Forced romance is not my cup of tea, but Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to herd the kids into the kitchen for a bit of themed cooking!
I’ve developed a few recipes with this in mind for Parentdish.co.uk and thought they might inspire you.
These are mega mega easy but oh-so-pretty. All you need is some good quality cooking chocolate and a variety of valentine-inspired sprinkles. My absolute favourite were the morsels of freeze dried raspberries that you can get in the baking aisle at Sainsbury’s. They look and taste really classy.
Parcel your drops up in pretty gift boxes and your kids can give them to their friends and relatives as a fun treat.
Valentine Chocolate Drops: Get the recipe here>>>
These heart-shaped bakes are made with the help of some marbles popped into the muffin tin! It’s a nifty trick I found when scouring Pinterest for inspiration.
The cakes themselves have a hidden raspberry nestled in the middle of the sponge which is topped with vanilla frosting and a heart drawn with home-made raspberry sauce. Utterly delicious and highly scoffable.
Raspberry Heart Cupcakes: Get the recipe here>>>
Fridge cakes are my new obsession as they require no baking, just a spot of chocolate melting, chopping, mixing and chilling. They’re ideal for the school cake stall or popping into a pretty tin to give as a gift.
This fun version has love heart sweets on the top, but you could customise yours however you please.
Valentine Fridge Cake: Get the recipe here>>>
And finally, my home made take on jammy dodgers in heart shapes. It’s just a really simple vanilla cookie recipe, baked and sandwiched together with lashings of raspberry jam. They won’t last long…
Jammy Heart Cookies: Get the recipe here>>>
Get the look!
The dotcomgiftshop very kindly sent me a selection of their pretty products to help me style this shoot. It’s a treasure trove of gorgeous stuff that’s surprisingly inexpensive! Here is the stuff you can see in the above pictures:
Green Regency tea plate: £3.95
Ribbon reel hearts design: £1.00