If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know I love a good holiday theme, and you know I love easy cupcake ideas. I’m showing you how to make 3 easy Valentine’s Day cupcake decorations that are not only adorable, but also beginner-friendly. First, I’m sharing XOXO Cupcakes (simple candy melt Valentine’s Day cupcake toppers), Conversation Hearts Cupcakes (these are also edible Valentine cupcake toppers), and Heart-Shaped Cupcakes. If you’re looking for cupcake toppers Valentine’s Day inspiration, you’ll want to try one of these Valentine’s cupcake toppers this year, then pin the others to make in the years ahead!
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XOXO cupcakes (edible Valentine cupcake toppers)
These XOXO cupcakes are so quick to decorate, perfect for Valentine’s Day, and the toppers are edible! They are the easiest of the Valentine’s Day cupcake decorations I’m sharing today.
What You Need to Make XOXO Cupcakes:
- Your favorite cupcake recipe or boxed mix, prepared to recipe or package directions and frosted simply with white frosting
- Red and pink candy melts
- Wax or parchment paper
- Icing bags with couplers and a fine tip, or plastic zipper bags with the corner snipped off
How to Make this XOXO Valentine’s Day Cupcake Topper:
XOXO cupcakes are very similar to these easy candy melt cupcakes toppers I used for a birthday. They’re so easy to make, and don’t require any special cupcake decorating skills! Candy melts are melted and piped into Xs and Os to create edible Valentine cupcake toppers.
Melt candy melts according to package directions, then add to icing bags or plastic zipper bags with the corner snipped off.
Pipe a mix of large Xs and Os onto wax or parchment paper.
After they dry and harden, carefully remove from the paper and add one X or one O to the tops of the cupcakes.
Conversation Heart Cupcakes
What are conversation heart cupcakes? These adorable candy heart cupcakes are inspired by the classic Valentine’s Day conversation hearts candies and are much easier to make than you might think. Like the XOXO cupcakes, they are also completely edible Valentine cupcake toppers.
What You Need to Make Conversation Hearts Cupcakes:
- Your favorite cupcake recipe or boxed mix, prepared to recipe or package directions and frosted simply with white and light pink frosting
- Heart silicone baking mold
- Candy melts in different colors to resemble the colors of traditional conversation heart candies, such as these six colors:
- Pink candy melts
- Orange candy melts
- Yellow candy melts
- Light blue candy melts
- Lavender candy melts
- Light/mint green candy melts
- Wilton Candy Melt Writing Pens (it has to be this kind, not the fondant writing pen, or it won’t work on candy melts)
How to Make Conversation Heart Cupcakes:
In each cavity of a heart silicone mold, place 4 candy melts of the same color, alternating between the different colors you’ve chosen.
Microwave the mold with the candy melts in them in 15-second increments until melted, then shake the mold so the melted candy flattens into an even layer.
Refrigerate, and once hardened, remove the hearts from the mold.
Using the Candy Melt Writing Pens in either the red or black colors (depending on what works best on each color of candy melts), write your favorite messages from conversation heart candies. Here are some suggestions (but feel free to have fun with it):
- BE MINE
- ME + YOU
- TE AMO
- LUV U
- KISS ME
Place a heart on top of each cupcake sticking out of the frosting at a slight angle.
Did you know you can shape cupcakes like Christmas tress, shamrocks, and more using foil to mold them while they bake? Here’s how to make heart-shaped cupcakes for Valentine’s Day.
What You Need to Make Heart-Shaped Cupcakes with Foil:
- Muffin pan lined with paper cupcake liners
- Cupcake batter (boxed or from your favorite cupcake recipe)
- Red and pink frosting
- Icing bag with couplers
- Valentine’s nonpareils sprinkles and micro heart sprinkles
How to Make Heart-Shaped Cupcakes:
These Valentine’s Day cupcake decorations are different than the first two ideas I shared, because the cupcake itself is shaped for the holiday theme rather than making a Valentine’s Day cupcake topper. Similar to how I made these shamrock-shaped cupcakes, we’re going to use pieces of foil around our cupcake liners to shape these cupcakes into hearts.
First, prepare your cupcake batter.
Add your cupcake batter to the paper liners in the prepared muffin pan, being sure to fill no more than halfway. Cut aluminum foil into strips. Roll some into cylinders, and push the top center of the cupcake paper liner inward and use a foil cylinder to keep it in position. Fold additional foil strips into flat folded sections. Place two pieces, one on each side of the bottom, outside the paper liner to create a pointed shape for the bottom of the heart.
Bake the cupcakes according to package or recipe directions, checking a few minutes early to see if they’re done. Once done, cool on a wire rack.
After the cupcakes have cooled completely, frost half with red frosting and half with pink frosting. Follow the shape of the heart with your frosting, as the frosting will really accentuate the heart shape (and make up for any imperfections in the shape of the cupcakes from baking).
Sprinkle the tops of the finished cupcakes with sprinkles. To vary it up, sprinkle half with the nonpareils and half with the micro hearts.
Which of these easy Valentine’s Day cupcake toppers will you try first?