How to Make Heart Shaped Cupcakes

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which I don’t make a huge deal about myself, but it’s an excellent excuse to enjoy a yummy dessert! I’ve got a rich chocolate cupcake for two recipe coming at you in a few days, but for now I’m excited to show you this easy heart shaped cupcake DIY.

Last year I shared how to make a heart shaped cake without a heart shaped pan. I told you last week that Taste of Home featured the idea in their latest issue, which got me thinking…cupcakes are just mini cakes. Why not make heart shaped cupcakes? It turns out, they’re even easier to make than the heart shaped cake!

A lot of people recommend using marbles to push the top part of the cupcake in, but I didn’t like that idea for several reasons – I didn’t want to buy marbles just to bake cupcakes, you have to deal with a bunch of hot glass marbles, and 1 marble would only make a partial heart shape. Instead, I used some aluminum foil to make little balls to shape the cupcake liners into hearts. Easy, cheap, and no worries that you might burn yourself!

Seriously, this is so simple! If you want to make the ultimate Valentine’s Day treat for your sweetie, try out easy chocolate cupcakes for two or Nutella cupcakes for two recipe to make 2 heart shaped cupcakes.

Here’s how you do it…

You’ll need:

Cupcake pan, foil baking cups  (be sure to get foil ones – paper baking cups won’t work for this), and aluminum foil (and some cupcake batter would help 😉 )

And then all you do is:

1. Place baking cups into cupcake pan

2. Make balls out of aluminum foil: 1 big and 2 small for each baking cup. See the reference above to the size of a dime.

3. Place 1 big ball at the top of each baking cup, so it folds inward. Place 1 small ball on the bottom sides so they are slightly bent and make a heart shape.

4. Fill baking cups just over 1/2 full.

5. Bake cupcakes as recipe dictates and let cool. Remove baking cups, decorate, and enjoy!

24 Comments on How to Make Heart Shaped Cupcakes

  1. Carole
    February 8, 2014 at 7:31 am (8 years ago)

    What a great idea! I’ve seen the marble trick floating around out there, but you’ve taken it one step further to actually create heart-shaped cupcakes! Love this! Pinned to Pinterest. Stopping by from SITS.
    Carole recently posted Easy Valentine Candy and Cookie Buffet

    • Stephanie Saunders
      February 8, 2014 at 12:59 pm (8 years ago)

      Thanks Mamapotamus! I’d love to see how your heart cupcakes turn out!

  2. Stephanie Saunders
    February 8, 2014 at 12:59 pm (8 years ago)

    Kristen, Jesenia, and Carole, thanks for stopping by from SITS! I’m so glad you all found me there and enjoyed this post – it’s one of my new favorite baking tricks!

    • Stephanie Saunders
      February 8, 2014 at 4:09 pm (8 years ago)

      Thank you for stopping by, Anita! 🙂

  3. Laurie
    February 10, 2014 at 1:31 pm (8 years ago)

    This is a fantastic idea! Brilliant!

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    • Stephanie Saunders
      February 10, 2014 at 1:55 pm (8 years ago)

      Thank you for stopping by and letting me know, Laurie!

    • Stephanie Saunders
      March 11, 2014 at 4:08 pm (8 years ago)

      I hope they love them, Kimberly! 🙂

    • Stephanie Saunders
      February 15, 2015 at 2:47 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks Edith! I’ll go check out yours now…

  4. Joy
    February 20, 2015 at 8:19 am (7 years ago)

    This is a great idea – I liked it because I didn’t have to go buy marbles, too. However, take note that you really need to have foil baking cups. I decided to try it with regular paper baking cups and it did not hold the shape. =)

    • Stephanie Saunders
      February 20, 2015 at 8:46 am (7 years ago)

      Good point, Joy – I’ll add a note to the post about using foil cups.

    • Lori
      February 10, 2016 at 7:52 am (6 years ago)

      I tried with paper cups and marbles and didn’t get the results of a heart. I will use the foil cups next time.

    February 7, 2020 at 10:45 am (2 years ago)

    I am going to make these today and will post some pictures of how they turn out tomorrow


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