Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and whether you’re celebrating solo, with your lover, or with friends, no V-Day party is complete without a delicious dessert. We’re talking lava cake, chocolate-covered strawberries, French macarons—the whole nine yards!
While we’d be totally content with a simple (but tasty) dessert, some of our favorite bakers have taken their Valentine’s Day treats to a whole new level of cute. These 16 love-themed desserts are, as the kids say, completely “extra”—extra fabulous and extra adorable, that is! They’re guaranteed to make you squeal, and we can't wait to share and celebrate these talents with you.
1. Adorable Animal Macarons
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Bear, bunnies and macarons, oh my! If these little confections don’t make you smile, we don’t know what will.
2. An Eclectic Heart-Shaped Biscuit
Is it a cake? Is it a biscuit? All we know is that this heart-shaped treat is pure perfection with its frosting, fresh flowers, strawberries, macarons, and more.
3. A Pretty in Pink Drip Cake
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4. Valentines for 4-Legged Friends
🐶💕🐕 Do you ruff dogs and get heart-eyes everytime you see them?!I have so many ideas for cute Valentine's Day bakes but not enough time (hopefully I can at least tackle half of them, hehe ☺️) These were inspired by my love for doggos, hope you like them as much as I do ! Also i had to include the adorable frenchie card from my bff @michelleeyoung_fitness in this shot 😍💕
Don’t leave Fluffy out of your Valentine’s Day plans! These heart-shaped cookies pay homage to several cute puppers, and we certainly wouldn’t mind spending Valentine’s Day with one of those sweet dogs.
5. Intricate Gelatin Cakes
If you haven’t seen how these hyper-realistic gelatin cakes are made, go watch the video right away. It’s totally fascinating, and the end result is a beautiful one-of-a-kind cake that will put you in the mood for love.
6. Beautiful Valentine’s Day Bears
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Forget teddy bears. This year, it’s all about the bear macarons! These little fellas just look so happy that we almost might feel bad for eating them…almost.
7. Super Luxe Chocolate Strawberries
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Chocolate-covered strawberries are a quintessential Valentine's Day dessert, and these pink and gold berries are a luxurious twist on the classic. We think they’d go perfectly with a few flutes of Champagne, no?
8. Bear-y Cute Doughnuts
9. Amazingly Artistic Bonbons
These chocolate bonbons could probably be on display in an art museum. The vibrant colors and entrancing patterns are truly next-level.
10. A Better Box of Chocolates
Okay, this Heart Shaped Box of Candy Cakes is one of those “I’m not messing’ around” cakes. It’s a roll up your sleeves, “I got this”, I’m no longer in the amateur ranks kinda cake project. The good news is…we have the step x step tutorial so you can see the ins and outs. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/2jQNq7J
Why settle for a box of chocolates when you can have a cake shaped like a box of chocolates?! If you’re feeling particularly ambitious this Valentine’s Day, Cake Girls has a tutorial on how to make this phenomenal cake. Or you can just appreciate it via Instagram.
11. A Whimsical Care Bear Cake
Pink Carebears Strawberry Chiffon Cake for my dearest daughter's birthday! 💖💖 The Love-a-lot bear reminds me a lot of her =) I truly thank God for her in our lives! Giving you all (reading this) warm bear HUGS too! 💖🌈 #lovingcreations4u #creativechiffon #chiffoncake #sgbakes #sgcakes #bakersofsgp #cake #carebears #cute #carebearcake
There are admittedly a lot of bear-themed treats on this list, but here’s another one that we couldn’t leave out. How amazing is this Care Bear cake? So sweet—literally.
12. Beautifully Simple Rose Cupcakes
I got to spend the evening working on a whimsical birthday cake with a dear friend for her son yesterday. Despite the messy food colouring and the tiny bits of fondant that didn’t want to cooperate, we had a ton of fun! This touched on a theme that I discuss in my new book. In a nutshell - if it doesn’t bring you joy, then skip it! #icingonthecakebook is full of decorative desserts that are equally delicious as they are beautiful. But what is considered “beautiful” might vary from person to person. If you find it ridiculous to spend time braiding pie dough or hate piping on cupcakes, you don’t have to do it. A regular lattice and a slather of frosting will tastes just as good! But if you live for intricate details and find it fun to experiment with sugar and butter, then I am here for you. Although sometimes frustrating at first, piping these buttercream roses brings me so much joy. Bottom line, the fun should outweigh the stress. Okay, that’s enough talk for Saturday morning!! Eat the cupcake and enjoy your weekend!! Oh, and because you always ask, the cupcake liners are from @wiltoncakes and they are wonderful! * * * * * #stylesweetca #abmlifeissweet #dsfloral #f52grams #imsomartha #buttercreamart #buttercreamflowers #thebakefeed
These cupcakes are simple, but they’re done so beautifully that it makes our hearts go pitter-patter. Imagine getting a bouquet of these on February 14? (Psst...the pastry chef also has an incredible watercolor heart cookie you have to see for yourself.
13. Baking Love
A girl after our own heart! If this assortment wasn't sweet enough, click on the image to watch the mesmerizing video of the artist outlining and filling the oven cookie.
14. Chocolate-Covered Macarons
Not only are these heart-shaped macarons perfectly formed, they’re dipped in chocolate and sprinkles for a little added flair. After all, there’s no better way to say “I love you” than with chocolate.
15. Purrrrfect Pusheen Cookies
Nothing makes us squeal quite like Pusheen the cat, and these cookies are almost too adorable to handle. We’ll take a dozen, please!
16. Pink Donuts (Need We Say More?)
Mini doughnuts get a pink and intergalactic, almost ombré, effect, officially making them the doughnuts of our dreams. The subtle glitter dust puts them at gold status, in our minds.
Which sweet treat delighted you the most? (We honestly can't choose.) Share your favorite with us below!