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Treat your sweetie to a Valentine's Day cupcake that shows your love from the first bite. You'll fall in love with the easy decorating techniques and sweet flavors used to create these delicious gems that are perfect for Valentine's Day.
Get your "Happy Valentine's Day" message across loud and clear. Print love notes or valentine greetings on decorative paper and cut into narrow strips. Wrap each strip around a toothpick, and glue a tiny wood bead to the tip. Adorn your favorite frosted cupcakes with the sweet, heartfelt messages.
For guaranteed valentine goodness, stack the cupcakes in your favor. Sweet filling unites the moist cake layers for a perfect marriage. Simply slice the cupcakes horizontally into thirds and slather your favorite filling between layers. We used creamy vanilla pudding, but fruity jam also works. If vanilla cake is your choice, try a chocolate pudding filling or use lemon curd. Swirl the top of these Valentine's Day cupcakes with your favorite frosting.
Get to the heart of the season with our adorable Valentine's Day desserts. Pink-frosted cupcakes topped with fondant hearts overflow with valentine wishes. To decorate the cupcakes, tint a portion of fondant pink. Roll out to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut hearts from fondant using tiny heart-shape cookie cutters. Repeat with white fondant. Arrange hearts in assorted sizes and colors on frosted cupcakes.
Turn your Valentine's Day cupcakes into a beautifully decorated affair! Watch as we show you how to decorate with candy flowers and lemon butterflies.
Show your love this Valentine's Day in black and white. Simply bake up a batch of your favorite brownies and cut out with a heart-shape cookie cutter. Drizzle on a little white icing for pretty contrast. The marbled icing on the cupcakes hints at a flavor secret: Each cupcake is half chocolate and half vanilla.
Wise owls know exactly who loves them, and with these cute toppers, so will everyone on your Valentine's Day list. Use our free pattern to assemble the owls using cardstock, googly eyes, and scrapbooking embellishments.
Whisper sweet nothings to the ones you love this Valentine's Day with our conversation heart cupcakes. Swirl your favorite cupcakes with creamy frosting and adorn them with a scattering of message-bearing heart-shape candies.
For an interesting and adorable Valentine's Day treat, wear your heart on a decadent dessert. Red Velvet Cupcakes sport the color of the season. With a heart-shape cookie and a little powdered sugar, they're dressed for a party -- whether it's for two or more.
Make your Valentine's Day cupcakes oh-so-adorable with our tips and tricks for decorating with candy. We offer 11 creative ideas for mastering the perfect display.
When nothing but roses will do for your true love, create a cupcake bouquet to give for Valentine's Day. The pretty red petals are so easy to make, you'll have a dozen in no time. The secret ingredient: fruit leather dusted with sugar!
Spell out your desires with a collection of adorable valentine cupcakes. Romantic, charming, or passionate, your message is easily and deliciously delivered. Glaze alphabet cookies with thin icing, then sprinkle them with colored sugar. Perch the sugared letters atop frosted cupcakes, and arrange the cupcakes to send the perfect message.
Let your love pour out of this truffle-filled Valentine's Day cupcake. Elevate luscious red velvet cake with a fudgy filling that will make your heart melt. A topping of raspberry preserves bathes the cupcakes with the perfect accent.
As if chocolate weren't enough, this Valentine's Day cupcake stacks the deck. A layer of chocolate-pecan ice cream drips with caramel ice cream topping. Toss on toasted coconut and more pecans for a truly decadent topping. It's the perfect dessert to satisfy your sweetheart's sweet tooth.
These cupcakes may be bite-size, but the cherry on top makes them live large. Mini vanilla cakes filled with cherry marmalade send a loving Valentine's Day message no one can miss.
Cupcakes can speak volumes. Start with frosted cupcakes in vanilla, chocolate, or your valentine's favorite flavor. With a piping tip, write a word of love on top of each cupcake in a contrasting color. Keep it simple with "Be Mine," or make it a sonnet if you're inspired.
Kindle the admiration of those you love this Valentine's Day. Sparks will fly when friends and family bite into vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry -- all in a single cupcake! Even better, the easy pink-and-white frosting starts with ice cream.
Raspberries speak of romance, and these Valentine's Day cupcakes scream delicious, too. A hint of raspberry flavor in the cupcake batter nods to the romance, and cream cheese frosting topped with a fresh berry embraces the fun in rich red velvet taste.
Tempt your valentine with a cupcake that looks sweet but harbors a secret. This cupcake entices with a hint of almond and a cherry buried within the cakey goodness.
These sweet Valentine's Day gifts are only finished when you put the bow on top. Vanilla candy coating and dark chocolate are the foundations of these easy-to-shape bows. Sophisticated and sweet, the dark-and-light contrast creates a package you'll be pleased to share with those you love.
Drink in the tangy goodness of lemon and raspberries. A drizzle of raspberry liqueur spikes the batter for even more Valentine's Day punch. If you prefer, a variation skips the alcohol but none of the flavor.