Make Heart Shaped Cupcakes Without a Special Pan

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This instructable will teach you how to make heart shaped cupcakes with standard cupcake pans. I got this idea from a mother whose child was in my oldest daughter's preschool class. We've been making this every Valentine's Day since.

Step 1: Get the Stuff

You need:
cake batter (one box prepared according to package instructions)
cupcake pans
cupcake liners
marbles
frosting
colored sprinkles (optional)

Step 2: Filling the Pans

Place liners in your pan(s). Fill with cake batter 1/2 full. Do not overfill!
Place a marble between the pan and the lining paper. This creates an indentation in the baked cupcakes that is the top of the heart shape. Bake as usual.

Step 3: Cool

Once they are baked, allow the cupcakes to cool at room temperature. The marbles will be quite hot so don't take the cupcakes out until they are cooled or you are prepared to handle the hot marbles. It is best just to wait it out.

Step 4: Frost

Part of the heart-shaped illusion is the frosting method. Take advantage of the indented part of the cupcake and spread your icing into two arches so it looks like the top part of the heart. At the point directly opposite of this, spread the icing to accentuate the look of a point. The best way to do this is to not spread to the edges of the cupcake top except where the arches and points are meant to go.

Cover with colored sprinkles, if desired.

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    Pamela

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Using glass marbles like this is brilliant! I love the mushroom-shaped cupcakes too. Thanks for sharing.

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    Sunbanks

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I used this method to make cupcakes for Easter that were shaped like bunnies. They looked sooooo good, but then when I went to put them in the oven they slipped out of my hand when they were halfway in and spilled ALL OVER the oven door.

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    munchie12

    10 years ago on Step 4

    This is cool! Now everyone can make bakery style cupcakes for our sweethearts. Best of all they're easy to do! Thanks for sharing.

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    NAOmni

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I love this! I'm linking to you on my blog, if you don't want me to use your pictures, just let me know. notanotheromnivore.blogspot.com NAOmni

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    kcli

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Very pretty instructible. I've also made these with rolled up pieces of aluminum foil instead of marbles. Not only does the foil form the heart shape, but it also doesn't overheat (plus I don't have to worry about where the marbles have been).

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    Kiteman

    10 years ago on Introduction

    What a simple and efficient idea! Small safety point - if you drop the hot marbles into something cold, they can shatter.

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    starshipminivanKiteman

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    No worries as they cool gradually on their own. You can also use other heat resistant stones, granted it should be clean. Pie weights come to mind but I don't have any.

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    canida

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, that's incredibly easy! Thanks for sharing such an awesome trick.

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    lemonie

    10 years ago on Introduction

    The marbles work really-well. To think other people would be making special tins. This is the sort of simple ingenuity that advances society - well done! L