Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart, or treating yourself, these lovable holiday-themed desserts will make you wonder why they aren’t available year-round.
Valentine’s Day Personal Cakes (shown above)
These small cakes are about four and a half inches wide and five inches tall. They serve two people (or if you want to eat a whole one yourself, we won’t tell). Cakes like these are sold throughout the year; however for the holiday, they get decorated beautifully in hearts, flowers, and colored in all pink, red and white.
“We just wanted to do something a little different,” said Jay Muse, Co-Owner and Senior Cake Designer on his creative cake outlook.
If you don’t want a personal cake, try something from their seasonal menu. There are single cupcakes with similar designs as the cakes. The bakery also makes cupcakes with a large version of candy hearts that say messages like, “Text Me” on it. You can also try heart-shaped pink and white cookies (a Valentine’s Day take on the classic “black and white” cookie).
The bakery was opened on Valentine’s Day twenty years ago, so come celebrate with them this year!
This bakery, founded in 2009, creates quirky decorated cookies for Valentine’s Day. Some cookies are designed to be in the shape of a beehive with the saying, “Honey, bee mine.” Another pizza-shaped cookie says, “You’ve got a pizza my heart.”
“They are made from scratch and hand decorated by me and my other baker Sam Ingersoll,” says owner Cait Dwyer. “Our cookies taste really yummy as well as are really gorgeous!”
If you’re not in the mood for puns, try the ever-popular breakable chocolate hearts filled with other goodies, cocoa bombs, or the cupcake of the week: chocolate covered strawberry.
This artisan bakery goes all out for Valentine’s Day — their 100% organic, locally sourced, sustainable treats get transformed into hearts.
Perhaps their most romantic dish is the cream puff for two. This puff is transformed from a rounded pastry to a heart, filled with organic dairy cream from grass-fed cows and fresh strawberries, sprinkled with powdered sugar in each layer.
If you want something more chocolatey, try their flourless chocolate cake (in the shape of a heart, of course), or their cheesecake decorated with dark chocolate hearts.
This year’s sweets include heart-shaped Linzer heart cookies, and decadent heart-shared French macarons.
Small, Simple and Romantic Sweets
Good things come in small packages. Open from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, this French pastry and cake shop will be selling a variety of delicious treats, tiny in stature yet jam-packed with flavor. Among them are dark chocolate truffles, coconut macaroons, V-Day chocolate pops, “honey” marshmallows, and holiday cocoa bombs.
Everything hand-made in house as well as created with passion by Chef Mariana Gambini and her staff. Flourless options are available.
Nothing expresses emotions in the modern day more than the emoji. It’s … literally part of their name? This gluten-free, dairy-free, and certified kosher bakery knows how to bring cute and silly charm to the holiday.
The bakery is making “Emoji Throwing a Kiss” cakes and cupcakes. They introduced emoji-themed products in 2015, the same year that the Oxford English Dictionary selected the “Tears of Joy” emoji as their Word of the Year.
They are also bringing back their heart-shaped sugar cookies, which are sold in graduated sizes in a bag of three. “We think it’s a great way to say, ‘Be Mine,’” says founder and CEO of By The Way, Helene Godin.
Back on their menu this year is also a mini red velvet bundt cakes, tiny chocolate truffle tortes, romantic cupcakes, and pink filling whoopie pies.
Gilded Sugar Cookies
The bakers at this Tarrytown staple are working overtime for the most romantic day of the year, churning out epic creations like their red velvet heart cake with white chocolate icing and sugar roses, banana cream and dulce de leche cakes, chocolate fudge Nutella brownies, and plenty more. Still, the real star of the show is the “Box of Romantic Cookie Art.”
Featuring intricate designs and golden accents, show your partner romance with a bicycle built for two, a love note composing typewriter, and a daydreaming cherub.
“Chef Pricilla and Chef Luis have taken the cookie to a whole new level,” says owner RiverMarket Glenn Vogt.