Looking for the perfect sweet treat for your sweet heart
this Valentine’s Day? Look no further than our collection of the best desserts
for Valentine’s Day. Our list includes everything from a quick and easy cheesecake,
to something a little more spicy than sweet, a cupcake recipe or two and so
much more to end your Valentine’s Day evening off on a sweet note.
Not celebrating Valentine’s Day? Did anyone say Galentine’s Day? Invite your besties over for an evening of gal pal fun and serve anything from this list as the ultimate dessert.
One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ― Virginia Woolf Rose and lemon scented no-bake cheesecake stacked with strawberries
A super-simple cheesecake that tastes just like summer. If you wanted to get ahead, the base freezes well in the tin.
Recipe here: Rose and lemon scented no-bake cheesecake stacked with strawberries Gooey chocolate cake served with crème fraîche and pomegranates
A moist, rich cake that oozes lovely dark chocolate as soon as you dig into it.
Recipe here: Gooey chocolate cake served with crème fraîche and pomegranates Raspberry fridge cheesecake bars
So quick, so easy, so good! And they’re healthier too!
Recipe here: Raspberry fridge cheesecake bars Juniper and lime cake with cream cheese icing
Although the quintessential taste of London dry gin (which we all know and love), juniper berries do, however, have a few alternative uses. Of course, particularly useful for adding that “ginny” flavour to any bakes or cocktails and syrups, juniper berries also pair particularly well with meaty dishes. Easily available in a dried form in the spice section of Woolworths, these berries are a great addition to any kitchen cupboard. Juniper berries are used in northern European and Scandinavian cooking to add a sharp, tart flavour to meat dishes, especially wild birds and venison. The berries are also used to season pork, cabbage and sauerkraut. Here, we’ve created a simple gin and lime cake that’s perfect for tea.
Recipe here: Juniper and lime cake with cream cheese icing No-churn stroopwafel chocolate ice cream sandwiches
Kids will love making these Valentine’s no-churn chocolate ice cream stroopwafel sandwiches! The chocolate ice cream is so easy to make, deliciously creamy and may just become your go-to ice-cream recipe.
Recipe here: No-churn chocolate ice cream stroopwafel sandwiches Nougat ice cream cake
Nougat is delicious on its own, but why not make it out-of-this-world yummy with a nougat ice cream cake? Cream, meringue, ice cream, chocolate and nougat are meant to be together.
Recipe here: Nougat ice cream cake Berry choc-chunk ice cream
Berry choc-chunk ice cream is perfect as a Valentine’s treat, but that’s not to say it’s any less delicious on another day. Jam is wonderful swirled into ice cream! Its high sugar content keeps it from freezing solid, so it’s a deliciously chewy ribbon in the frozen custard. You can make this with chocolate chips instead of hand-chopped chunks, but the variation in chunk size is, to our minds, part of the charm.
Recipe here: Berry choc-chunk ice cream Strawberry and salted nuts ice cream
A quick and easy ice cream, perfect for warm summer days.
Recipe here: Strawberry and salted nuts ice cream Warm chocolate brownies with roasted plum sorbet
These warm chocolate brownies with roasted plum sorbet are perfect for the chef who only wants to do half the work (no judgement). Using ready-made brownies takes some of the pressure off, and all you have to do is prep the deliciously sweet, fresh plum sorbet.
Recipe here: Warm chocolate brownies with roasted plum sorbet Caramelised white chocolate truffles with sea salt
These naughty-but-nice, creamy, ganache-like treats are the perfect marriage of caramel and salt, and make for delicious morsels of after-dinner sweetness, instead of an elaborate dessert.
Recipe here: Caramelised white chocolate truffles with sea salt Rose and vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese icing
The combination of rose and vanilla work beautifully together in this decadent treat!
Recipe here: Rose and vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese icing Vanilla, coconut and plum cupcakes
These vanilla, coconut and plum cupcakes are just as delicious as they are pretty. The sweetness of the cake is occasionally punctuated with a sharp tartness of plum, and the two are perfectly harmonised by the creamy decadence of cream cheese icing.
Recipe here: Vanilla, coconut and plum cupcakes Gluten-free chocolate torte
It’s right there in the name.
Recipe here: Gluten-free chocolate torte Crushed baklava with lemon cream and poached apricots
The syrupy, sticky goodness of baklava is impossible to resist. Add in the creaminess and delicious tartness of fruit and you’ve got heaven in a glass: crushed baklava with lemon cream and poached apricots.
Recipe here: Crushed baklava with lemon cream and poached apricots Chilli chocolate and raspberry tart
We’re having a passionate affair with this delectable chilli chocolate and raspberry tart!
Recipe here: Chilli chocolate and raspberry tart Black sesame stuffed pavlova with port poached pears
Pavlova is a beloved classic, but it’s also in need of some jazzing up. Enter the delicious, showstopping black sesame stuffed pavlova with port poached pears. Poached pears are the perfect autumnal dessert. They’re also good when paired with mascarpone cream.
Recipe here: Black sesame stuffed pavlova with port poached pears Crushed meringue with summer berries, vanilla whipped cream, rose-elderflower syrup and pistachio
A modern spin on the classic Eton Mess, every mouthful of this crushed meringue dessert is a pillowy cloud of deliciousness. The flavours have wonderfully romantic elements to them – it’s a beautiful sweet to share with loved ones (or the one you love) this Valentine’s Day.
Recipe here: Crushed meringue with summer berries, vanilla whipped cream, rose-elderflower syrup and pistachio Crème caramel
Crème caramel is one of the sweetest, smoothest, most delicious desserts in the world. Yet a surprisingly large number of cooks don’t know how to make it. That ends now, with this easy and divine recipe.
Recipe here: Crème caramel
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