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Sweetheart Sweets

The way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. So why not hand out these adorable cakes, pies and pops to demonstrate that true love and appreciation comes in all shapes, sizes and calories.

Tiffany Duncan
Chelsi Fisher
January 29, 2018

Valentine’s Day is one of the most — if not THE most — underrated holidays of the year. February 14 gets a bum rap because many see it as a money-grubbing racket encouraged by the greeting card companies. And many singles may feel personally mocked by the pink and red grocery store aisle that just won’t quit this time of year.

But Valentine’s Day is emphatically not just a day for couples! It’s a day to let anyone and everyone in your life know just how much they are loved, and how much you appreciate them. It’s a perfect day to make and decorate colorful sweets with your kids, take a homemade treat a neighbor who might be feeling lonely, or to get fancy and go out for some chocolate cake and bubbly with your girlfriends (thank you, Leslie Knope, for the concept of Galentine’s Day).

Whatever you end up doing, here are three recipes for colorful, festive, and 100 percent adorable treats to help you hand out the love this Valentine’s Day.

Molly Yeh’s Almond Cake

Owing to its fluffy egg white batter and generous smattering of Danish almond paste, this light, airy cake tastes like it came straight from Petty’s (R.I.P.). Beautiful and delicate, this cake is sure to delight, but make sure you have some time to devote when tackling this recipe, as it’s a bit fussy (although totally worth it).

Molly Yeh’s Almond Cake (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)
‍Molly Yeh’s Almond Cake (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)

Raspberry Jam-Filled Heart Pies

With only five ingredients, these little sweeties are maybe the easiest, most perfect Valentine’s treat to bake in batches for family and friends, or to wrap up individually in cellophane bags to hand out like cupid at the office. Whether or not you decide to shoot them at your coworkers using an arrow is up to you.

Raspberry Jam-Filled Heart Pies (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)
‍Raspberry Jam-Filled Heart Pies (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)

Strawberry “Cake” Pops

A much less sugary alternative to an actual cake pop, these guys are a fun way for kids to get involved in the decorating process.

Strawberry “Cake” Pops (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)
‍Strawberry “Cake” Pops (Photo: Chelsi Fisher)