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Unique Valentines Cupcake Ideas

Updated on February 4, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

There are so many unique Valentine's cupcake ideas available that it can be an overwhelming choice. Take a few deep breaths and think about who you are making them for before you decide to create Irish Cream and Rum Soaked Cupcakes with Caviar for your child's third grade class. There is, after all, a vast difference in the cupcakes you would make for a child and those you would make for adults. Flavors, decorations, and even presentation will probably be different.

With shows like Cupcake Wars and Shops like Sprinkles, cupcakes have reached a new level of creativity. This is not your mother's cupcake! Sure, you can throw together some plain yellow cupcakes from a boxed mix and spread some canned chocolate frosting on them but where is the creativity in that?

Once you know who will be eating those delectable morsels of cake you can decide on the kind you will make, what you will fill it with, and how you will frost it.



Cupcakes can be made in any flavor combination you like.

Cake Flavors

Use your favorite yellow cake recipe and add red and pink sprinkles to the batter just before you spoon it into the pans. You can also use the heart shaped sprinkles if you like. This makes the confetti type cake.

Use a good Red Velvet cake recipe. This one gives a bright red result.

Chocolate Cake is always perfect.

Here are 50 Best Cupcake Recipes on the Internet. Surely you can find something amazing in that list!


Once you have decided on the flavor of the cake you should plan the flavor of the frosting. For most cupcakes you may want to stick with a pink or white frosting because they are easy to decorate, depending on what your design is. Here are some easy buttercream variations.

Red is not always a great choice for frosting because in order to get that deep red color you end up using a lot of red food coloring. This can flavor the frosting and give it a bitter taste, even with the no-taste red colors. If you are determined to use red food coloring buy a gel color.


It isn't difficult to put delectable fillings in your baked cupcakes. All you need to do is allow the cupcake to cool and carefully cut a hollow place out of the center of the cupcake. Be sure that you don't go all the way to the bottom, but leave a 1-inch thick base.

Once that is done you only need to spoon some filling in the hollow place and frost as usual. The frosting will cover the hold in the top of the cake. Don't just use vanilla. There are plenty of flavors of fillings that work beautifully in cupcakes.

  • Lemon Curd
  • Lime Curd
  • Bavarian Cream
  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Raspberry Mousse
  • Ice Cream (your favorite flavor – just remember to keep them in the freezer)

Any type of filling that isn't too runny will do. Another possibility? Push a chocolate covered cherry about halfway into the batter before baking for a sweet, and unexpected, treat.

Unique Valentine's Cupcake Ideas for Everyone

No matter how much experience you have there are unique Valentine's cupcake ideas that you can do. Be honest with yourself and don't try to do something that is too far past your level of expertise. How good are your decorating skills? If you are a whiz with an icing tube then you can make all sorts of fun toppers for the cupcakes from roses to ribbons.

You can make a swirled frosting by using a large frosting bag and two colors of frosting. With a spoon smear one color of frosting down one side of the inside of a decorating bag. Now, smear a second color down the other side. Twist the bag slightly as you squeeze to frost the cupcakes. You should get a swirl of Valentine's color!

Use heart shaped cupcake pans or heart shaped silicone cups to create heart shaped cupcakes. Frost them smooth on top with a variety of pastel frosting colors and write motto's on them. You will have cupcakes that look just like the conversation hearts.

Stand a large conversation heart upright in the buttercream frosting.

Get some of the wax or gummi lips that are available at candy shops and place those on top of the cupcake.

Swirl the frosting softly on the top and then roll the sides of the cupcake in pink and red sprinkles.

If you can make icing roses, why not give your love an edible bouquet? Make cupcakes in mini muffin pans and frost the tops with white or green frosting. Pipe fully opened roses to cover the top of each.

These Heart's Desire cupcakes from Wilton are a good example of beautifully decorated cakes.

Here are five great ideas for easy, decorated cupcakes that you can make.

Don't forget you can use chocolate molds to create specially shaped chocolates to add to your cupcakes.

Add some chocolate curls with these instructions.

Presenting Your Cupcakes

Presentation is everything. If you can, buy a pretty Valentine's themed cake plate or cupcake stand to show off your creativity to everyone. Vintage plates are beautiful and romantic additions to a Valentine's Day Tea table as well.

No matter what kind of cupcakes you make remember to plan ahead, stay organized, and have fun with it. It is always the thought that counts.


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    • mwatkins profile image


      7 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      hi Marye,

      these are great ideas for Valentine's Day. They also make great ideas for babysitters, grandparents, aunts and uncles, or anyone involved in taking care of the child.

      Good job!

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      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Interesting cupcake ideas.

    • ChuckHuckaby profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Seeing these reminds me of a franchise around here called "GiGi's Cupcakes" ... they are usually huge and multicolored and have frosting as tall as the cupcake. I don't know anyone who can eat one in one sitting... Thanks for the reminder!


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