A la Mode
A la Mode’s patriotic Star-Spangled Sour Cherry is reborn as the Sweetheart Cherry, underscored with almond and topped with a buttery crust of heart cutouts.
When to order: A day ahead; will also be available in store
Choose from an array of chocolates and pink-frosted shortbreads or the Aphrodite cake: lemon fromage blanc mousse over a thin layer of cherry-soaked sponge cake and raspberry gelee; an apricot glaze, madeleines, and a pink rose petal finish it off. The cake also comes in a three-inch mini size.
When to order: Two days ahead
Price: $33/large Aphrodite; $5/small Aphrodite; $1.75/cookie; chocolate boxes range from $10.50–$50
Belle Pastry goes the traditional route and serves up a ton of chocolate options. There are also strawberry tarts in small and large sizes and heart-shaped strawberry cake.
When to order: 24 hours in advance; large tarts are available by advance order only
Price: Chocolates $4-$40; small tarts $6, large tarts $10.50
CCR’s cupcake of the month is strawberry champagne—a perfumy vanilla cake spiked with bubbly and smothered in strawberry buttercream, then finished off with edible gold sequins. And available till Valentine’s Day is the frighteningly rich Deathcake Royale: a Theo chocolate base infused with Stumptown espresso ganache and topped with a band of fleur de sel.
When to order: 24 hours ahead; strawberry champagne available in-store the whole month of February; Deathcake Royale available through February 14
Price: $3/Deathcake; $3.75/cupcake
Essential Bakery Cafe
Essential Bakery offers tarts for two in salted caramel or mixed berry flavor, plus a bigger berry tart with a chocolate base and cream filling. Grab a couple of raspberry whoopie pies on your way out.
When to order: Two days in advance
Price: $6/small tart; $12/large tart; $3.25/whoopie pie
High 5 Pie
The butter-crusted El Caliente is a Mexican chocolate mini cream pie spiced with traditional cinnamon and cayenne. “Piepops” come in apple or cherry-almond.
When to order: By February 12
Price: $3.50/pie; $5/piepop, $15/bouquet of three piepops
The February special is Strawberry Kisses cake: three layers of devil’s food and strawberry mousse with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Also find heart cookies of all sorts and chocolate-and-buttercream petits fours.
When to order: 24 hours in advance
Price: $24/Strawberry Kisses cake; $0.55-1.50/cookie; $5/petit four
Shoofly Pie Co.
Shoofly’s pie of the month is a brownie-esque black forest tart over a layer of cherry gelee, topped with whipped cream and fresh cherries.
When to order: Three days in advance
Price: $4.25/slice; $32.95/pie
Pick up a flourless chocolate cake embellished with raspberry puree and freshly whipped cream, or a box of baked goods complete with chocolate and sugar cookies, Linzer sandwiches, and brownies accessorized with hearts.
When to order: Available through the 15th; order 24 hours in advance
Price: $14/cake; $2.25/cookie; $22/dozen cookies
Trophy’s got three specials this V-Day season. For him: a chocolate cake made with Pike Extra Stout. Hers is baked with pink champagne. Also available is a dark Valrhona chocolate cake stuffed with raspberry buttercream and layered with Callebaut chocolate ganache.
When to order: His and hers cakes available in-store February 10–14; raspberry chocolate cake available through February