If you ask me, Valentine’s Day is best celebrated from morning to night with desserts. You can surprise your sweetheart, friends or family with sweet treats throughout the day, and share in whatever brings you joy on what can be a silly holiday. From breakfast sweets to decadent and beautiful cakes I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite Valentine’s Day dessert recipes.
This is an abbreviated version of a recipe I created with the extraordinary pastry chef, Neal Fraser. It's a decadent and fudgy cake with a strawberry salsa and beautiful candied flowers. The combination of flavors and beauty of the dessert make it the perfect end to a special meal.Get the recipe
My stepmother, Patricia, is from Alabama, and she introduced me to the Southern red velvet cake. The cake's origins are a little murky, but the bright-red version we see today was invented in the 1920s by an extract company and then suddenly became one of the most beloved cakes in every city, not just the south. A note about this recipe: I baked the layers in three 6×2-inch cake pans, which is why it is soooooo tall. If you go with smaller pans, you will want to check them about 5-10 minutes earlier when baking, since they will be done sooner the smaller they are.Get the recipe
This cherry cheesecake is made with ricotta, a touch of honey and a crushed ginger cookie crust. To add a bit of festive charm for the holiday, I crafted it in a heart shape with ruby-red cherry sauce. This a luxurious and sensuous treat to share with your Valentine.Get the recipe
A strawberry Charlotte Royale is a fun recipe if you are looking for something a little different to try. This recipe features Grand Marnier Bavarian Cream and is a regal looking dessert. It isn't as hard to make as it may look, but it does require a little planning ahead, so make sure you prepare accordingly. This was inspired by Soulful Baker: From highly creative fruit tarts and pies to chocolate, desserts and weekend brunch by Julie Jones.Get the recipe
Don't be fooled into thinking a cookie isn't decadent and special enough for a Valentine's Day dessert. These Valentine cookies are made of lemon shortbread with a lemon icing. Add in the heart shapes and the decorations, and you have a tasty and gorgeous treat for the holiday.Get the recipe