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How to Make Heart Shaped Cupcakes Using Marbles

These heart shaped cupcakes are a fun holiday treat. If you don’t have a heart shaped cupcake tin, you can still make them with this easy trick.

I am a frugal person by nature.  It was a part of my upbringing and has lasted to this day. Anytime I can do a cooking hack that will save me money in the kitchen, I am all for it.

Some of my favorite cooking tips involve saving money.  When I was baking for Valentine’s day recently, I decided to try making Heart Shaped Cupcakes without buying a special kitchen tool or fancy heart shaped cupcake pans.

Cupcakes that take on the shape of the holiday that you are baking for set the mood instantly.  Since Valentine’s day is all about hearts and love, I wanted my cupcakes to start with a heart shape.

Lots of Valentine’s day parties have a  dessert table and these would be a hit on it.

Make heart cupcakes easily with this marble trick.

Check out my strawberry buttercream cupcakes for another tasty Valentine’s day sweet treat.
Heart cupcake with red frosting and candy pearls

Hearts are one of the symbols of Valentine’s Day, so they are the perfect choice for a cupcake shape. Let’s find out how to make them!

Since I don’t have a heart shaped silicone cupcake liner, or a special heart shaped muffin pan, I had to improvise.

If you have a glass stone, a marble or a large ceramic bead, and some cupcake liners, you can make a heart shaped cupcake.

glass marbles and cupcake liners

Here is how you make Heart Shaped Cupcakes.

Place your cupcake liners into your cupcake tin and then add the glass rock or marble to make it take on a heart shape.  Easy peasy.  

The marble stays in place while the cupcakes are cooking and the cupcakes take on the heart shape.

add a marble to the top of a cupcake liner to make a heart shape.

Add your cupcake batter to the heart shaped liners and bake until they are done (about 15 minutes.)  The marbles must be glass or ceramic to take the heat of the oven.

Add batter to the cupcake liners

When the cupcakes are done, they will take on a rounded heart shape with an indentation in the top.

Cupcakes with a heart shape

Don’t overfill!

Be careful not to fill the cupcake liners too full.  2/3 is about right.

If you fill them any more, you will end up with the batter rising too much and either pushing the shape back to a circle or giving you a muffin top.  No one needs a muffin top on Valentine’s Day, do they? (these were my rejects!)

Don't overfill the cupcake liners!

Time to decorate the heart cupcakes

You can use either plain buttercream frosting, or add some red gel food coloring to cover the top of the heart shaped cupcakes. (or a combination of both!)

Red frosting

Now, you can start decorating.

Since the cupcakes are rounded at the bottom, you can either keep your frosting away from the round edge so that the frosting is very heart shaped, or you can cheat with your frosting to bring it over the edges a bit like I did in this one.

Use PeppermintsHeart shaped cupcake with a peppermint center.

Heart Gum Drops

What says I love you better than heart shaped cupcakes decorated for Valentine’s Day?  Be sure to see my holiday site for more fun Valentine Cupcake Decorations.

Add a red candy heart as a decoration

Would you like a reminder of this post for making heart shaped cupcakes? Just pin this image to one of your Holiday boards on Pinterest.Making heart shaped cupcakes is easy with this simple trick.

For more fun Valentines day treats, be sure to visit my Valentine’s Day Pinterest Board.

Admin note: this post for making heart shaped cookies first appeared on the blog in February of 2017. I have updated the post to add all new photos, and a video for you to enjoy.

Yield: 12 heart shaped cupcakes

How to Make a Heart Shaped Cupcake

Heart shaped cupcakes decorated for Valentine's Day

These heart shaped cupcakes are a fun holiday treat. If you don't have a heart shaped cupcake tin, you can still make them with this easy trick.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $2


  • 12 Valentine's Day cupcake liners
  • 12 glass rocks or marbles
  • Muffin Tin
  • Cake Mix
  • Frosting
  • Candies


  1. Place the cupcake liners in the muffin tins.
  2. Add one glass rock or marble at the top of the cupcake liner and position it so that there is a slight opening at the top.
  3. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full of batter (don't overfill or you will lose the heart shape.)
  4. Bake as directed.
  5. Use frosting to cover the top of the cupcake, covering any imperfections in the shape of the heart.
  6. Add candies to the top to decorate.

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