Sam’s Smart Cookies- Valentine’s Day Large Cakes Given With Love

This chocolate brownie heart cake has been made over and over again in my kitchen. It’s been made for customers, donated as raffle prizes for local coffee mornings or even for family. It is topped with rich chocolate ganache, left to set and then decorated with glittery funky hearts.

Ever since I started baking for pleasure when my daughter was a baby 15 years ago I have always loved to give cakes as gifts to my special friends and family to show my love and appreciation to them.  I enjoy the therapy and comfort that baking gives me as I create something that I hope the recipient would enjoy. I think love is an invisible ingredient in baking as well as the butter, sugar and eggs.  I know there are some out there who would think “Oh no not another box of cupcakes!” but I honestly say the presents I receive that are handmade and made thinking of me and that I would enjoy the gift means more than something expensive that is bought without a thought. Though I wouldn’t say no to  huge bottles of Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir perfume!

This chocolate fudge square cake was made from the second Great British Bake Off recipe book. I made it as a Sunday lunch dessert using Dr Oetker chocolate hearts.
This is a Death By Chocolate cake baked from the first Great British Bake Off recipe book “The British Book Of Baking” I used white and plain chocolate hearts from a Dr Oetker pack.

This blog post shows some of the cakes I have made for Valentine’s Day in the past three years.  I make the heart shaped ones regularly for Sam’s Smart Cookies customers but the other ones have been made with love for those close to me.

This Red Velvet cake always goes down well around Valentine’s Day. I make a version of this for customers, this one isn’t too red inside but is decorated with a creamy Philadelphia cheese icing and finished with pink and red heart sprinkles.
My large heart sponge cake has been made in many designs and guises, sometimes as a birthday cake or sometimes as a Valentine’s Day present.

Over the next few days I am going to be a very busy bee baking Valentine’s Day cakes, cupcakes and cookies so watch this space to see what I bake.

Happy Baking!

Love Sam xx

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