It’s the weekend before Valentine’s Day so some of you may be celebrating a little early. You want to make something special, memorable, and delicious for the special people in your life. Need some ideas? I’ve put together a collection of 10 awesome Valentine desserts for you to consider. Pinterest to the rescue again, but I’ve included a couple of my own favorite sweet treats, too.
First, I know that you’ve been enjoying this week’s Romantic Tablescape Blog Hop, checking out the Valentine inspiration from 24 bloggers. I loved sharing my version ~ a romantic brunch for 2, complete with my step~by~step, behind the scenes creation as well as my menu. On my newsletter (out on Saturday morning), I’m sharing the Dried Cherry White Chocolate Bread Pudding. It’s delicious so be sure to sign up to receive it and the Blood Orange Mimosa recipe in your inbox. There’s also 30+ other delicious printable recipes for you.)
So let’s get started with my picks for 10 awesome Valentine desserts. Obviously, there are thousands of choices but I tried to narrow down my selections by making a list that had to have certain criteria. I picked sweet treats that
- sounded delicious
- looked so pretty
- had available ingredients
- were easy to make
10 Awesome Valentine Desserts for Your Sweetheart
I’m a cupcake lover so first on my list are these precious cupcakes from The Partiologist. Isn’t that the cutest garnish on top? Kim shows you how to make it. In fact, for this impressive cupcake you could use a box recipe, homemade or even buy plain vanilla cupcakes with white icing if you really want an easy dessert. We won’t tell. Just make the garnish and everyone will think you are a baking genius. And what about that cake stand with the red polka~dot ribbon? I’m guessing that the ribbon can be changed out depending on the occasion. I want one of those!
Here’s another really sweet cupcake from Bird’s Party. Again, it’s all about the garnish. This is a chocolate cupcake (homemade, box mix, or store~bought.) What makes it special is the mascarpone frosting and the DIY heart decoration. Baked in a cute paper cup makes it extra special. She has a video too!
If pink is more your Valentine color of choice (I love anything pink.), then this Strawberry Milkshake Cupcake may be more to your liking. This is the one I’d make for a little girl’s tea party. Christy at The Girl who Ate Everything shares the complete recipe with some special strawberry ingredients. The cute paper straw adds to the milkshake theme of the cupcake. Too cute for words!
O.K. just one more cupcake, but this one is a bit different with a brownie base and red velvet frosting. Every year I make Sweet Shark a Red Velvet Cake and I know he would love this little morsel of goodness. Sugar, Spice and Family Life shares the complete from scratch recipe. It’s a winner cuz who doesn’t love brownies and frosting?
I love mini~desserts ~ little bite size morsels to pop in your mouth. They are perfect for parties for passing or for when you want to have 2 or 3 different sweets for guests. I’m including 2 of my favorite Valentine mini~desserts that I’ve shared at Bluesky at Home. One is a Chocolate Bourbon Ball ~ you have to have chocolate in the list for Valentine’s Day ~ and the other is a Chocolate Mousse Tart using store~bought tart shells. The raspberry garnish makes it healthy, right? Both are delicious and easy. I’m counting them as 1 pick.
Cookies are great desserts ~ no fork, no plate, no fuss. Just pick one up and pop them in. They are also great for giving as little gifts or favors in cute bags. These Strawberry Kiss Cookies would be perfect as gifts or to take to a party. Saving You Dinero certainly scored big with this one ~ a lot of pretty pink for a super easy dessert.
These heart~shaped beauties had me at hello. 1, because I adore macarons; 2, because they are pink and 3, because they are in the shape of a Valentine. I will have to admit that macarons are not the easiest thing to make from scratch ~ they take time and patience, but biting into the crispy outside and feeling the almost melt~in~your~mouth softness on the inside is cookie heaven. I printed off the template that Olivia from Liv for Cake linked to, so I may be trying to make these. If you don’t want to attempt to make them, at least you have the picture to swoon over.
I know, I know, another macaron cookie, but this Chocolate Cherry Macaron may be a little easier to pull off. I love the idea of the cherry and chocolate filling that Deborah from Taste and Tell made. She gives a very detailed explanation of the macaron procedure in her recipe, which I printed off. Again, patience will reward you with a picture perfect Valentine treat.
You might remember these pretty little Valentine Cookies I shared a week ago.
Cake is the most luscious and impressive of desserts. Another selection from Olivia at Liv for Cake made it to the top of my 10 awesome Valentine desserts list. This cake may not be specifically for Valentine’s , but I think it would be just the perfect cake to serve for a girlfriend Valentine party. Pink Champagne Cake combines 2 of my favorite things ~ or is it 3? Pink, Champagne, and Cake.
I wasn’t sure whether to put this Valentine dessert under mini or cake, but opted for cake. Red Velvet Cake is Sweet Shark’s favorite and I love the presentation of this version from Sprinkle Bakes. The smaller size keeps you from going back for seconds ~ or maybe not. The recipe is traditional, but the presentation is really modern and sweet.
Was that 10 awesome Valentine desserts? Actually 12, if you count every one I shared. That went by fast. Even though all of them are on my Pinterest Sweet Stuff board, I printed them all, put them in a file folder labeled Valentine recipes to have ready for baking. The first question is which one to make for Valentine’s Day this year. Which one would you make first? Leave me your choice in the comments.
Before you start baking, be sure to visit today’s contributors to our Romantic Tablescape Blog Hop. The ideas are endless and the stories behind some of the tablescape items are so heartfelt. It’s been a great week of sharing the love behind the tablescape creations. If you are celebrating Valentine’s this weekend with one special person or several, have a wonderful time.
Don’t forget to sign up for my Saturday newsletter (on the side bar or in the middle of this page) for the Dried Cherry White Chocolate Bread Pudding and the Blood Orange Mimosas. They’re my Valentine’s treat for you.
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