This is our yearly Valentine's Day tradition! We like to make these cakes in the shape of hearts and the kids get to decorate them! This year we even colored the white cake pink--just for fun!
Here is a brief explanation on how to do this WITHOUT a purchased heart pan!
First, make your favorite cupcake recipe. Fill paper cup liners 2/3 full with batter. Then, place a marble to the side of each cup, like this:
Then, bake as you normally would and remove the cupcakes from the pan--they baked in the shape of the heart. Sometimes, they don't turn out perfectly heart-like, but I make them look that way with the frosting! Have fun with it!