Shakespeare might have quipped that ‘music is the food of love’, but at Tower, we’d say that actual food is the food of love when it comes to wooing those special persons in your life come Valentine’s Day. With those sentiments in mind, why not show you really care by baking up some delicious, indulgent treats for that someone special. Not only will these delicious treats make great gifts, but will demonstrate the thought and effort you’ve put into creating them more than any shop-bought trinket. Read on to learn how to make the three, easy Valentine’s Day Bakes…

chocolate cupcakes

Strawberry Topped Chocolate Cupcakes

When it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts, chocolate is definitely at the top of the list. Why not side step the chocolate box this year however, in favour of this equally indulgent homemade option. Combining rich, chocolate fudge cupcakes with delicately dipped chocolate strawberries, they’ll be perfect for your someone special.

Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Total Cost:  £7.94

Contains Nuts? No

Suitable for Vegetarians? Yes

Makes: 12 Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 200g plain chocolate
  • 200g light, soft brown sugar
  • 200g butter
  • x 2 eggs (beaten)
  • x 1 tsp vanilla extract

To make the topping:

  • 200g plain chocolate
  • 200g white chocolate
  • 100ml double cream
  • 50g icing sugar
  • x 12 strawberries

Preparation

  • First of all, melt the white chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water. One of the Tower 3 Piece Forged Pan Set would be perfect for this task.
  • Once your chocolate has melted, dip each of your strawberries into the melted chocolate and place on a tray lined with greaseproof paper. Place tray into the fridge to set.
  • Preheat your oven to 160°C/140°C fan/gas 3and line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.
  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter, sugar, 200g plain chocolate and 100ml hot water until the mixture comes together, then set aside to cool.
  • Stir the eggs and vanilla extract into the chocolate mixture then transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • Gradually add the flour into the mixing bowl and combine with a wooden spoon until smooth.
  • Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until just over ¾ full and place on the lowest shelf of your oven for 20-22 minutes.
  • Once baked, leave to cool on a wire rack.

To make the topping:

  • Melt the remaining plain chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
  • Once melted, add the double cream and sift in the icing sugar. Stir until thick and spreadable.
  • Spread the topping onto each cake and top with a chocolate covered strawberry.

heart shaped biscuits

Iced Hearts

These pretty and professional looking heart shaped biscuits are the ideal homemade gift but with their buttery texture, they’re ideal to finish off that candle lit dinner for two. If you’re feeling extra creative, you could even ice your special Valentine’s message onto the biscuits for a unique, edible alternative to the shop bought greetings card!

Total time: 42 minutes

Total Cost:  £3.75

Contains Nuts? No

Suitable for Vegetarians? Yes

Makes: 20 biscuits

Ingredients

  • 175g plain flour
  • 100g butter (chilled & cubed)
  • 85g icing sugar
  • x 1 egg yolk
  • x 1 tsp vanilla extract

To make the icing:

  • 900g icing sugar
  • x 4 egg whites

Preparation

  • First, heat your oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
  • Add the flour, butter, sugar, vanilla and egg yolk into a food processor like the Tower 1000W Professional Food Processor, add 1 tablespoon of water and pulse until the mixture comes together to form a dough.
  • Tip out onto a floured work surface and knead to bring together then wrap the dough in cling film and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  • Roll out the dough to the thickness of a £1 coin
  • Use a heart shaped biscuit cutter to cut 20 biscuits, place on baking trays and bake in the oven for 12 minutes until crisp and a pale golden colour.
  • Once baked, leave on a wire rack to cool.

To make the icing:

  • Combine the icing sugar and egg whites in a stand mixer until the mixture is the consistency of toothpaste.
  • Place half of the icing into a separate bowl.
  • To the second bowl, add a splash of water to make a runnier consistency.
  • Add your chosen colourings to both before adding to two separate icing bags.
  • Use the thicker icing to create an outline around the edge of the biscuits, making sure there are no gaps. Set aside for 5 minutes until the icing has set.
  • Then, using the thinner consistency icing, flood the centre of the biscuit with the thinner icing, inside the outline to create a glossy, flat finish.
  • Leave the icing to set.

jammy heart biscuits

Jammy Heart Drops

A grown up version of everyone’s childhood biscuit tin favourite, the jammy dodger, these cute heart shaped biscuits are the perfect sweet treat  to accompany the inevitable romantic comedy movie marathon. The best bit is, you can make them in no time at all, giving you plenty quality time with that special someone.

Total time: 40 minutes

Total Cost:  £2.41

Contains Nuts? No

Suitable for Vegetarians? Yes

Makes: 20 biscuits

Ingredients

  • 300g plain flour
  • 250g unsalted butter (softened)
  • 140g golden caster sugar
  • x 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • x 1 jar seedless raspberry jam

Preparation

  • Pre-heat your oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
  • Mix in the vanilla extract, then fold in the flour using a wooden spoon until it forms a dough.
  • Roll the dough out until about 1 cm thick and using a heart shaped cutter, cut 18 biscuits.
  • Using your thumb, make a heart shaped indent in the centre of each biscuit – this is where the jam will go.
  • Carefully spoon jam into indents before carefully placing onto a tray lined with baking parchment. Be sure to leave a gap between each biscuit to allow for spreading.
  • Bake for 8-12 minutes or until the biscuits are a pale golden colour and crisp.
  • Allow to cool on a wire rack.

So those are some of our fail-safe Valentine’s bakes, if you give any of these a go or have any baking inspiration of your own, share them with us on our Twitter or Facebook pages.

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