There's no better way to end a special meal than with a homemade dessert for the one you love. Valentine's Day is right around the corner and if you're not going out to eat, preparing a special meal and a sweet dessert is a great way to show someone you care. If you are already planning your romantic dinner, but you're unsure about dessert-you are in good hands! All of these dessert recipes are portioned to be just enough for you and your loved one. So, that means perfect couple sized desserts and zero waste.
These easy recipes are not only fitting for a Valentine's Day dessert, but for any special occasion where you're looking to share something sweet. You'll be able to whip up these quick desserts for two in no time!
1. Warm Carrot Cakes with Cream Cheese Sauce
There's no need to worry about baking an entire carrot cake and then wondering what to do with all the leftovers at the end of the night. With this quick recipe, you'll be able to make two small cakes in ramekins for you and your sweetie to enjoy together. And if you're like me, you'll add in some shredded coconut and crushed pineapple to the cake batter!
Instead of whipping up cream cheese icing, a simple cream cheese sauce is drizzled over the warm carrot cakes, which takes this recipe to the next level. You can even drizzle over some warm caramel sauce. Here's the recipe.
2. Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes for Two
Usually, a regular batch of cupcakes make anywhere between 12-24 cupcakes, and that is just too many if you're only serving two people. Good thing this simple recipe makes two perfect cupcakes just for you and your loved one. These cupcakes are decadent and chocolatey and a sweet treat to enjoy on Valentine's Day or really any day.
3. Mini Oreo Cheesecakes for Two
You might be tempted to skip dinner so you can first indulge in these mini Oreo cheesecakes! Instead of spending hours in the kitchen preparing a full-sized cheesecake, this recipe will be just enough to make two, 4 inch cheesecakes. It's best to make these cheesecakes (and most cheesecake recipes) in a springform pan so they'll easily release from the pan. You can find a set of three here. I highly recommend purchasing these so you can make mini cheesecakes anytime!
4. Lemon Meringue Tart for Two
Pucker up after a delicious dinner with a gorgeous lemon meringue tart. It's a quick recipe to put together and the fresh flavor from the lemon juice and zest is a great way to end a meal. This recipe makes two, 6 inch tart pans and feel free to use store-bought pastry dough if you tight on time. You can also make your own and freeze any leftover dough.
Helpful tip: you can prepare the entire tart without the meringue on top and just leave it in the refrigerator until dessert time. Try to whip up the meringue just before serving because it can easily deflate over time. Here's the recipe.
5. Chocolate Soufflés for Two with Creme Anglaise
Talk about a fancy, romantic homemade dessert that's just waiting to be savored! In my opinion, soufflés are definitely an impressive thing to make whether they're sweet or savory. Some folks might think soufflés are something they cannot make since some recipes have the tendency to be somewhat difficult, but you will have no problem with this simple recipe.
Even better: you can prepare this soufflé recipe ahead of time and bake off before you're ready to serve dessert. There's nothing better than a molten, chocolate soufflé hot from the oven!
Top off the soufflés with Creme Anglaise, which is simply a vanilla sauce and also makes a great base for homemade vanilla ice cream.
6. Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
This date night dessert is seriously mouthwatering and perfect to share with that special someone. You can use your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe or the one provided and it's best to serve this cast iron skillet dessert hot from the oven. If you don't have a mini cast iron skillet, you can find one here. It's the perfect size not only for mini desserts, but for other individual sized meals like scrambled eggs.
No need to worry about leftovers, this dessert will be devoured in no time! Here's the recipe.
7. Chocolate Chunk Bread Pudding
I love bread pudding because it's delicious and the best way to use up day old bread that you do not want to waste. Hawaiian sweet rolls work perfectly for this chocolate chunk bread pudding, but you can also use croissants, brioche or any other type of hearty bread.
This recipe makes two ramekins, similar to the ones you would use to make Creme Brûlée and the hint of Kahlua gives this recipe a nice kick of coffee flavor. Say hello to your go-to bread pudding recipe! Here is the recipe.
8. Chocolate Berry Tarts
This homemade small batch dessert for two is easy and pretty enough for an anniversary or Valentine's Day dessert. You can find mini chocolate graham crusts already made at the store or you can make your own. The inside filling is a decadent and rich cinnamon, chocolate ganache which goes perfectly with the fresh berries on top. This chocolate berry tart is almost too pretty to eat!
9. Raspberry Tiramisu
This picture perfect small batch dessert will brighten up any dessert table for you and that special someone. Layers of tiramisu filling, coffee soaked ladyfingers and fresh raspberries make up this homemade dessert that will be hard to refuse.
10. Blueberry Cake for Two
Blueberries might be small, but they are packed with sweet flavor that's just perfect for this quick cake for two (it can easily be double or tripled, too!). You probably have all the ingredients in your refrigerator right now and it makes a nice last minute dessert. If you do not have blueberries on hand, you can easily substitute blackberries, raspberries or any other type of berry you have in the refrigerator.
11. Chocolate Trifles for Two
A delicious trifle fit for anyone obsessed with chocolate! Here are all the layers (brace yourself, it's a lot of chocolate!): chocolate cookie crumbs, chocolate cheesecake mousse, chocolate syrup, chocolate whipped cream, and chocolate curls. Sounds amazing, right?
This recipe makes two decadent trifles and is a pretty rich dessert. You and your date can always share one trifle after dinner and save the other in the refrigerator for another date night, but I wouldn't blame you for enjoying both trifles!
12. Chocolate Fondue for Two
If you really do not have much time to put a romantic dessert together, consider making this recipe. It's so easy to whip up and the chocolate fondue only requires two ingredients- high quality chocolate chunks and heavy cream. You can really get creative with the foods you want to serve alongside the melted chocolate mixture or you can use anything leftover you have in the kitchen.
For an extra special kick, try adding in a splash of coffee or raspberry liqueur to the chocolate mixture.