Sugar Is Sweet
The month of candy hearts, love letters, and cupid’s arrow is upon us, and as Valentine’s Day is right around the corner it’s the perfect time to get creative! Nothing says ‘I ♡ You‘ more than delicious sweet treats baked from the heart, so I’ve put together a post filled with lots of super cute ideas for your Valentine’s Day baking!
First up are these oh so adorable cakesicles, which are essentially cake pops filled with soft cupcake sponge and yummy buttercream, encased in a chocolate lollipop shell. To make them, start with a silicone mould like this one which also comes with little lollipop sticks. For the cakesicle filling simply bake a batch cupcakes, break the sponge up and mix with buttercream! Pour melted Candy Melts into the mould, wait for it to chill then fill with your cake/buttercream mixture and top with more candy melts. I recommend using this YouTube tutorial which shows you step by step how to create them. For decoration, drizzle with melted chocolate and add pretty sprinkles, pearls and hearts. Finish them off with ribbons tied to the sticks for a pretty effect.
Another super cute idea is these Chocolate Covered Oreos. To make them start with a six cavity round mould like this one. Simply melt Candy Melts and pour halfway into the mould, then pop in your Oreos pushing them into the centres and cover with more Candy Melts. Chill in the fridge for about 10 minutes and they should pop right out of the mould. Here is a useful YouTube tutorial on how to make them. To decorate, again drizzle them with melted chocolate and cute sprinkles for a perfect Valentine’s Day treat!
Sugar cookies make the loveliest little sentimental gifts, especially if you pop them in a cellophane bag and tie with a luxurious ribbon. To make mine I used a sugar cookie recipe from the Sweet Bake Shop book which is my favourite as the cookies are so so delicious and have a buttery soft texture that just melts in the mouth. Top with pink fondant hearts and use an edible gold paint like this one (or mix gold lustre dust with rejuvenator fluid like I did) to write cute phrases in fancy scripted handwriting, I went for the classic ‘love‘ and ‘xo‘ for a sweet effect which could be gifted to any loved one, whether they may be your valentine, BFF, or family member!
Pretty hearts will always be such a simple but effective way to decorate your valentine’s cupcakes, so why not take them a level extra by adding a lovely lace effect! Roll out some pink fondant and use an impression mat or patterned rolling pin to create a pretty lace pattern. Cut out little heart shapes with a cutter and wait for them to dry. In the meantime, bake a batch of cupcakes in your favourite flavour and ice them with buttercream using a piping bag and a Wilton 1M tip ~ my go-to for dreamy buttercream swirls. Once the hearts are hard enough to stay upright, pop them onto your cupcakes and gift to your sweetheart!
Strawberries & Cream
A quick but just as lovely idea for your valentine’s cupcakes, is to top them with Lindor Strawberries & Cream chocolate truffles, which are my absolute favourite! They are totally delicious, add a little bit of luxury and I personally think that leaving them in the pretty pink candy wrapper makes them look extra special.
Rice Krispie Treats
For a sweet and easy valentine’s treat create a batch of these heart shaped Rice Krispie treats dipped in white chocolate. I have a full recipe post on the blog about how to create these here, they only require a few ingredients but are so effective and make for a super cute valentine’s gift.
& Chocolate Boxes
When I think of cute Valentine’s gifts, teddy bears and heart shaped chocolate boxes always spring to mind, so why not make them in miniature edible form! I have a YouTube video on how I created these cupcake toppers here, they may look like they’d be super technical to create but I promise they are easier than they look and are just the sweetest!
Tell them you love them with a giant heart shaped cookie, filled with yummy chocolate chips and iced with a sentimental message. I can’t remember quite which recipe I followed as I made this one a good five years or so ago, but this recipe looks like a similar style! Simply make a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough and bake it in a heart shaped tin. Pipe little swirls of buttercream around the outside and personalise with your own sweet saying like ‘I ♡ U’. The finished effect is so cute and reminds me of Millie’s Cookies! Apologies for the rather old photo on this one, I believe it was around the beginning of my baking journey so I’m sure if I made this again now I could make a much lovelier, neater version, but you get the idea!
Happy baking princesses! Wishing you a Valentine’s Day full of love, romance and all the sweet treats!
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