What gift for Valentine's Day?
As February 14 approaches, some of us are wondering what to do for Valentine's Day? What gift for Valentine's Day? How to surprise him for Valentine's Day?
The majority of couples are looking for a romantic idea to celebrate this special day, which only takes place once a year. Except that with the current health crisis, it is quite difficult to reserve a table in a gourmet restaurant to enjoy a romantic dinner with a Valentine's Day pastry for dessert.
So, the ideal this year would be to anticipate by creating a Valentine's Day evening at home. You can cook or order a good Valentine's Day meal that you will finish with a good homemade dessert . If you can't find inspiration, know that the Valentine's Day cake with red mirror icing remains the best option for dessert. Homemade chocolates are also very popular with men and women. In addition, dark chocolate has naturally aphrodisiac qualities which increase dopamine in our body, a hormone responsible for the feeling of pleasure and which contributes to orgasm.
A romantic dessert comes in all tastes and desires, which is perfect for a romantic evening . To achieve this, here are some tips that you can adopt in order to surprise your better half!
A romantic dinner to celebrate Valentine's Day
For a successful Valentine 's Day party , there's nothing like spending time together over a good meal . This is part of the tradition even if nowadays, couples love to enjoy a good romantic movie , a romantic stroll or even an original idea to seduce each other again. If for this year you have decided to transform your dining room into a restaurant table, know that the Valentine's Day dessert is a perfect idea to end your dinner .
You can opt for a customizable and original dessert at the same time, corresponding perfectly to your desires and your tastes. If you're having trouble finding the right Valentine's Day idea for your dessert, don't hesitate to follow our advice below.
The benefits of preparing a good dessert for Valentine's Day
The idea of a Valentine's Day dessert gift is attracting more and more couples simply because it focuses on originality and goes far beyond the flowers, chocolates or jewelry offered during this day. Admittedly, the pleasure brought by a Valentine's Day cake is ephemeral, but it will mark everyone's spirits while betting on seduction. The idea of pleasing and seducing will be there, which will make this day unforgettable .
Also know that preparing a good romantic dessert for Valentine's Day will show how much you care for this person. It's the little touches that count in love , especially if you want to rekindle the flame. You have to believe that even if you can order a romantic cake from your baker or pastry chef, the one you will prepare yourself with love will allow you to enjoy the magic of Valentine's Day.
If you are looking for the right recipe idea for your romantic dinner , continue reading, we have selected for you the best Valentine's Day dessert ideas that highlight a note to love!
Tips for making a dessert for two?
When you plan to make an individual Valentine's Day cake , forget the big assembled pieces, prefer small achievements like an individual dessert . This will emphasize that touch of delicacy that will make your evening unforgettable . Among the recipes that you can draw inspiration from, you can choose an easy Valentine's Day cake recipe such as macaroons, cupcakes, cream puffs, éclairs or even a surprise dessert with a pastry insert
You can also find out more from our pastry blog or programs like those hosted by Cyril Lignac . This great pastry chef on M6 offers simple tips and tricks to make homemade recipes like a real chef, even for beginners. From desserts to starters, including the main course and aperitifs, you will find gastronomic advice from this French chef elected best pastry chef in the world in 2012, who will surely prepare a Cyril Lignac Valentine's Day cake especially for the 'event.
The gourmet dessert, feasible or not?
If you've always had the habit of eating in a gourmet restaurant, why not make a gourmet Valentine's Day recipe at home? You can take up the challenge whether or not you are a cordon bleu in your kitchen, provided of course that you know a few tips.
For example, you can offer a plated dessert made up of a quenelle of ice cream, Breton shortbread, fresh fruit in pieces, diplomate cream, chocolate shavings or candied ginger. You can mix two or three of these homemade recipes but in small quantities, without sacrificing the touch of gluttony.
To concoct your original Valentine's Day desserts , do not abuse too much cream, butter and sugar, so as not to fall asleep before the end of your Valentine's Day evening . However, remember to use them in good doses while avoiding excess! After the flavor, also think about bringing a particular touch to the shaping and decoration of the Valentine's Day cake that you are going to choose. You will be able to seduce your other half gently while immortalizing this moment spent together.
Heart shaped cake recipe
There are many heart-shaped Valentine's Day cake recipes. It is certainly the most beautiful romantic recipe , especially since it is easy to make and customizable at the same time. If you are looking for the ideal Valentine's Day gift for men , this personalization is certainly the most recommended. This is perfect for showing him how much you care for him and how much you want to give him your Valentine's Day heart .
You can opt for a lemon cake using a 3D silicone mould . Another idea is the entremet with chocolate icing in an individual silicone mould , perfect for a Valentine's Day surprise cake . In the same idea, you can also opt for the classic raspberry cheesecake or the chocolate cake with a flowing insert .
To make your heart-shaped cake , you can choose basic recipes from your traditional cakes, but with one difference. We suggest that you bet on an individual heart-shaped mold . This way you can reduce the amount of ingredients for two people and make a quick and easy Valentine's Day cake .
When you finalize your recipe, you can add dried fruits, nuts, chocolate chips while sprinkling with icing sugar or colored smarties. Give free rein to your imagination and you will see, it will make all the difference.
Valentine's Day Chocolate Cake Recipe
Nothing like a fondant chocolate cake to celebrate an event! Easy to make and tasty at the same time, this cake is also perfect for Valentine's Day. Not only will it remind you of this period of your childhood, but it will also mark your adult life. This easy recipe is ideal for 8 people but you can reduce the quantity of ingredients for 2 people.
Here is the list of ingredients for this Valentine's Day chocolate cake recipe :
- 80g flour
- 125g sugar
- 1 packet of dry yeast
- 1 bar of pastry chocolate
- 4 eggs
- 125g butter
For the preparation of your cake, beat the eggs in a bowl and incorporate them into the mixture of flour, sugar and yeast. Melt the chocolate in the microwave and incorporate it into the preparation. Mix well until you obtain a homogeneous paste. Choose a cake mold reminiscent of Valentine's Day, pour your preparation into it and bake for 30 minutes in a preheated oven at 180°C.
Your cake is ready, all you have to do is serve it for dessert after chilling it. For more charm, we suggest that you add a light mirror glaze to your water and cocoa-based cake as explained in our article: How to make a successful glaze ?
Individual Valentine's Cake Recipe
The individual cake is also perfect for a Valentine's Day dessert recipe. The ideal Valentine's Day gift for women comes in simple recipes, like this easy recipe for chocolate chip muffins .
For the ingredients, you will need:
- 300g flour
- 100 g normal sugar
- 2 eggs
- 23 cl of milk
- 6 cl of sunflower oil
- 1 sachet of vanilla sugar
- 0.5 packet of baking powder
- Chocolate Chip
Note however that these ingredients are intended for 6 people, it is up to you to reduce them to have a recipe for two people or to reserve the other muffin cakes for the next day.
To prepare your chocolate chip muffins, preheat your oven to 180°C. Butter your muffin cups according to the number you want to have. In a salad bowl, combine all the ingredients, incorporating them one by one and mixing well to obtain a homogeneous paste. Add the chocolate chips last and fill your molds three-quarters full. Then bake for 20 minutes, let cool, unmold and serve with the drink of your choice.
To add a touch of charm to your Valentine's Day muffin add a white topping with small edible golden pearls.
Quick and easy Valentine's Day cake recipe
If you don't want to drag yourself out in the kitchen and are thinking of making a quick and tasty dessert at the same time, strawberry sorbet is definitely the recipe for you for Valentine's Day. Requiring no cooking and easy to prepare, this frozen dessert will appeal to both women and men.
For the ingredients for your Valentine's Day strawberry sorbet , you will need:
- 500 g very ripe and fragrant strawberries
- 125 g caster sugar
- 1 spoonful of lemon juice
- 5 cl of water
For the preparation, make a syrup with the sugar and water. Once your syrup is prepared, let it cool. Mix the hulled and washed strawberries. Pass them through a sieve to remove the seeds. Mix the lemon juice and syrup into the strawberry purée. Put in the ice cream maker and let set for two hours. Shape into balls and serve chilled!
Discover more homemade ice cream recipes in this other blog post: How to make ice cream without a machine ?
How to customize your Valentine's Day Cake?
By opting for the homemade Valentine's Day cake , you will have no trouble finding decorating tips for your dessert. Apart from the choice of the mold that you will use, the decoration will also allow you to bring a personalized touch to your cake.
Decorating ideas such as cutters, heart-shaped embossers, modeling molds and many other ornaments perfect for that special day can be found at specialty baking stores. You can also bet on edible food coloring to give your cake another touch using a pastry airbrush Other decorations come in the form of edible laces and veils, perfect to brighten the eyes and make the happiness of the taste buds.
For decoration, cake outlines , edible rose petals , sprinkles or toppers are perfect for personalizing your desserts. You just have to find the right idea that will best match the spirit you want to make your day. Let yourself be seduced by the different cake kits from our online store and let your imagination do the rest. Your Valentine's Day surprise cake will be even better!
Do it yourself !
Here are some points that you will need to take into account when making your Valentine's Day dessert . As this day is memorable, we recommend that you anticipate your favorite recipe by trying it before the big day. This will save you a lot of problems and the few mistakes of beginners in the kitchen. Admittedly, you may not have the level of the great starred chefs, but with the advice and recipes that we have just offered you, you will be able to delight your soul mate for this romantic dinner ! So, what are you waiting for to get to the stove and make the dessert that best suits your couple and the theme you have chosen for this special day?
Even for those who hate Valentine's Day, make these quick and easy recipes while enjoying your cakes in front of a good single movie at home.
Discover our best cake molds and desserts for this Valentine's Day by clicking on the image below: