Chocolate loaf cake with hidden red heart shape in the middle

Valentine’s baking recipes

Find a bake to suit your beloved, from heart-shaped biscuits to beautiful cakes.

10 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Slice into this delicious loaf cake and reveal the secret heart design running through the middle - a really romantic bake!

3 hrs and 10 mins
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22 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

The dryness of your chosen fizz works well with the delicate sweetness of this impressive posset

15 mins
Easy
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2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Got a sweet tooth? Treat someone special on Valentine's Day with these rich chocolate cupcakes hiding a secret white chocolate truffle centre

1 hr
Easy
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Fill light choux pastry with a creamy vanilla custard and Greek yogurt filling then finish with fresh fruit for a lower-sugar afternoon tea treat

1 hr and 5 mins
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14 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

Turn the popular cake into chewy cookies, complete with cream cheese icing. Box them up to give as a gift, or make a batch of dough to keep in the freezer

35 mins
Easy
2 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

A fabulously fruity version of a French choux bun patisserie classic, filled with fluffy vanilla cream, fresh berries and naturally coloured pink icing

1 hr and 35 mins
A challenge
24 ratings 3.3 out of 5 star rating

Bake a batch of red velvet cupcakes as a treat. With chocolate sponge and a cream cheese topping, they're perfect for elevenses served with a cuppa

40 mins
Easy
8 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Fill homemade fortune cookies with personalised messages for a customised treat - ideal for any occasion, such as Chinese New Year, Christmas, Valentine's Day, birthdays and weddings

1 hr
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3 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Get ahead for a dinner party or celebration with this indulgent, fruity cake which can be frozen for up to 2 months

1 hr and 25 mins
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8 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Afternoon tea goes glam with these Paris patisserie-style choux pastry fingers with berry liqueur cream filling

1 hr and 45 mins
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138 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

These individual sugar-dipped cupcakes are baked not fried but taste just as delicious and are best straight from the oven

38 mins
Easy
7 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Use ready-made custard in these tropical desserts, for all the 'wow' factor but less of the effort

30 mins
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9 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

These cute cookies decorated with fondant icing in a heart-shaped ladybird pattern would make a lovely romantic gift

42 mins
Easy
25 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Also known as miracle fudge, this indulgent sweet treat is made in minutes in the microwave, and makes for an ideal last-minute edible gift – no sugar thermometer required

17 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
8 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

This rich dark chocolate sponge makes a great alternative Christmas cake, or dinner party dessert

55 mins
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60 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Adding a little fruit purée to your buttercream frosting gives you a berry flavour and vibrant colour atop your sponges

45 mins
Easy
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

These heart-shaped cookies with a crunchy mint filling are fun for children to make and give as a present

37 mins
Easy
8 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

A simple and quick scone recipe that has a great sweet finish - the crunchy sugar top adds texture too

32 mins
Easy
98 ratings 3.4 out of 5 star rating

Bake a modern classic with this fabulous red velvet cake. This chocolatey sponge is perfect for a celebration, or halve for smaller crowd

2 hrs and 5 mins
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96 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

These decorative cupcakes make the perfect centrepiece for a wedding or christening, or a lovely gift

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
31 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

James Martin's easy biscuits taste as good as they look and make an ideal Valentine's Day gift

30 mins
Easy
13 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

Bake this impressive tropical sponge for a special occasion. This scrumptious triple-layer passion fruit cake is also perfect for Valentine's Day

1 hr and 25 mins
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305 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

These zesty cupcakes look so gorgeous you won't want to eat them, but once you start you won't be able to stop

1 hr
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96 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

A dense, dark and devilishly delicious cake, this will be gone before you know it

2 hrs and 10 mins
Easy
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