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How to Make Heart-Shaped Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day

These heart-shaped cupcakes are beyond adorable (and easy!) thanks to a genius baking trick.
Chocolate Heart Cupcakes

I love baking Valentine’s Day treats—it’s the perfect excuse to indulge my sweet tooth and get creative in the kitchen. This year, I whipped up some adorable heart-shaped chocolate cupcakes that are easy to prepare (really!) thanks to a simple trick that requires only a muffin pan and a handful of ceramic marbles. Betty Crocker SuperMoist devil’s food cake mix cuts the work for these cupcakes in half, and a quick, fluffy homemade frosting gives them a sweet finishing touch. Here’s how to make them!

You’ll need the following ingredients: Betty Crocker SuperMoist devil’s food cake mix, water, vegetable oil, eggs, powdered sugar, butter, milk and vanilla extract. To achieve the heart shape, you’ll also need ceramic marbles; if you don’t have marbles, don’t worry—you can shape foil into marble-sized balls instead.

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First, preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare the cake batter as directed on the box, mixing the cake mix, water, vegetable oil and eggs using a hand-held mixer or large spoon.

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Next, line a muffin pan with paper cupcake liners. Place one marble in each muffin cup, between the liner and the pan, to form a heart shape.

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Fill the cupcake liners two-thirds full with batter. You’ll have enough batter for 30 cupcakes, so you’ll need to bake multiple batches.

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Bake the cupcakes for 14 to 15 minutes—they should bounce back when lightly touched and a toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean. Let them cool completely.

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While the cupcakes are cooling, prepare the frosting. Beat the powdered sugar, butter, milk and vanilla extract on medium-high speed for two or three minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy.

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Add pink or red coloring to the frosting as desired and mix until smooth.

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Spread the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes with a knife or spatula, or use a decorating bag fitted with a plain tip for a cleaner look. Make this baking project a fun family activity by having the kiddos help frost and decorate the cupcakes with colored sprinkles.

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