I Heart You Cupcakes

I Heart You Cupcakes

Still trying to think of that perfect dessert to make for Valentine’s Day? Are you in the baking mood and want to make something for your friends or coworkers? Impress your friends or special someone with a cupcake that truly shows how much you love them! These cupcakes have a surprise pink heart on the inside! These may be intimidating at first, but have no fear! Even if the hearts don’t turn out perfect, the surprise pink color in the middle will be enough to make your friends smile. Again, not on my new diet, but hey eating one every once and a while isn’t that bad! Make these for your friends to get them out of the house and try out something creative today.

Show that special someone how much you love them today with an I Heart You Cupcake!


White Cake Mix: 1 box

Vanilla Frosting: 1 store bought jar

Eggs: 3

Oil: 1/3 cup

Water: 1 cup

Red Food Dye: 10 drops


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Make your white cake mix by following the directions on the box. Mix together in a large bowl your eggs, water, oil, and cake mix.IMG_1812x

Once mixed together, move 1/3 of the mix to a separate bowl. This is the bowl you will use to make the pink hearts!IMG_1813x Add about 5-10 drops of red food dye or enough to get your desired color. You can add less to have a pinker color or more to make it closer to red.IMG_1814


Once the color is mixed evenly, pour into a small cake or casserole pan.IMG_1821 I used both a rectangle baking pan and a circle cake pan to test them both out.IMG_1823 I definitely preferred the baking rectangle dish instead. Place in the oven for about 10 minutes or until your pink/red cake is about half baked. You do not want your cake to cook the whole way. Bake only until it is solid enough to be able to cut with your cookie cutters. Take from the oven and let cool. You can place it in your refrigerator, freezer, or just let it cool on its own. Once cooled enough to cut, take your smallest heart cookie cutter and cut out as many hearts as you can.IMG_1824x

I doubled this recipe and was able to cut about 30 hearts total. I believe 14-16 is the most cupcakes you can make with one cake mix batch.Now is the fun part! Line your cupcake tin with your festive cupcake lines and hold one heart in the center. While holding the heart straight up in the center of your liner, pour your regular cake batter you made in the beginning around it.IMG_1826x Your heart should be able to hold itself up when you pour the vanilla batter around the sides. My hearts ended up being a little to close to the bottom, so you can also try to put a layer of batter down before adding your heart in the middle. Continue with the rest of your cupcakes and remember to put your hearts all facing the same direction so when you take them out you know which way to cut them in half to see your secret heart! Add a little bit of batter on top of the heart so its completely covered.

IMG_1827x Place in the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes. You won’t need the complete baking time since your middles are already baked most of the way. Bake until your cupcakes are golden and let cool.IMG_1828xAdd your icing, sprinkles, and any other decorations you have to the top. Make sure to keep your cupcakes facing the same way if you want everyone to cut into them and see their hearts!IMG_1837x If not, they’ll be surprised by the pop of color either way! IMG_1851xI hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day with their special someone, friends, and family. Take the time today to remind those that you love how much you care about them.IMG_1852


IMG_1842xLike I said, the hearts didn’t come out perfect, but they look so precious and by adding a little more batter at the bottom before you put your hearts in, hopefully yours will be great! ❤ Enjoy!


16 thoughts on “I Heart You Cupcakes

  1. Firstly, your cupcakes look precious!! Such a sweet idea. you seem like a fun loving, spirited girl, and the little treats match your fervor. Secondly, Thank you for visiting my blog, myfoodtapestry.wordpress.com. I’m new to the blogging world, and your simple “like” to one of my posts is motivating. Thank you once again, hope to see and learn more new recipes from your side!

    • Aw thank you so much for the kind words! I recently started blogging, at the end of November, and have literally had so much fun. I hope you find the same excitement over the next few weeks and months. I know how happy getting a like, repost, or comment on a post can be! I hope you continue your passion.

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