With our 2017 #BAKOLovesChocolate competition fully underway, we thought we’d provide a little inspiration for your chocolatey Valentine’s Day bakes this year!
So, what to make? From rich dark chocolate cakes to sweet white chocolate cookies, there are a whole host of chocolate filled Valentine’s Day treats to choose from – all of which are sure to win our hearts! To spark a few ideas, we’ve picked out five chocolate Valentine’s Day recipes we hope you’ll fall in love with too.
1. Dark chocolate cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting
Rich dark chocolate paired with sweet, tangy raspberries is certainly a match made in heaven, so why not give this indulgent treat a go this Valentine’s? Whip up a batch of classic chocolate cupcakes, top with vibrant raspberry buttercream and decorate with piped chocolate hearts and fresh raspberries for a Valentine’s Day cupcake which is sure to impress.
2. Chocolate and pomegranate layer cake
Indulgence at its finest, this chocolate and pomegranate layer cake is simply irresistible. Three layers of rich dark chocolate and pomegranate sponge separated by a smooth dark chocolate ganache, topped with tart pomegranate seeds – this recipe certainly isn’t for the faint hearted. Serve on its own or pair with double cream for a decadent dessert.
3. Valentine’s amaretto truffles
If you’re looking for something a little more romantic this Valentine’s, these romantic amaretto truffles are sure to tempt your customers’ taste buds. Combine dark chocolate, coconut milk, maple syrup, amaretto and coconut oil for your creamy truffle base, then roll them in beetroot powder to complete the amorous effect.
4. Hidden heart loaf cake
Who doesn’t like a few surprises on Valentine’s Day? This chocolatey hidden heart loaf cake is incredibly effective and a great way to celebrate the most romantic day of the year. Bake your pink sponge first, then cut out 3cm hearts from each slice. Make your chocolate cake batter, then add a small amount of your chocolate cake mix to a loaf tin. Tightly hold the sponge hearts together in a row, then spoon the rest of the chocolate mixture over the top and bake. Finish by covering with chocolate frosting and chocolate sprinkles!
5. Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies
Gooey chocolate brownie topped with velvety raspberry cheesecake – what’s not to love? One of the ultimate foodie mashups, combining brownie and cheesecake is definitely a perfect pairing. Spread your chocolate brownie batter evenly around the base of a square tin, then top with your tangy raspberry cheesecake mixture before baking. Leave to chill once baked, then serve as a Valentine’s Day treat your customers aren’t likely to forget!
Inspired? Tweet us a photo of your best Valentine’s Day-themed chocolate bake, using the hashtag #BAKOLovesChocolate, by Tuesday 7th February for your chance to win one of three Callebaut™ chocolate baking hampers!