Valentine's Day is a perfect excuse to indulge in decadent desserts you wouldn't normally eat. Chocolate is the obvious choice, and we've got recipes for classics like molten chocolate cake and doughnuts. But if you don't feel like chocolate, try our light-as-air angel's food cake or boozy raspberry-Campari sorbet. Here are 11 of our favorite Valentine's Day dessert recipes; we're sure you'll find the perfect dish for your special someone.
Molten Chocolate Cake
As much as it can feel like a relic of the '90s, there's something sexy about a rich, gooey molten chocolate cake. Cooking the cake for exactly 12 minutes will set the exterior while keeping the inside, well, molten. We like to serve the cake with whipped cream, berries, and fudge and caramel sauces. The cake serves two—if you love your significant other enough to share.
Chocolate Meringue Cake With Whipped Cream and Raspberries
Making a full-size cake for Valentine's Day lets the love last for a few extra days. This one is made by layering chocolate cake with an airy French meringue, whipped cream, and a raspberry sauce. The meringue is delicate, but if you line the pan with parchment paper you should be able to get the meringue out without damaging it.
No-Bake Chocolate-Nutella "Cheesecake" Verrines
You could make a traditional cheesecake for Valentine's Day, but if you're up for something different then make this deconstructed version. Packed with chocolate, we make it by layering crushed Oreos with Nutella and chocolate cream cheese. Make sure to use regular cream cheese—"whipped" or "spreadable" varieties won't have the right texture.
Double-Chocolate Cream Pie
This dessert is a study in contrasts. The rich, thick chocolate custard will satisfy even the most ardent chocolate lover, but it's made even better by the light, fluffy Swiss meringue. The recipe has quite a few steps, so we'd recommend making the pie crust a day ahead of time.
The Best Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons
If your partner loves coconut, then they'll love these chewy coconut macaroons. They're traditionally made with sweetened condensed milk, but we love the flavor you get from using dulce de leche instead. And since it's Valentine's Day, we finish them with a dip in bittersweet chocolate.
The Darkest Dark Chocolate Ice Cream
Everyone has their own opinion on chocolate—for me, the darker the better. This chocolate ice cream has a serious dark chocolate kick. Part of that comes from 70% cocoa dark chocolate and high-quality cocoa powder, but we also infuse cocoa nibs into the base for a fruity bitterness.
Chocolate-Frosted Heart-Shaped Doughnuts
Doughnuts aren't the fanciest dessert, but who can resist something heart-shaped on Valentine's Day? These are adapted from our yeast doughnut recipe, cut into hearts, and decorated with a chocolate glaze and pink sprinkles (of course, feel free to get creative with the decorations).
Effortless Angel Food Cake
Angel food cake is incredibly elegant, but also super easy. All you have to do is whip up egg whites and sugar until almost stiff, stir in cake flour, and bake. Do it right and you'll end up with a delicate, light-as-air cake. Try serving the cake with lemon chantilly and fresh berries for a lighter alternative to our chocolate desserts.
5-Ingredient Strawberry Shortcakes
Strawberry shortcakes with just five ingredients? It's possible thanks to our super easy 2-minute biscuits made with self-rising flour. We add some sugar to the biscuits, and once they're done we serve them with sliced strawberries and homemade whipped cream.
Light and Easy 5-Minute Fruit Mousse
Our strawberry shortcakes only take about half an hour, but if you want something even faster then this mousse is for you. You can make it in just five minutes by blending together frozen fruit, sugar, and an egg white in a food processor. Eat it as is or with homemade whipped cream and fresh fruit.
I know Valentine's Day is all about sweetness, but this sorbet leans tart and pleasantly bitter. Since all the sugar in a sorbet can overwhelm the nuanced flavor of fresh raspberries, we add Campari to replace some of the fruit's bitterness. The booze has the added benefit of making the sorbet softer and more scoopable.