The surprise kiss is inside each cupcake.
Cake mix or favorite cake recipe - Mix batter per instructions on box or recipe.
Cupcake papers (liners)
Marbles (regular glass marbles)
Icing (pre-made "store bought" or favorite recipe)
Chocolate Candy Kisses (with almonds - op)
Plastic Sandwich bag (or similar) for pastry bag
Red Food Color (op) paste or liquid
Message Sweet Heart Candies (op) or other decorations for tops (op)
Step 1: Supplies Are Ready
Gather ingredients for batter, such as box mix, eggs, water, oil etc....
Follow directions on box mix or recipe.
Have marbles ready to put into tins.
Step 2: Mixing Batter
Scoop spoon fulls of batter into each cupcake slot, fill about 2/3 full,
Do not over fill.
If it is too full the cupcakes will not have a heart shape.
To make the heart shape place the marble between the liner and tin.
Note: I found that putting the marble in after the batter worked better for me.
Step 3: Baking With Marbles
Test for done-ness - stick a tooth pick in a cupcake - no batter on stick means "done"
or if it springs back when you lightly touch top of a cupcake it is done.
After cupcakes are baked, and while they are still warm push a chocolate kiss point side down first into the center of each cupcake.
Note: I used Kisses with almonds. For an extra surprise.
Step 4: Preparing Icing
Pink icing: Whether you are using "store-bought" or your favorite icing recipe you can color the icing.
With either the paste or liquid type food color it only takes a tiny bit to color, always start with a tiny bit of color... because it is easy to add more but almost impossible to lighten.
Red Color Note: If you want a true "red" use the paste type color because the liquid red could make your icing runny and hard to work with.
For a quick pastry bag use a plastic sandwich bag or similar bag. Fill the bag with icing, to make for easy filling of the bag but it over a glass or cup to hold it in place, while you add icing.
After filling the bag squeeze icing toward one corner of the bag.
Step 5: Decorating Time
Note: I said tinysnip because if you need a bigger hole cut it again it easier to cut more off than change bags.
Make dollops ( dots) of icing on tops of the cupcakes to cover the tops of each cup cake.
Finish with Message Heart Candies or other decorations.
Enjoy and share Heart Shape Cupcakes with a Surprise Kiss!!
"Happy Valentines Day!"