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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  1. Ann…I know you will probably never read this…But i made these heart inside cupcakes for valentines day! The heart is rasperry flavoured. Thanks for the inspiration. xx

    • Hi Syreeta, That’s great to hear. Well done!

  2. Hi. I was wondering if you are allowed to use the mixture as a cake mix or if I am allowed to use a cakebox mix but do the same procedure?

    • Hi Esther, you could but you will need to experiment with the quantity of cake that you add back into the mix.

  3. I made these for Valentine’s day…I used almond extract to flavor the hearts…and they are AMAZING!! Thank you for the tips and recipe! Any chance you have nutritional information? I know…probably shouldn’t even want to know with desserts, but I have friends who “track” everything and I was hoping to provide the info for them.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Skm, Sorry I don’t have that info for you, but you could find out using a simple web search using the ingredients listed.

  4. Thanks for the recipe. I hope the girls at work enjoy these too.

    • Sorry couldn’t get the photo to load last night.- Hopefully it works this time

      • Hi Hay, These look fabulous!

  5. Hey! I was wondering if I could use a boxed cake mix instead of making the batter myself?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Fauve, You could use a boxed cake mix but you will need to experiment to ensure you have enough batter.

  6. Hey Ann,can I use liquid colour for the heart in the middle??Love your accent!!

    • Hi Seraani, Yes you can.

  7. Hi, i do not want to use gelatin nor do i have. Can’t i just make a normal batch of vanilla cupcakes and make the hearts?

  8. I want to thank you so much for taking your time to make these videos also I was wondering how’s u cupcakes does this recipe make ps you are AWESOME please reply asap

  9. If I don’t have gelitine or cream of tartar is
    It worth buying some or can I skip it out xx

    Love you and ur amazing talent xx

    • Hi Abby, the texture is much better if you have these ingredients and the shapes hold more effectively. You can leave the gelatine out if necessary.

  10. I made this cupcakes and they turned out to be amazing, Thank you Ann

    • excellent 🙂

  11. Hi Ann! one question,how many cupcakes can u make in this recipe?

  12. my friends birthday is comeing and I want to make her something and I picked thease cupcake it is febuary 10

  13. Hey Ann!!!! By the way it seems like I’ve only eaten the ones that didn’t have a heart shape coz I tried another one right now and this one had a heart!!!! Oh! And I forgot to ask you but what is the oven temperature for this recipe? I couldn’t find it so I just did it in 180 degrees Celsius.

  14. Hi Ann!!! I tried making these cupcakes and it turned out…pretty bad. I only used 5 eggs because that was what I had at that moment and it didn’t cause any trouble, the batter looked the same as yours but the thing is the heart didn’t work. I didn’t have a cone shaped item so I used a piping nozzle which was shaped kind of like a cone but it didn’t work. Mine just turned out as a circle…
    By the way I just LOVE your channel and you totally got me into cooking!!! Thank you soooooooooo much!!

  15. hello 🙂 if i dont have electric mixier to make soft peak? it is okey thank you.

  16. Hey Ann I’d love to make some of these cupcakes for a very good friend, but he and I, we don’t eat gelatine, do you know Agar Agar? Could I use this instead of gelatine? If yes, do you know how much of it? Also I’d like to know…how many muffins do you get out of the mixture…12 or 18 muffins?

    Well thank you and all the best to you!
    Greetings from Germany!

    • Yes, I think you can use agar. I’ve tried it and it works perfectly fine. The difference between aspic and agar gelatin being that agar needs to be brought to a boil before it sets.

  17. Hi Ann
    Should i use gelatin

    • Hi Teresa yes it is working as an emulsifier in this recipe

  18. Hi Ann, I want to do half batch of the cupcake, should I use 3 eggs or 4 eggs? Thanks

    • 4 if small, 3 if large if they are in the middle then I’d go 4

  19. I want to know what kind of frosting you used

  20. I made these cupcakes for my mom for her birthday and they were so good and so creative! The hearts in the middle are so creative! She loved them! Thanks for generously sharing your talent with others. This is a recipe I will certainly make again sometime soon.

    • that’s awesome Elizabeth and happy birthday to your mum

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