If you have a sweet tooth yourself or want to treat someone who has one, there are more than enough sweets to go around this Valentines Day. Here are some of the most tempting creations we've come across so far.
The Jellyologist – 'Lovers Elixir'
Straight from The Jellyologist's test kitchen, this dessert is the least traditional Valentines treat you're likely to find. Inspired by the emerald's passion-giving powers (as described in Crystal Lore), the 'Lover's Elixir' comes complete with glitter, as well as your own special message sealed inside. Find out more here.
The Caker – Heart-shaped Cakes
Full of interesting flavours and always gorgeously decorated, The Caker's creations are never half-hearted. The Caker's doors will be open on Saturday (www.thecaker.co.nz to view The Caker's full Valentines Day collection.rom 11-2pm for you to pop by if you're after one of these sweet heart-shaped rhubarb cakes to gift or keep. Pop past
Little Bird Organics – Picnic Packs
Little Bird Organics are offering these gorgeous picnic packs filled with their 'unbaked' goodies for Valentines. Soak up the sun and enjoy a sandwich, strawberry nut mylks, a vege-filled bird bowl and two of their rich dessert options. The boxes are available to pick up from their Kingsland cafe in Auckland, find out more at littlebirdorganics.co.nz.
Bluebell's Cakery – Valentines Cheesecake
Karla Goodwin of Bluebell's Cakery is offering a special selection of Valentines baking, including these stunning cheesecakes. There are also cookies, cupcakes and drizzle cakes available in the sweetest shades of pink to order through bluebellscakery.com.
Newcomers Little Dough Co. have been offering up their tempting wares to Wellingtonians for a while now and have come up with a special Valentines-inspired flavour for the weekend. Find their freshly baked doughnuts topped with peach glaze, roses and toasted almonds at Customs Brew Bar (39 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro) and Vic Books this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Milse – Gelato Sticks
The most romantic way to combat the summer heat has got to be Milse's divine red velvet and cheesecake gelato sticks; you'll find them at Milse on both Saturday and Sunday. Their white chocolate, strawberry, macadamia and prosecco gateux also make the dessert bar well worth a Valentines visit! You'll also find a range of Valentines gift boxes, perfect for a last minute present.
If you're after a Valentines date spot it would be hard to pick a better spot than Miann. Serving incredible, artistic desserts made with only the best ingredients, head chef Brian Campbell's desserts are impressive as they are delicious. They also offer gift boxes brimming with their delectable creations, you'll find them at 57 Fort Street in Auckland's CBD.
Wholefood heroes Mondays are serving up their lemon and white chocolate Love Cakes (the hearts are made of strawberry coulis) this Valentines. It comes by the slice or as a whole cake – you can preorder yours by visiting www.mondayswholefoods.com.
Also worth noting...
- Wellington favourites Louis Sergeant Sweet Couture are offering a Valentines high tea complete with live French music from days gone by. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
- Yael Schochat and the team at Ima Restaurant are also offering complimentary desserts with Valentines bookings, as well as a special offer on champagne. Visit their Facebook to find out more about their delicious Israeli menu.
- If it's ice cream you're after, the genuises at both Sweet Val's and Giapo have mentioned they're in the process of whipping up a special Valentine's creation. Whichever vendor you choose, it's sure to be one of the most memorable ice creams you devour this year. Visit Sweet Val's website to see where their truck will be popping up over the weekend. You'll find Giapo at 267-287 Queen Street.
Have a delicious Valentines!