14 Decadent Desserts for Valentine's Day At Home

Sweet treats for you and your sweetie

chocolate and amaretto torte

 Elaine Lemm

Want to cook up something impressive for Valentine's Day? Treat your Valentines to a delicious homemade dessert made with love! Whether you're a beginning baker or want to show off your flair with a torch, we've rounded up decadent treats for every skill level. Browse our top Valentine's Day dessert recipes from easy, one-bowl chocolate cakes to the cutest conversation heart cookies, lemony creme brulee, and festive treats flavored with champagne, fruits, and rose petals.

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    Heart-Shaped Valentine's Day Cake

    Heart-Shaped Valentine's Day Cake

    The Spruce/Kristina Vanni

    Even beginner bakers can pull off this adorable, heart-shaped Valentine's Day cake that starts with a boxed cake mix. It's a snap to assemble sliced round cake layers into the shape of a heart with the easy instructions. Frost your homemade cake with a billowy, pink-tinted topping made from convenient, packaged ingredients, and decorate with candies or sprinkles.

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    Chocolate Mousse

    Chocolate Mousse

    The Spruce/Kristina Vanni

    Fluffy, decadent chocolate mousse is the quintessential romantic French dessert, and an essential recipe for chocoholics to know. It is an ideal treat to offer at the end of a special meal because it can be made ahead and kept in the fridge until you need it. Whip up a creamy batch in only 10 minutes, allowing several hours of chilling time to set.

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    Champagne Cupcakes

    Champagne Cupcakes

    The Spruce/Kristina Vanni

    If your Valentine's Day plans include popping the cork on a bottle of champagne, why not reserve some of that bubbly goodness to create a special dessert? Light and airy champagne cupcakes topped with a luscious, champagne-infused vanilla frosting are a wonderful treat for all manner of special occasion, from Valentine's Day to New Year's Eve, wedding showers, and Mother's Day brunch.

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    Bananas Foster

    Bananas Foster

    The Spruce/Kristina Vanni

    Bananas Foster is a delectable dessert and an after-dinner show all in one. The showstopping, flambeed dessert from New Orleans is made by sauteeing bananas in a cinnamon-scented butter and brown sugar sauce. Banana liqueur and rum are then added to the pan, and ignited with a flame, to produce a dramatic effect, and caramelize the fruit. Serve topped the traditional way with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, for a memorable Valentine's dessert.

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    Tiramisu Truffles

    Tiramisu Truffles photo

    The Spruce/Elizabeth LaBau

    These truffles take a classic fine dining dessert and pack all the flavor into one bite. Tiramisu truffles are smooth white chocolate truffles flavored with mascarpone cheese and coffee to mimic the taste of the classic tiramisu dessert. Add a dash of rum extract or brandy to make them even more authentic.

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    Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake

    Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cake

    The Spruce/Diana Rattray

    There is something truly fun about digging your fork into a miniature chocolate cake, and releasing a flow of molten chocolate. You won't believe how quick and easy it is to produce rich, impressive chocolate lava cakes in the Instant Pot. It takes just a few minutes to make the included raspberry sauce for topping, using frozen berries. Make the sauce a day ahead, if you like, and refrigerate until it's time to serve dessert.

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    Malabi Rose Water Milk Pudding

    Malabi Rose Water Milk Pudding

    The Spruce/Ahlam Raffii

    Rose water pudding is a must-try for all romantics who have a sweet tooth. This iconic, Middle Eastern chilled dessert is silky and light, with a delicately flower-scented custard. Topped with a heavenly raspberry-rose syrup, and sprinkled with chopped pistachios, it is a true taste for the taste buds, and the perfect dessert for February 14th.

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    Lemon Creme Brulee

    Lemon Creme Brulee

    The Spruce/Diana Rattray

    Lemon creme brulee is the ultimate, restaurant-style dessert for lemon lovers. It is astonishingly easy to create at home, with a creamy custard that sings with sharp lemon flavor, and a shattering sugar crust. You don't need any special equipment for this dessert that comes together quickly, sets up in a few hours in the fridge, and can be finished under your oven's broiler, or with a chef's propane torch.

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    Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies

    Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies

    The Spruce/Elizabeth LaBau

    Bursting with love? Express your sweetest feelings with cookies this Valentine's Day. It's so easy to bake up a batch of buttery, large sugar cookies, and glaze them with colorful royal icing to look just like oversized conversation hearts. Get creative in coming up with customized messages for your cookies, which are great for gifting to adults and kids alike.

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    Strawberry Brownies

    Strawberry Brownies

    The Spruce/Kristina Vanni

    Swoon-worthy strawberry brownies will delight chocolate-lovers and fruit dessert fans alike. The rich, fudgy chocolate brownies are loaded with chopped, juicy strawberries for a explosion of sweet and tart tastes in every bite. Make them with fresh or frozen berries, thawing and draining the fruit well if frozen.

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    Flourless Chocolate and Amaretto Torte

    chocolate and amaretto torte

    The Spruce/Elaine Lemm

    Dense, dark, and decadent, flourless chocolate cake checks all the boxes for every palate. It needs only 7 ingredients and offers pure, chocolate goodness with a subtle hint of amaretto in every forkful. This gluten-free cake is rich enough on its own, but even better topped with raspberries, raspberry sauce, and whipped cream.

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    Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

    Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

    The Spruce/Elaine Lemm

    There's nothing quite so romantic as a fresh, juicy berry dipped in rich, melted chocolate. You need only 10 minutes, and 3 ingredients, to pull together an elegant platter of chocolate-covered strawberries to share with that special someone on V-Day. Use a good-quality semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, and allow 30 minutes of chilling time between dipping and serving.

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    Cardamom Salted Caramel Pears

    Cardamom Salted Caramel Pears

    The Spruce/Anita Schecter

    Juicy, fresh pears dipped in sticky-sweet salted caramel are a wondrous dessert that looks absolutely stunning on the table. Think of them as a fancy-schmancy take on caramel apples for grown-ups. Prepare these perfectly spiced and sauced fruit treats in 30 minutes, to wrap up your festive dinner.

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    Raspberry Nutella Hearts

    nutella hearts

    The Spruce/Leah Maroney

    What's better than a box of chocolate-covered raspberries? The answer is these light, yet indulgent puff pastry hearts. Bonus: These sweet little hearts are loaded with everyone's favorite chocolate spread, Nutella! A few raspberries give the pastry a nice tart bite. Plus, they also look super pretty on a smear of Nutella.