You know the joke about how calories don’t count on your birthday? Well, it’s totally true on Valentine’s Day. Okay, maybe it’s not but it should be. Sure, Valentine’s Day is about love, romance, hearts, and flowers, but it’s also about food and in particular, decadent desserts like chocolates and cakes.
What can be more romantic than sharing one of those decadent desserts with the one you love? Sharing them without the worry about calories, that’s what. Valentine’s Day is not the time for thoughts of “Am I eating too much?” “Will he think I’m a glutton?” “Do I look fat?” No, it’s a time for desire, lust and satisfying your appetite for love, romance, and cake.
And not those little cakes that are meant to be eaten by one or two people, max. No, we’re talking full cakes – the kind that can normally feed a crowd. We’re talking chocolate cakes, carrot cakes, no-bake cakes, ice cream cakes, cheesecakes, and even raw cakes. Here are 15 full-sized cakes for you and your Valentine to share on the one day of the year calories shouldn’t count.
1. Four Layer Raw Rainbow Ice Cream Cake with Vanilla Bliss Balls
Raspberries, avocados, blueberries, and saffron lend their colors and flavors to this show-stopping Four Layer Raw Rainbow Ice Cream Cake with Vanilla Bliss Balls. The pastels make it look like something out of a fairytale! As if this cake wasn’t amazing enough, it’s topped with coconut-crusted vanilla bliss balls. This is the perfect cake to share with your Prince Charming.
2. Raw Raspberry and Chocolate Cheesecake
This decadent Raw Raspberry and Chocolate Cheesecake is certainly a thing of beauty. It sits atop a crust of dates and raw cashews and hazelnuts. The chocolate filling is smooth and creamy while raspberries add a fruity note that prevents it from being overly rich. Decorate the top with fresh raspberries and you’ve got a romantic and luscious treat for Valentine’s Day.
3. No-Bake Strawberry Ice Cream Tart
What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with this No-Bake Strawberry Ice Cream Tart? The crust, filling and topping all come together in a blender or food processor so you can better spend your time on other activities. By the time it firms up in the freezer, you’ll have probably worked up an appetite so you can feel good about indulging.
4. Brown Butter Cardamom Cake with Chai Buttercream Frosting
Chocolate isn’t the only decadent flavor for dessert. This Brown Butter Cardamom Cake with Chai Buttercream Frosting is dense, chai-spiced and has rich frosting that’s irresistible. It’s the little details that matter — by browning the butter prior to using it for the cake, you create a subtly unique taste. This cake can give chocolate a run for its money.
5. German Chocolate Cake
This German Chocolate Cake has multiple layers of chocolatey goodness. It is a rich chocolate cake covered in a rich chocolatey frosting and then topped with a nutty coconut layer. This gorgeous dessert is the ultimate decadent Valentine’s Day cake to share with the one you love.
6. Chocolate Beet Cake
This Chocolate Beet Cake has several shades of red deliciousness. The recipe includes pureed beets which add a layer of earthiness to its rich flavor. Dark red pomegranate seeds and a raspberry glaze add yet another layer of complexity, resulting in a cake like no other. All the red layers are perfect for Valentine’s Day.
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7. Chocolate Coconut Chip Cake
Can you have chocolate cake for breakfast? You bet. This Chocolate Coconut Chip Cake is vegan, gluten-free and sweetened naturally. Just skip the topping (or not) and dollop a little coconut yogurt and fresh fruit on top and you have a delicious and indulgent breakfast treat for Valentine’s Day morning or the next morning (wink, wink).
8. Vanilla Masala Chai Tea Cake
Add some spice to your Valentine’s Day date with this Vanilla Masala Chai Tea Cake. It’s delicious, decadent, and fragrant. This stunning layer cake is infused with the fragrant flavors of masala chai. It’s a perfect dessert for a special occasion or anytime you just want to spice things up.
9. No-Bake Cashew Chocolate Mousse Cake with Fresh Mint
Sometimes you just want a beautiful, decadent cake but don’t want to expend the effort of turning on the oven. This delectable No-Bake Cashew Chocolate Mousse Cake with Fresh Mint makes it possible! Made with dates that add a fruity note that complements the filling, this cake will let you save your energy for other Valentine’s Day activities.
10. Italian Cream Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Italians know about love and this Italian Cream Bundt Cake is proof of that. This vegan version of the classic dessert has a few variations, from the choice to make it in a bundt pan to topping it with a vegan cream cheese frosting that is creamy and decadent. That’s amore!
11. Lemon Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache
You may know that orange and chocolate go really well together, but lemon and chocolate are also a delicious pair. In this Lemon Cake with Dark Chocolate Ganache, the tanginess of the lemon complements the rich, smooth chocolate perfectly. There’s dark chocolate ganache in the cake and on the cake for a double dose of decadent deliciousness.
12. Double Decker Carrot Cake
This may look like a regular carrot cake, but this Double Decker Carrot Cake is unlike any you’ve had before. This is a no-bake carrot cake with a silky cashew cream cheese frosting. If you like carrot cake, you will love this cake that has zero consequences. You can eat this vegan carrot cake for breakfast, lunch dinner, or dessert, guilt free!
13. No-Bake Chocolate Banana Cream Cake
Forget the oven, you’ll be making your own heat on Valentine’s Day. This No-Bake Chocolate Banana Cream Cake is made in a blender. With its nougat base, banana layer, chocolate cream layer, and coconut whipped cream, this cake may look like it takes a lot of work. In reality, it’s ready in minutes. Not only is this cake pretty healthy, but it’s also heavenly delicious and totally decadent!
14. No-Bake Sweet Potato Cake
This super fudgy, rich, and dense vegan No-Bake Sweet Potato Cake is such a perfect treat for Valentine’s Day. It’s perfectly sweet, super chocolatey, and extremely satisfying. This recipe is really quick and easy to make.
15. Chocolate Almond Espresso Cake
You can have coffee with your cake, or you can have coffee in your cake. This Chocolate Almond Espresso Cake is rich and chocolatey. Then it’s topped with a delicious chocolate espresso sauce. The coffee will give you both a little more energy for your Valentine’s Day … or night.
Of course, you and your date don’t have to eat a whole cake by yourselves, but the point is you can if you want to. And no one will judge you because it’s Valentine’s Day and calories don’t count.
Lead image source: Chocolate Beet Cake