Heart shaped shortbread on cooling rack and plate with icing sugar

The best heart-shaped bakes and desserts

Try baking your sweetheart a romantic treat for Valentine's Day. We've picked our favourite heart-shaped cupcakes, biscuits, cakes and tarts.

Handing the one you love a home-baked treat is as good as wearing your heart on your sleeve. If you’re planning to get in the kitchen this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got the perfect cakes, biscuits and sweet nibbles for your significant other. We also have recipes that are perfect for sharing, showstopping tarts and sponges, and ideas for those who are novice cooks.

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Discover everything you need for Valentine’s Day from pre-planned menus to super simple cocktails at our specially devoted hub.

Classic jam tarts


Forget roses and shop-bought chocolates, the best gifts are always homemade. Our easy jam tarts are the perfect way to show someone you care through the medium of soft, red fruit and golden-brown pastry. Resist the urge to snaffle one straight out of the oven though – the jam will be piping hot.

Treacle tart hearts


We’ve taken the British staple treacle tart to heart. This classic combination of buttery pastry and a zesty golden syrup filling is best served warm, ideally with a drizzle of cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This straightforward pud is perfect for fans of a traditional English dessert and the Valentine’s makeover adds a bit of fun.

Hidden heart cake


Ready for a big reveal? Slice into this soft sponge with addictive chocolate icing to reveal the hidden heart design. If you’ve got a flair for the dramatic, this romantic bake is ideal. Why wear your heart on your sleeve when you could show it off in cake? Try making cake pops out of your leftover red sponge for even more innovative treats.

Jammy heart drops


You don’t need any moulds, cutters or kit to make these jammy heart drops – and no one could turn down a squidgy raspberry centre. If you’re looking for a bake the kids can get involved with, too, these super simple biscuits are perfect for little hands. Add an artistic drizzle of custard icing, box up, et voila!

Cherry shortbread hearts


Need a sweet and speedy expression of love? You can treat your Valentine to these cherry shortbread hearts dotted with glacé cherries in 30 minutes. Give standard biscuits an injection of sweetness and tart fruit flavour with smooth cherry jam.

Melting heart muffins


You’ve tried melt-in-the-mouth chocolate, but have you tried melting heart muffins? These cute chocolate cupcakes are hiding a secret white truffle centre for a final gooey flourish. These monochromatic treats are for serious chocolate lovers only.

Love bug biscuits


Let your creative side shine with these ladybird love bug biscuits. All you need to transform these simple buttery bakes is fondant icing, food colouring and your very best decorating skills. These professional looking biccies are a sure-fire way into anyone’s heart.

Sweetheart choc & hazelnut sandwiches


Rustle up a chocolate & hazelnut French toast sandwich for an indulgent breakfast in bed. Golden-brown, chocolate-filled French toast with fresh raspberries and rich vanilla ice cream is a great way to start Valentine’s Day. Dust with a little icing sugar, top with chopped toasted hazelnuts and present with pride on your prettiest plates.

Peppermint candy biscuits


Our peppermint candy biscuits are a breath of fresh air. If you’re looking for a non-chocolatey option, these five-ingredient beauties are the perfect bake. Make sure you sprinkle your biscuits with the crushed candies while they’re still hot from the oven to ensure they’ll stick together.

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