Ann Reardon

Heart Cupcake

3D heart in cupcake howtocookthat ann reardon
Valentines Day is just around the corner so how about giving these ‘surprise’ heart cupcakes a try.  Unlike most love-heart cupcakes, where you have to cut at a specific point to see the design inside, these little beauties will show your heart no matter which side you bite.  So whether you’re making them for a good friend, or someone you hope will become a good friend, you’re guaranteed to get a big smile.

Heart Cupcake Recipe

2 cups or 320g (11.29 ounces) plain all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups or 330g (11.64 ounces) sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp 7.5g (0.26 ounces) gelatine powder
1/2 cup or 92g (3.25 ounces) vegetable oil, such as canola oil
7 egg yolks
1 cup or 250millilitres (8.45 fluid ounces) cold water
252g (8.89 ounces) or 7 egg whites
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
(and later 1 tsp water and gel food colour)

Place your flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and gelatine into a bowl and stir with a whisk.
Make a well in the centre and add the yolks, oil and water, but do not mix.
In a separate bowl whip the egg whites and cream of tartar to soft peaks.
Beat the flour mixture on low speed until just combined.
Fold the egg whites into the flour mixture in 3 batches.
Fill three cupcake cases and bake for 10-15 minutes at 180c.

Crumbles those three cupcakes and add food colour of choice, 1 tablespoon of cake batter and 1 tsp water (or flavouring or juice of choice). Mix well to combine.

Watch the video for instructions on how to shape into a 3D heart and keep it upright in your cupcake.
Cook the assembled cupcakes at 180c as per the video tutorial instructions with initial bake of 4-5 mins, plus another 5-7 minutes once the heart center has been added.
This recipe makes 18 cupcakes with the heart center.

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172 Comments View Comments

  1. Hi How are you ? My Name its Daniele i am from Florida (usa) I loooovvveee your work. Help a lot to learn. Thank You for share everything. Dany

    • Thanks for your lovely comment Dany

  2. How can you make a raindrop shape in a cupcake?Pls help me cuz I have to settle a water project for school.Thks!^^

    • Bake blue sprinkles in the batter.

    • yes don’t make the indent in the heart shape and put it int he cupcake large side down.

  3. awesome!really I like your web…

    • thanks celine

  4. How many cupcakes does the recipe make?

    • About 24 😉

      • thanks Dilara 😀

  5. Hi Ann,
    Please let me know how this looks..

    • oh wow they look awesome great job Vani 😀

  6. Hi Ann,
    Am a big fan of yours..
    I look forward to every friday for your new recipe!
    Am really thankful to you for all your recipes!!!

    • thanks Vani, nice cake 😀

  7. Hi Ann, I am a huge fan of you’re work you are indeed very talented. I love you’re great ideas! You are a cooking mastermind. Haha. Anyways, I only want to make 8 cupcakes but how much ingredients would I need e.g. 1/3
    Thank you, keep making you’re great cakes and desserts best wishes Megan x

    • Hi Megan this one makes 24 so if you only want 8 then yes divide the recipe by three.

  8. Thanks for the recipe!
    (topped it with your White Chocolate Ganache Frosting)

    • They look fantastic, great job 😀

    • Wow yours turned out great! What did you use for the cone shaped tool?

      • Hi Carissa, It is a cake decorating fondant sculpting tool. You can purchase them as part of a set.

  9. I was cooked them and when I was done they were sooo good! They were soft and fluffy. I used your buttercream frosting and the hearts in the middle looked SO good(even though I did not have the cone tool). I love how mine turned out! Thank You So Much!<3 I made these for my parents anniversary today! (BTW: I am 12 years old and I live in the USA) !BYE! !THX!

    • Well donw Carmen sounds like you did a wonderful job. How lovely of you to bake for your parents anniversary, I like that.

  10. So I’ve just done to bake it. With hearts everything was ok. I didn’t have any cone-shaped item, so I used old and very good cleaned pen. The shape of the hearts was not so perfect as yours, but anyway it was pretty good and cute:) Also I don’t like to use food colors, so I used a bit of cacao powder. I’ve got a nice chocolate hearts inside. Thank you for this idea, Ann!
    I put one small spoon of vanilla extract, a little bit of cinnamon, a table spoon of honey and a peel of one orange.

    • Great idea for flavours well done

  11. Hi I only want to make six cup cakes not including the 3 extra for the heart so how many eggs do I need its for today can anyone help

    • Hi Jad you need 1/3 of the recipe

  12. I tried making your cakes but the timing on our oven was wrong so we ended up putting them in a bit longer

    • Hi Georgie, all ovens are a bit different so if you need ot put them in longer that is fine, just check when they are firm on top.

  13. hey what icing did you use for this? buttercream or?

  14. ermm i got a small question.if we do not have any cone shaped item what can we replaced it with so that it will still look like a heart shapped if we cut/eat de cupcakes??

    • hi chermaine, try a piping tip or a clean pen or anything that has the same shape.

  15. temperature to be cooked?
    Pleeease reply!!! :c

    • 160 C or 320 F. In the video. For the 3-d heart cupcakes. Best wishes!

      • Ariel! thank you very much! Best wishes to you too (:

  16. can we use cake flour instead of all purpose flour?

    • Hi Stephanie, You can use cake flour but you will need to add 1 teaspoon of cornflour to it for every cup of cake flour. This is because cake flour has less gluten then plain flour.

  17. The cupcake looks great and it is very creative, but what about the flavoring? Also how many cupcakes does this make? Please reply!!!!!

    • If you watch the video it says it makes 18 cupcakes (not including the three you use for making the heart shape)

  18. I was just wondering how many cupcakes this recipe made

  19. How many cupcakes does this recipe make?

    • 18 info is in the video

  20. hey, bonjur Ann I hope you are well;-)
    I have a small thing to ask you for the recipe cupcake Valentine
    can you explain me what is the cream of tartar and tablespoon baking powder
    Thank you for your reply
    Emmanuelle de France

    • cream of tartar or tartaric acid helps stabilise the egg whites.
      Baking powder makes teh cupcakes rise when baked.

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