In this fiscal climate, what’s more indulgent than actually indulging? Never has your cash seemed so precious—so spending it means more than ever. This Valentine’s Day, skip the Whitman’s candy box from the local CVS Pharmacy. Herewith are recommended confections certain to stimulate the economy and a few libidos. Your lover will repay you in full.
-This year, the red velvet cupcake is as ubiquitous as that arrow-penetrated organ perpetually linked with Valentine’s Day. Makes sense that Auntie Em’s Kitchen would reconfigure theirs into a larger-than-life-size heart. It feeds up to four (your love life is none of our business). ($16)
–Susina Bakery must have spies in Eagle Rock because they’re also offering a supersized red velvet cake ($25). Its darker cousin, the molten chocolate cake ($5), is a sinister and gooey alternative—as Spider-Man is to Venom.
–LAMILL sticks to the crimson dessert’s traditional look, but tops it with edible carnations and pairs it with Love Potion No. 7, a tea sangria infused with fruits and such said to have aphrodisiacal properties. Have fun finding out. (Cupcake: $3.50, Love Potion: $4.50)
–Boule is making the iconic shape out of white chocolate and honey lavender. Other varieties are filled with passion fruit ganache and rose caramel. A handwritten note on a chocolate sheet personalizes your selections. ($15 for box of six)
If you can’t make time for that special someone, shame on you. Fortunately, Cookies by Design understands and delivers—though olfactory shopping is half the fun. And nothing says “I love you” like scantily-clad sugar dough. Dirty secret: the “Flirty Valentine” ($52) is so racy, some folks refuse to sell it. This bouquet is also one of the most difficult to make, so you’ll get more bang for the buck. And isn’t that what this holiday is all about?
Auntie Em’s Kitchen
4616 Eagle Rock Blvd., Eagle Rock, (323) 255-0800
7122 Beverly Blvd., L.A., (323) 934-7900
1636 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake, (323) 663-4441
408 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., (310) 289-9977
Cookies by Design
5205 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 961-9161