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Treat your special someone to adorable homemade sweetheart cupcakes with a surprise inside. I'll share tips to make these cute and clever treats.

Sweetheart Cupcakes

Sweetheart Cupcakes
Photo by Dianne

Everyone who bites into these super-cute cupcakes wonders how they managed to get filled with three different colors of cake. Turns out there's a pretty easy trick. Once you know it, you can make colorful cupcakes for all kinds of themed occasions.

Watch the video to see how to get the colors inside the the cupcakes.

Tips for Success

The best advice always comes from home cooks who've actually made the recipe, right? Here are a few of the most useful tips from the AR community:

  • "Make sure you push the tip of the bag (with colored mix) down into the white batter so you get the effect of the picture. My first batch had more of a tri-layered look instead of the centered colored look. Oops. :)" - Kea
  • "For those of you who want to achieve the colored stripes in your icing, simply paint a stripe about 5-inches long down each side of your piping bag with gel coloring. You can use one color or multiple colors, depending on the look you're going for. Carefully fill the bag with icing and start playing!" - CookinBug
  • "Instead of using the third tinted cake batter, I made mint chocolate ganache for the center of the cupcakes. FABULOUS!!" -LINGYV
  • "Great idea, works perfect. Instead of bags for the coloured batter I used my plastic icing containers to squirt it in." - MrsCdnFrog
  • "I frosted them with Rick's Special Buttercream Frosting and added 1 teaspoon raspberry flavoring to that too. What a beautiful, yummy treat for my hubby this Valentine's Day!" - Dianne
  • "Followed others' tips on making sure you push the tip of the bag to the bottom." - sarahlynn

Why stop at Valentine's Day? These cupcakes are perfect for revealing "It's a Girl" or "It's a Boy" for baby showers. Surprise!

For team colors:

Sweetheart Cupcakes
Photo by Lori

For Fourth of July:

Sweetheart Cupcakes
Photo by SHORECOOK

For St. Patrick's Day:

Sweetheart Cupcakes
Photo by CookinBug


More: See our entire collection of Valentine's Day dessert recipes.