Turn romantic home-bakes into absolute show-stoppers with these nifty decorating tricks

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Raspberry swirl cheesecake

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Wooden spoons, icing bags and softened butter at the ready! You don't need Mary and Paul to create a Valentine's Day show-stopper – just take your pick from these super-simple ideas.

 

1. Get chocolate cupcakes all loved up:  slice the tops off your cakes, cut heart shapes out of the lids and fix back on with pink frosting.

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Heart butterfly cakes

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2. Turn ordinary chocolate brownies into red velvet brownie balloons.

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Brownie ballons

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3. Dress strawberries for the occasion: double-dip in white chocolate, then dark, before piping on chocolate bow-ties and buttons.

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Tuxedo strawberries

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4. Top any traybake with designer chocolate lace for added style.

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Chocolate lace

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5. Less of a loaf cake, more of a 'love' cake – reveal your true feelings with this hidden heart, surprise-inside cake.

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6. Send a romantic message with cook's letter stamps on all-butter pastry ...

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Letter stamps

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7. Or, say it with roses. Buttercream roses that is.

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Buttercream roses

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8. It's amazing what you can do with some raspberry sauce and a cocktail stick.

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Raspberry swirl cheesecake

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Happy Valentine's Day everyone!