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Have you ever wondered how to bake a shaped cake inside a cupcake or cake? It’s actually a lot easier than you think. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to get baking some special Valentine’s Day Cupcakes for your kiddos and sweetie!
Aren’t they adorable? The hearts are cut from Red Velvet Cake, but you can certainly make pink hearts if you choose. I used the Wilton Mini Romance Cookie Cutter set, it comes with six different cutters including two hearts.
Let’s chat about how to bake a heart in a cupcake. They aren’t difficult, but they did take some time and a little experimenting to figure it all out.
How to Bake a Heart in a Cupcake
- I used a Red Velvet Cake Mix, but you can also use a white cake mix and color it whatever color you like using food coloring
- I under baked the cake – you want it firm to the touch, nice and moist
- After the cake cools, wrap it in plastic for a day or overnight, it will keep it moist. You can also place the cake in the fridge or freezer for a couple hours. This step will keep the cake moist since it will be baked twice.
- Turn the cake out onto a cutting board and cut out the hearts – this step is a little messy, so be ready
- Add cupcake liners to pan and mix a white or yellow cake mix as you normally do
- Add a heart to the cupcake liner, place it upright with the bottom of the heart on the bottom
- While holding onto the heart, carefully spoon white cake batter around the heart until it’s almost to the top of the heart
- After the cupcake is filled, before you place it in the oven, you MAY want to insert a couple toothpicks. The reason I did this was so that I could remember which direction the heart was facing so when I cut the cupcake, the heart would show. You can certainly skip this step if you don’t need to know where the heart is at.
- Bake as you normally would, about 10-12 minutes, cool completely
- Before you frost, you will want to remove the toothpicks BUT before you do, you need to mark where they are. We placed a napkin on a plate, laid the toothpicks flat on the plate to the side of the cupcake where the toothpicks are. Then remove the toothpicks and frost, being careful not to move the cupcake.
Oh and let’s not forget about the divine frosting! I whipped up some heavy cream, and folded in a few heaping tablespoons of the Pink Lemonade Pie filling…YUM!
Pipe on the frosting with a Giant Round Tip, top with a fresh raspberry and you have a VERY special cupcake for your Valentine!
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