Valentine’s brownies Recipe

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9 slices






25 min


25 min

Chocolate is one of the most romantic foods there is so what better way to show your love than by making a batch of Valentine’s brownies. This recipe takes the classic brownie recipe and decorates it with a swirl of red sponge and easy icing sugar hearts.


  • Brownie mix
  • 2 x 100g bars dark chocolate
  • 100g unsalted butter, very soft
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 4 large free range eggs, beaten to mix
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 60g plain flour
  • 60g cocoa powder
  • Red swirl cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 50g butter
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 50g plain flour
  • Red food colouring
  • To decorate
  • Icing sugar
  • Heart shaped cookie cutters


    1. Heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 and grease and line a baking tray.
    2. To make the brownie mix, break up the dark chocolate and melt in short bursts in the microwave, stirring in between. Leave to cool.
    3. Combine the butter and sugar into the bowl of a food mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs and the vanilla essence.
    4. Stir in the melted chocolate and then sift the flour and cocoa into the mixture and stir until completely combined.
    5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tray and spread evenly.
    6. To make the red cake mixture, mix all the ingredients (aside from the food colouring) together until evenly combined. Add a few drops of food colouring at a time until you get the desired colour.
    7. Drizzle the red cake mixture over the brownie mix, using a fork to swirl the mixture across the surface.
    8. Bake in the heated oven for about 20-25 mins until firm to the touch but still a bit fudgy. Leave to cool.
    9. To decorate with icing sugar hearts, simply place some heart shaped cookie cutters on the brownie surface and lightly sieve icing sugar around them.

    Props from:

    • Hobbycraft
    • Baker and Maker

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