Anyone can make these fun Valentine Cupcakes using a standard muffin pan and a small marble to bake them into a heart shape. Perfect for making with your kids, gifting friends, family or bringing to your Valentine’s Day Party!

I’m known to show my love through baking and these Chocolate Truffles, Chocolate Strawberries, and Heart Cookies all make delicious Valentine’s Day treats!

Heart shaped chocolate cupcakes with white and pink frosting.

When I was a little girl my mom taught me this simple trick for making Heart shaped cupcakes and they have since been one of my favorite easy Valentine’s Day desserts to make.  The best part about them is how EASY they are to make!  You can grab a bag of marbles at the dollar store and whip these together so quickly–your kids will love to help!

How to make Valentine Cupcakes:

Make homemade cupcakes or use a doctored-up cake mix.

If you want to save time, you can doctor-up a cake mix by using milk instead of water and adding one extra egg to the batter, which results in a cake that tastes homemade! Or you can use my homemade chocolate cupcake recipe.

Don’t over-fill the cupcake tin. When you are pouring the batter, be careful not to fill the cupcake liners more than ½ way full.  If you do, they will lose their heart shape as they bake.

Muffin tin lined with chocolate cupcake batter in paper liners with a marble in each tin to form a heart shaped cupcake.

Consider trying these Valentine Recipes:

Cupcakes shaped as hearts on a black board, decorated with pink and white frosting and conversation hearts around them.

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Heart Cupcakes made using a muffin tin and a marble! Recipe on
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 25 mins
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  • Make cupcakes according to recipe directions. 
  • Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. 
  • Spoon batter into liners, being careful not to fill each cupcake more than ½ full of batter. (If you fill them too full, they will loose their heart shape!)
  • After filling the liners, place a marble between the liner and the pan. You will see the cupcake take the shape of a heart!
  • Bake cupcakes according to recipe directions. Allow to cool completely before frosting.


Calories: 153kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 140mgPotassium: 40mgSugar: 15gVitamin A: 20IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 0.6mg

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I originally shared this recipe February 2015. Updated February 2020.

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  1. Marbles are now hard to find. Maybe because of a safety issue. The $ store did not have them, but Hobby Lobby did, near the check outs.

  2. Wouldn’t a paper clip opened up to form a V shape work better? I was going to bake cupcakes today anyhow, now I have to try it. LOL

  3. And, if u work fast, u can drop the marble in ice water and make a “crackle” marble! I haven’t done it myself, so Google or Pinterest instructions, but it’s easy enough! Fun! I may try it w the pink or red heart shape magnets from Dollar Tree!

  4. I have tried these and have found that any filled over 1/2 full lose their shape. Just a warning…I’m sure it depends on the depth of your cupcake pans 🙂