How to Make Heart-Shaped Cupcakes

Valentine’s day is about a month away. Whether you want to make heart-shaped cupcakes for your child’s classroom or to take to the office to share with your co-workers, they are the perfect Valentine’s day treat to whip up. My favorite part about these cute heart-shaped cupcakes, they don’t require a special pan or cookie cutters.

To make these cute heart-shaped cupcakes, you will need the following items:

  • Valentine’s Day Cupcake Liners
  • Muffin Tin
  • Christmas Red Wilton Gel Based Food Coloring
  •  Glass Marbles
  • Box Cake Mix
  • 2 Sticks of Unsalted Butter
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Clear Vanilla Flavoring
  • Valentine’s Day Sprinkles
  • Wilton Pastry Bag
  • Wilton Decorating Tips

How to Make Homemade Buttercream Icing for Heart-Shaped Cupcakes

Making homemade buttercream icing is super easy and tastes delicious compared to the icing that you buy at the grocery store. A few weeks ago when I was doing a trial run on these cupcakes, I ran out of icing and pulled out a tub of white icing that I had in the pantry. After a side by side comparison, I will never buy a tub of icing ever again. The homemade buttercream won hands down. Let’s get started!

Homemade Buttercream Recipe

Homemade Buttercream Icing

How to make the best homemade buttercream icing. This recipe is quick and easy to make for cakes and cupcakes.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best easy homemade buttercream icing, easy homemade buttercream icing
Author: icecreamnstickyfingers


  • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks
  • 3 tbsp clear vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 cups powdered sugar


  • Set butter on the counter for 2 or 3 hours to soften.
  • Add softened butter and 3 tbsp of clear vanilla extract in a mixing bowl.
  • Mix butter and vanilla together using a mixer or fork until it is well blended.
  • Add a small amount of Wilton Christmas red gel food coloring. A little bit goes a long way.
  • Stir in 1 cup of powdered sugar. Use low speed on your mixer to prevent the powdered sugar from flying everywhere. Continue to slowly add remaining cups of powdered sugar to the mixing bowl. Taste test the icing once you have added 3 full cups of powdered sugar and slowly add the additional cup if you would like the sweeter icing. 
  • Once the buttercream icing is mixed together, increase the speed on your mixer to medium-high for 2 to 3 minutes. Make sure that you scrape the sides and bottom of your mixing bowl frequently. 
  • If the color of frosting isn’t to the desired color, slowly add a small amount of Wilton Christmas red gel food coloring and use a fork to stir the frosting until you get the desired color. 
  • The frosting should be smooth and fluffy. If it seems to dry, add 1 tablespoon of milk and mix together until you reach the desired consistency. 
  • Pipe on your cupcakes and enjoy!
  • Store any unused buttercream frosting in the refrigerator in an air-tight container until you are ready to use it. If you don’t plan on using the frosting immediately, transfer it to a freezer bag and place it in the freezer for 2 to 3 months. Allow the frosting to sit overnight in the refrigerator and warm up to room temperature when you are ready to use it. Do stir it before putting it in the Wilton piping bags.

How to Make Heart-Shaped Cupcakes

I used a box of cake mix to make these cute heart-shaped cupcakes. Follow the directions on the box. Place cupcake liners in your muffin tin. Then place 1 glass marble on the outside of your muffin tin to create the heart-shaped cupcakes. It is very important that you only fill each cupcake liner about half way full. Overfilling the cupcake liners with cake mix will result in the cupcakes losing their heart-shape. Some of ours were overfilled but we were able to pinch off a small bit to fix the shape.

I used a 1/4 measuring cup to fill the cupcake liners. Then place the cupcakes in the oven and bake them for 15 to 17 minutes.

Remove the cupcakes and marbles using a spoon. Be careful the marbles are very hot and can burn you. Allow the cupcakes to cool before piping icing on them.

Place the plastic coupler into the bottom of the pipping bag. Spoon the buttercream icing into the piping bag and then cut the tip of the bag once it is full. Then add your tip and start piping the icing onto these easy heart-shaped cupcakes.

These cupcakes were my very first ones to create and we used a variety of the Wilton tips to make our cupcakes. I tried not to stress if they didn’t look perfect and focused on making different designs with several different tips. So even if you are a beginner, these heart-shaped cupcakes are super easy to decorate.

My daughter made the cupcake that looked like a teddy bear. I wish that I paid closer attention to the tip that she used and how she made the design.

If you don’t currently have any Wilton tips, you can also use a knife to spread the buttercream icing. Garnish with sprinkles and enjoy!

Have fun playing with the different types of Wilton tips to decorate your cupcakes. I’ve only been making my own icing since May of last year because my youngest wanted a cake that I couldn’t buy at the store for his birthday. And for Christmas, I asked for a mixer and more Wilton icing tips so that I could make my creations easier.

Have you ever made heart-shaped cupcakes for Valentine’s day?


Christy has been married to her husband for 10 years and has three children. She has over 22 years of parenting experience, including parenting as a young mom and a single parent. When she isn't writing, you can find her coloring, playing Candy Crush, and listening to Taylor Swift.

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