasty Creme Egg chocolate hearts – if your man has a sweet tooth he won’t be able to resist.
Out to impress? This triple-tested brandy snap layer cake from Essentials magazine should do the trick.
Prepare baking guru Mary Berry’s indulgent roulade the day before and simply bake for 20 mins on the day. Tasty and easy!