You don’t need the time or rose-piping skills to make a special cake for Valentine’s Day.
Start with a plain iced cake from your favorite bakery, and add your own touches.
First, remove any plastic rose or other mundane decoration that may come with the cake. Then, depending on what treats your sweetie or family prefer, consider:
Crushed red and white peppermints
Red, pink and white Jelly Belly jelly beans mix, M&Ms mix, gum drops
Small chocolate hearts or white chocolate hearts
Fresh raspberries or whole or sliced strawberries
Small strawberries half-dipped in melted chocolate
Rose petals (wash to remove pesticides or buy organic flowers)
Anything that appeals to you in the candy store
Buy an iced chocolate cake—a round
cake is just fine—and top with chocolate
truffles and/or malted milk balls. Photo
courtesy Wilton.com, which has lots of cake ideas.
Consider edging the top rim of the cake with one type of garnish and placing a large item in the center: a larger chocolate or chocolate marshmallow heart, an entire blossom or a trio of large strawberries, for example.