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Valentine’s Day Recipes

February 7, 2016

With Valentine’s Day coming up, you might be thinking about making a special treat for your sweetheart. I’ve rounded up 14 of my favourite, indulgent – some healthy, but delicious –  treats and desserts that you could share this February 14th without the guilt of over-indulging. Since Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday, you have the whole weekend to prep and make these delicious treats. 

Adam and I have our usual valentine tradition – sushi ordered in while watching Valentine’s Day, the movie. When Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday, this is the ideal celebration. Honestly, even on a Friday or Saturday this is a pretty good situation, since we’re not the ‘going out’ type.  This year we’re actually going away for the weekend with four of our friends, but sushi may still be in the cards for Sunday night.

Whether there’s two of you – or four, these Valentine’s Day desserts are sure to please everyone. 

Here’s 14 Valentine’s Day recipes to suit your fancy (or un-fancy) plans.

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Naked Chocolate Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

A decadent, yet light, cake topped with coconut cream and sliced strawberries – small enough for two to share guilt-free. 

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Chocolate Stout Brownies

definitely on the indulgent side, these brownies are made with chocolate stout, topped with a stout buttercream and finished with vanilla beer brittle. your man (and you) will love these.

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Raw, Vegan Chocolate Turtles

simple, yet decadent, these raw vegan chocolate turtles are easy enough to whip up before your valentine comes over for a healthy after-dinner nibble

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Hasselback Apples

don’t be fooled by how healthy they look, these are so, so good – you’d think they were bad for you. 

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Raw, Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake

rich, creamy and full of healthy fats – half the recipe for two 😉

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Flourless Two Bite Brownies

just like the addictive store-bought brownies, these are just as chewy and fudgey

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Best Chocolate Quinoa Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

don’t be fooled by the secret ingredient, you’re valentine will never know that this moist, rich cake is actually made with quinoa!

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Vegan Brownies

make these in individual serving sized dishes, or in a pan

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Raspberry Brownies

fudgey, rich and made with spelt flour

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Cookies & Cream Cupcakes

Adam’s favourite ice-cream flavour is Oreo – half the recipe!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache Torte

inspired by dessert shot-glasses, these ganache tortes are rich and satisfying, yet healthy

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Chocolate Raspberry Peanut Butter Cups

a classic flavour combo couple, pb & j

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Raw Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse

this raw mousse is thick, creamy, and silky smooth

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Naked Chocolate Cake for Valentine’s Day

February 1, 2016

Naked Chocolate Cake for Valentine's Day // Bakeaholic.ca

Naked Chocolate Cake for Valentine's Day // Bakeaholic.ca

This tastefully naked chocolate cake is everything and more for Valentine’s Day. First, it’s naked, second, it’s chocolate, third, it has chocolate. covered. strawberries – the official symbolic food of Valentine’s Day.

I could go into all sorts of naked cake innuendo, but we’ll save that for later. 

January seemed to go by slow, yet fast. The beginning dragged on, as it always does at the beginning of the year. The weeks after the holidays are always sort of foggy. But now It’s February and it feels like we’re speeding ahead into 2016. 

If you already have plans for Valentine’s Day, add this naked chocolate cake to the mix. If you don’t have plans for Valentine’s Day, plan to make this naked chocolate cake and share it with someone. I wasn’t going to tell you that Adam and I finished this cake in two days – but we did. And it was delicious. 

Naked Chocolate Cake for Valentine's Day // Bakeaholic.ca

I had thought up this cake quite a while ago, and had been impatiently waiting for February to roll around so I could share it.

I fell in love with the ‘naked’ or ‘bare’ cake craze while planning our wedding. I had wanted a ‘naked’ cake for our wedding. I love the look of naked cakes, with the sides exposed and the frosting rustically layered in between. There are two ways to go about it, one – top the cake layers and leave unfrosted, or two – leave a pseudo ‘crumb coating’ look with a very thin layer of frosting around all sides with cake peeking deliciously through. They’re usually adorned with fresh fruit or flowers and they’re visually stunning.

I like both styles, depending on the overall look you are going for. I ended up making our wedding cake – because, baker. I was actually quite calm the morning before the wedding making the cake, trying not to worry about if it would make it until the next day or not – it did, thank god, avoiding a bridal-meltdown.

Naked Chocolate Cake for Valentine's Day // Bakeaholic.ca

This chocolate cake is perfectly moist and light, layered with coconut cream and sliced strawberries and topped with chocolate dipped strawberries – it has all the Valentine’s Day iconic treats, chocolate covered strawberries, whipped cream, and chocolate. The flavours and colours are the perfect pairing for Valentine’s Day. This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, so you have lots of time to prep and bake this delicious treat to share with your special someone – or, let’s be real, eat it in it’s entirety yourself. 

Naked Chocolate Cake for Valentine's Day // Bakeaholic.ca
Naked Chocolate Cake for Valentine's Day // Bakeaholic.ca
Naked Chocolate Cake for Valentine's Day // Bakeaholic.ca

Naked Chocolate Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  2. 1 3/4 cups flour or gluten-free flour blend
  3. 3/4 cup dark cocoa
  4. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  6. 2 eggs, room temperature
  7. 1 cup dairy-free milk
  8. 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  9. 2 tsp. vanilla
  10. 1 cup boiling water (or fresh, strong brewed coffee)
  11. 1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks or chocolate chips
Frosting
  1. 1 can coconut cream, chilled (not milk)
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  1. 4-5 Strawberries, washed and dried
  2. 1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks or chips
  3. 1 tsp. coconut oil
  4. Strawberries, washed and dried and sliced for cake filling.
To Bake
  1. Line two 6-inch round cake pans with parchment.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350-degrees.
  3. In medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  4. Add the chocolate to the butter and stir to melt. Whisk in the cocoa powder.
  5. Add the eggs, milk and vanilla to the dry ingredients and blend together. Stir in melted chocolate.
  6. Blend well.
  7. Add the boiling water and mix slowly.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  9. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
  10. Allow to cool completely before removing from pan. Slide knife around the edges and turn out onto cooling rack.
To Assemble
  1. Heat chocolate in microwave in 1-minute intervals on 50% power until melted. Stir in coconut oil. Dip or drizzle washed and dried strawberries in chocolate and place on parchment paper or foil to set.
  2. Slice tops of cakes flat and even using a serrated knife.
  3. Whip chilled coconut cream with hand mixer, on high until light and fluffy. Place first cake layer on cake plate, top with half of the whipped coconut cream. Using a offset spatula spread evenly. Add sliced strawberries in single layer. Top with second cake layer and rest of coconut cream, spread evenly over top.
  4. Place chocolate covered strawberries on top. Store at room temperature before serving. Place leftovers in refrigerator.
Notes
  1. I like to keep a can of coconut cream in the fridge so it's ready when I need it. If you don't have a chilled can, just scoop it out into a metal mixing bowl and chill in freezer until you need it.
  2. Cake can be stored in fridge for 2-3 days.
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New Years Eve

2015

December 31, 2015

2015 will always have a special place in my heart. there was lots happening this year with wedding planning and all the events leading up to the wedding. there were stressful times, excitement and feelings of being overjoyed. it seems crazy that another year has come to an end, but it sure was a memorable one. i’ll never forget 2015. here’s some of the highlights from the past year:

we rung in the new year in bali, indonesia.

adam and i went to indonesia for three weeks at the end of last year. it was definitely a trip we’ll remember, with crazy day-long train and bus rides where we thought we were going to die, sketchy hotels, delicious food, amazing views and resorts and monkeys playing on the roof of our hotel. it was fun, but there is definitely nothing like being home for the holidays.

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revolver cafe, seminyak, indonesia

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elephant caves, ubud, indonesia

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ringing in the new year on the beach in seminyak, indonesia with approx. 20,000 other people. it was insane and crazy and amazing

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I ran my first sun run! my sister in-laws and I ran the sun run together. I feel that i’m more of a vancouverite now that i’ve checked that one off the list. 

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I had the most amazing bachelorette weekend! It seems like so long ago now – it was so much fun and so much effort and thought was put into it by my bridesmaids.

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and had tons of adventures with this guy.

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and of course, we got married.

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it was the most amazing, wonderful, unforgettable day of my life. i’ll share some more about it in the new year!

Wishing you all the best in 2016!