If the high number of Covid-19 cases are putting you on edge, it may be better to lay low this Valentine’s Day. But that doesn’t mean your plans are for naught. Let your loved ones know how much they mean to you by surprising them with something sweet. These treats are great to show appreciation for friends and family too.
Keju by Carmen
You’ve heard of breakfast in bed, but how does dessert in bed sound? Dial up the romance with Keju by Carmen’s Heart & Roses set, which is loaded with brownies, meringue kisses and macarons (among other treats) alongside an assortment of berries. A savoury variety is also available, featuring cranberry cheese paired with an array of fresh fruits, honey and crackers. While the platters can be ordered as is, the upgrade — inclusive of a reusable tray, bottle of red wine and two wine glasses — sets the romantic scene for you without additional hassle.
Heart & Roses, RM350; Platter in Bed, RM590. Feb 11-20. Order online here.
The spirited team at Bray Bakery is championing young bakers by letting them lead the way in the kitchen. The youngest of the lot, Elise (18), who is chasing her dreams of becoming a pastry chef, has crafted Bray’s limited-edition sourdough macarons for V-day. Sandwiched between the speckled shells are tangy passion fruit curd and fragrant rose jam — a much-appreciated departure from the usual cloying flavours. Alternatively, if buttery pastries bring more delight, Bray also has a box of assorted croissants up for grabs.
RM28 for a box of six macarons; RM40 for a box of four croissants. Order here.
Baker Next Door
Handpicked and air-flown from Japan, coveted Awayuki white strawberries top Baker Next Door’s limited-edition Valentine’s Day dessert. Dubbed Sweetie Pie, the treat is constructed with a strawberry cream cheese base, white chocolate and their signature digestive crown. Take it up a notch by opting for the bouquet set, presented with romantic pink roses, frilly eustoma and white spray roses assembled by florist Witchwood. Pre-order 48 hours in advance for the bouquet.
Sweetie Pie, RM45; Bouquet set, RM288. DM Baker Next Door on Instagram here.
Embrace variety this Valentine’s Day by ordering Elevete Patisserie’s Signature Petit Gâteaux, which features a tangy yuzu tart that has a crumbly texture from the pâte sablée and fluffy vanilla sponge; a vanilla chiffon with strawberry lime compote; a dark chocolate creméux with silky coffee chantilly cream; and Ispahan — a raspberry macaron filled with fluffy rose and lychee buttercream. Available until Mar 15, the quartet is paired with a bouquet of preserved flowers to complete the gift.
RM153. Until Mar 15. Order here.
Surprise your loved one this weekend with Jaslyn Cakes' meringue-based dainty. Presented as a five-inch heart shape topped with whipped cream, raspberry compote, mixed berries and peaches, the petite assemblage is the perfect pavlova for two. It also comes with a cake topper bearing the message “I Love You!”, packed in a clear box tied with a crimson grosgrain ribbon.
Your closest friends deserve some attention too. Celebrate Galentine’s Day — which falls on the 13th — by sharing a box of 10 bombolinis with your gal pals. The range of flavours to choose from has widened, now that there is an additional mint chocolate chip — a classical favourite; milo dinosaur to bring you back to your childhood; and raspberry cheese to suit those with a liking for creamy delicacies. The box is accompanied by a pair of miniature enamel pins to ornament your belongings.
RM77. Order here.