Anyone can make this fun Valentine Cupcakes recipe 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!

A white heart shaped cupcake with Valentine's sprinkles, surrounded by more red and white frosted heart cupcakes.

Why I love these cupcakes:

  • Festive – These Valentine’s Day Cupcakes are so fun to make! Grab a bag of marbles from the dollars store and whip these up in no time! Let your kids help!
  • Delicious – What’s not to love about a moist cupcake with cream cheese frosting? These will capture the heart of everyone you give them to.
  • Fun – I love making this Valentine Cupcakes recipe on Valentine’s Day. They’re a fun and easy activity for the family or kids. Use different colors of frosting and fun valentine sprinkles.

How to make Heart Cupcakes:

Make Cupcake Batter: Make cupcakes according to recipe directions. You can doctor-up a cake mix by using milk instead of water and adding one extra egg to the batter, or use my homemade chocolate cupcake recipe! Fill cupcake liners in a muffin tin ½ full (be careful to not overfill)

A standard muffin pan with liners, each filled ½ full with chocolate cupcake batter.

Place Marble: After filling the liners, place a marble between the liner and the pan. You will see the cupcake take the shape of a heart!

Muffin liners filled with chocolate cupcake batter and a marble placed between the pan and the liner of each cupcake to make a heart shape.

Bake cupcakes according to recipe directions. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

A close up image of freshly baked chocolate cupcakes, that are shaped like a heart.

Frost and Enjoy: Frost and decorate these heart shaped cupcakes how you’d like then enjoy!

A bunch of chocolate heart cupcakes decorated with white or red frosting and pink and red sprinkles for Valentine's Day cupcakes.

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A white frosted heart cupcake with Valentine sprinkles surrounded by red and white frosted heart cupcakes.
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 25 minutes
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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: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 141mgPotassium: 41mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 22IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 1mg

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I originally shared this recipe February 2015. Updated February 2020 and 2023.

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  1. Would like to try this. Question: I don’t have marbles but I have round pie weights. Do you think those would work? Thanks!

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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 🙂