Tasty Valentine’s Day Treats

Still searching for ideas on how to spoil your loved one this Valentine’s Day? If in doubt, go for a sweet treat

The Caker. Picture / Supplied

The Caker
If you really want to impress your beau, we recommend ordering two of these gorgeous mini heart cakes from The Caker, available for pick-up or delivery on February 14 only. Prettily decorated with flowers, the cakes ($25) are available in two flavours: lemon and raspberry and gluten-free flourless dark chocolate.
— 446 K Rd, Newton

The day of love is huge at Britomart dessert restaurant Milse, with a range of pretty treats to eat in or take away already on offer. Have a gander at its Instagram account for a teaser — think a glazed gateaux ($50, with pistachio, rose water, marshmallow and raspberry) and handmade chocolates ($2.50 each) either in pink (caramelised white chocolate with raspberry and chilli) or black and red (dark chocolate with strawberry and cabernet sauvignon vinegar) — all heart-shaped of course.
— 31 Tyler St, Britomart

Westmere favourite Catroux is doing a mini Valentine’s Day cake for 2-4 people for $17, a smaller version of its coconut and raspberry cake which comes with a layer of passionfruit curd and is covered in mascarpone and toasted coconut thread, lychee and white chocolate. Pick up on February 14 only, or delivery can be arranged .
— 129 West End Rd, Westmere

Little Bird
A lovely way to spend the evening on the 14th is by whisking away your love for a surprise dinner date starring a seriously healthy Valentine’s Day picnic box from Little Bird. For $79 you’ll get a gluten and dairy-free vegan feast featuring a “Love Bird” bowl of good stuff, raw pizza, two strawberry rose nut milks, two chocolate raspberry lava cakes, and two strawberry and white cacao macarons. Note that it’s available for pre-order only.
— 385 New North Rd, Kingsland; cnr Summer St and Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby; 14 Customs St East, Central City

Amy’s Secret Kitchen
The Valentine’s collection at Amy’s includes vanilla cookies in lip or heart shapes (with red marbled icing featuring touches of gold leaf), cupcakes (either red velvet or chocolate) and cakes (any flavour and icing you desire, topping with a crescent of dollops, chocolate shards and edible flowers). From $6.
— 3A/49 Brown St, Ponsonby

Bluebells Cakery
If cupcakes spell “love” for you, have a look at the range at Bluebells Cakery. In gift packs of six or 12, you can choose from berry or chocolate and nutella, or go for 12 mini cupcakes in red velvet. If cupcakes won’t cut the mustard, there are cakes too (semi-naked lemon and raspberry or chocolate and nutella) and cheesecakes (passionfruit or white chocolate and raspberry). From $25.
— 67b France St Sth, Eden Terrace; 161a Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough; Unit 5, 40 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna

Gourmet icecream store Giapo's Valentine's Day treat, Two Become One, is designed to share, so there's no chance of squabbling over the last mouthful. Its two cones come filled with burnt chocolate brulee icecream with a passionfruit and home-grown jalapeno streusel, and are topped with two heart halves made of fine milk chocolate coated in shimmering bronze. 
— 279 Queen St, Auckland Central


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