Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to enjoy an indulgent treat, whether it’s gooey chocolate cake or a fresh passion fruit sponge to make you go weak at the knees. Once you’ve carefully chosen your Valentine’s Day menu, you’ll want to round the evening off in style with a slice of delicious cake and an optional glass of prosecco. Here, we’ve picked our 10 most romantic cakes so you can choose your ideal match.
1. Rosewater & raspberry sponge cake
This gorgeous rosewater & raspberry sponge cake is topped with rose petals, fresh raspberries and an elegant pink icing – what could be more romantic? It would sit pretty as a special Valentine’s Day centrepiece, but luckily this sponge cake is easy enough for baking novices.
2. Hidden heart cake
If you’re looking to push the boat out with something unusual, you can’t go wrong with our fantastic hidden heart cake! Smothered with a creamy chocolate ganache, the real treat comes from the surprise heart shape inside, revealed when you slice into the cake. You’ll need to plan ahead – it’s a labour of love, but totally worth it.
3. Squidgy chocolate & pomegranate torte
Rich and handsome, it’s so easy to fall in love with this decadent dessert! A slice of our squidgy chocolate & pomegranate torte is the perfect ending for a night of Valentine’s Day celebrations – a well-whisked batter is the technique you’ll need to make this cake blissfully light and delicious.
4. Passion cake
If you’re a fan of passion fruit martinis, you’ll love this sumptuous triple-layered passion cake. Bursting with tropical flavours and dressed with a zesty cream cheese frosting, it’s a real showstopper.
5. Easy caramel cake
Need to whip something up at the last minute? This indulgent caramel cake is wonderfully quick and easy to make – great for beginner bakers or those short on time. The secret is using readymade dulce de leche and caramel pieces, which can be strewn over the top with your own artistic flair.
6. Red velvet cake
Red velvet cake has swiftly become a modern classic – give it a go with this popular recipe by Cassie Best. It boasts a vibrant red colour and a subtle chocolate flavour, plus the cream cheese frosting gives it a truly sophisticated vibe.
7. Prosecco cake
We have plenty of boozy bakes that would suit Valentine’s Day, but our top pick is this glorious prosecco cake. It has a celebratory feel – with prosecco hidden in both the sponge and buttercream – perfect for any fans of fizz!
8. Romantic rose cupcakes
For those not necessarily planning dinner, baking a batch of romantic rose cupcakes makes for a thoughtful homemade gift. They’re decorated with simple sugar roses and a swirl of white chocolate frosting to make them extra special.
9. Ultimate chocolate cake
Calling all chocolate lovers – our top-rated recipe for the ultimate chocolate cake might be just what you’re looking for! The sponge is beautifully rich and fudgy, made even better with the addition of chocolate ganache and extra chocolate curl decorations.
10. Raspberry spice cake
An elegant teatime treat, this raspberry spice cake is more effort to make but will certainly deliver the wow factor! The sponge layers are enriched with buttermilk for moisture and delicately spiced with cinnamon, cloves and ginger – when paired with the raspberry filling, it really packs a punch.
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