40 Valentine's Day cakes

Valentine's Day is a great excuse to try something new in the kitchen, so why not try one of these romantic cake ideas...

Loveheart millionaire’s shortbreads
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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.

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.

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Stacie Stewart’s raspberry, rose and vanilla cake

Stacie Stewart’s raspberry, rose and vanilla cake

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.

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Victoria Threader’s chocolate button cupcakes

Victoria Threader’s chocolate button cupcakes

If you want to impress your loved ones, try out our chocolate button cupcakes - they are sure to get hearts fluttering.

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Chocolate and pear cake

Chocolate and pear cake

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This squidgy cake lends itself perfectly to a romantic dessert course. Serve warm with a big dollop of cream.

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Rose and pistachio cupcakes

Rose and pistachio cupcakes

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Rose and pistachio cupcakes are a wonderfully romantic choice with a fragrantic hint of rosewater and a sprinkling of pistachios.

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Red velvet cake

Red velvet cake

Learn how to make red velvet cakewith this classic red velvet cake recipe from Rachel Allen.

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Strawberry cupcakes

Strawberry cupcakes

Strawberry cupcakes are a slightly decadent treat in frosty February, perfect for Valentine's Day.

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Black Forest cupcakes

Black Forest cupcakes

Fancy a bite-sized piece of decadence? Well try our Black Forest cupcakes, they will make the perfect richly romantic treat.

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Chocolate-dipped cupcakes

Chocolate-dipped cupcakes

If you are a chocaholic, these chocolate dipped cupcakes will be right up your street and a well-deserved Valentine's treat.

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Rose and raspberry cake

Rose and raspberry cake

Want to make a big impression? This triple-layer rose and raspberry cake should do the trick.

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Valentine’s cupcakes

Valentine’s cupcakes

Top your cupcakes with gingham and chocolate hearts to give them a really romantic feel with our recipe for Valentine's cupcakes.

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Cranberry obsession snow cake

Cranberry obsession snow cake

A splash of cranberries gives this snow cake a real Valentine's twist. Top with curls of white chocolate for an extra-special finish.

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Strawberry kisses cupcakes

Strawberry kisses cupcakes

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.

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Chocolate and chilli cupcakes

Chocolate and chilli cupcakes

Add a spicy kick to your Valentine's Day by making these fiery chocolate and chilli cupcakes.

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Double chocolate and raspberry cake

Double chocolate and raspberry cake

Layer soft chocolate sponges with white chocolate cream and raspberries to make this double chocolate and raspberry cake for a sumptuous after-dinner treat.

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Strawberry cloud cake

Strawberry cloud 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.

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Beetroot and chocolate cake

Beetroot and chocolate cake

The rich, deep flavours of the beetroot and chocolate cake will be the perfect way to finish off your Valentine's day.

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Cupcake bouquet

Cupcake bouquet

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.

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White chocolate celebration cake

White chocolate celebration cake

What better excuse to celebrate than Valentine's day? This extravagant chocolate cake takes a bit of effort - but he's worth it, right?

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Hidden heart cupcakes

Hidden heart cupcakes

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.

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Libbie’s vanilla cupcakes

Libbie’s vanilla cupcakes

Why send flowers when you can make edible ones! These cute cupcakes from goodtoknow user Libbie are sure to brighten anyone's day.

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Loveheart millionaire’s shortbreads

Loveheart millionaire’s shortbreads

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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.

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Flourless fudge cake

Flourless fudge cake

This deliciously rich chocolate cake is made without flour so the results are super-soft and decadent - perfect for Valentine's Day.

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Weight Watchers white chocolate cake

Weight Watchers white chocolate 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.

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Black Forest gateau

Black Forest gateau

A gorgeous blend of cake and dessert, this classic bake will make a luxurious treat for a homemade Valentine's dinner.

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Chocolate passion cake

Chocolate passion cake

It's in the name! This chocolate passion cake is sure to impress.

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Red velvet whoopie pies

Red velvet whoopie pies

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.

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Hearty Smartie chocolate cake

Hearty Smartie chocolate cake

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.

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Sticky toffee cupcakes with salted caramel buttercream

Sticky toffee cupcakes with salted caramel buttercream

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These tasty cupcakes are a wiing combination of pud and cake - making them the perfect grown-up treat.

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Romantic chocolate hearts