Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

I always loved Valentine’s Day. It was a special day to celebrate. I could feel the butterflies in my stomach when my grandmother would put on her favorite music for me and we’d dance around like it was our own little party. We would make heart-shaped cookies, cupcakes, or sugar cookies with red icing and sprinkles of love hearts for decoration. And then she would give me a big hug and tell me how much she loves me before we ate our sweets together at the kitchen table watching VH1 while listening to old R&B from back in the day because that’s what made us feel good after cooking all afternoon!

I remember my favorite treats were always cupcakes though so here I have compiled some fun ideas to inspire you to bake some special Valentine’s day cupcakes.

Valentine’s Day Cupcake Ideas

Here are some fun ideas you can implement to make fun treats for your friends or family or for someone special in your life.

Bake Heart-Shaped Cupcakes

You can bake cupcakes in heart shapes in several different ways.  The newest way is to buy silicone baking pans or cups in heart shapes.  Make sure you spray the cups and wells with nonstick butter spray before filling them with batter.

You can also create heart-shaped cupcakes using traditional cupcake pans.  Place your cupcake liners into the wells and fill each cup 1/3 to 1/2 full of batter.  Then place a marble (or a small piece of foil shaped into a ball) between the liner and the pan.  This will hold the liner in a heart shape while baking.  My kids think it’s funny that Mommy uses marbles to help with the baking.

Red Velvet Cake Cupcakes

Bake red velvet cupcakes and frost with traditional cream cheese frosting.  Red sprinkles on top add an even more festive touch.

valentines day cupcakes

Red, Pink, and White Cupcakes

Prepare a single batch of white cake batter and divide into three separate bowls.  Leave one bowl white.  To one of the other two batches of batter, add enough red food coloring to make the batter pink.  Make the third batch red.  You can frost these cupcakes any way you like or even just enjoy them plain!

Red Gel Hearts

Frost your batch of cupcakes with white or pink frosting.  Draw a heart on each cupcake using red gel icing.  These are really easy to do.

Dark Chocolate Hearts

You can add dark chocolate hearts on top of your fun-colored cupcake frosting.

valentines day cupcakes with dark chocolate

Conversation Cupcakes

Borrow a few phrases from the old favorite conversation heart candies, and write phrases on cupcakes you have frosted with different colors.  The Valentine phrases “Cutie Pie” and “Be Mine” are two of my favorites to use.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

These are really cute for a kids party because there are no paper liners to peel off your cupcakes.  Instead of paper liners, use flat bottomed ice cream cones and fill to 2/3 full with cupcake batter.  Bake as you would regular cupcakes, and frost when cool.

Red Candy Hearts

Make heart shapes with small red candies on top of each cupcake.  Red hots, jelly beans, and M&Ms work well for this cupcake idea. Or just place heart candies on top of the cupcakes.

valentines cupcake

Chocolate Hearts

You can make pink or red frosting and add white heart-shaped chocolates on top of the cupcakes.

valentines day cupcakes with white chocolate hearts

Lollipop Top

Top each of your cupcakes with a heart-shaped lollipop.  You can purchase inexpensive heart-shaped lollipops to place on each cupcake.  Simply unwrap the lollipop and insert the stick into the center of a frosted cupcake.  You may have to cut the lollipop stick to make it stand properly in the cupcake.

valentines day cupcake with lollipop

Valentine Flags

Make Valentine’s flags.  Small hearts can be cut out of construction paper and glued to toothpicks or popsicle sticks.  You can even write names or cute messages on your Valentine’s flags!

valentines day cupcakes with flags

Let Your Kids Help

Provide different color frostings with different types of candies and decorations.  Kids love being creative and decorating their very own cupcake!!

Hopefully, some of these Valentine’s cupcake ideas will help you make your best Valentine’s cupcakes ever.  Most importantly, have fun while you’re making them!  Cupcakes always bring happiness and cheer!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner

Hi! My name is Ava and I love baking. I love the process of creating something from nothing, and the satisfaction of taking a bite of something I made myself. I love trying new recipes and experimenting with different flavors. Baking is my form of self-care; it's how I relax and unwind after a long day. That's why I founded!

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