Valentine's Day Cupcake Recipes

Choose from 30 cupcake recipes, decorated just for Valentine's Day. These cupcakes are almost too sweet to eat.

Staff Picks

REALLY Real Strawberry Cupcakes

Rating: Unrated
I've been messing around trying to make a perfect strawberry cupcake to go with the Real Strawberry Frosting I developed a couple of years ago. It's been a long road and lots of cupcakes tested and tasted along the way. The trick was NOT using puree as I do when making the frosting. Rather, grinding freeze-dried strawberries into a powder brought this cupcake recipe out of my test kitchen and into my recipe box! I am so pleased with the results!

"Zuccotto" Cupcakes

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These cupcakes are a little labor-intensive, but the end product is definitely worth the effort! Even though they don't have a liqueur incorporated with the cake, I call them zuccotto cupcakes because of the whipped cream filling and ganache topping. I made them for my own wedding, and have had to give out the recipe as well as make them for others' special events many times since!

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

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Love to make these little guys for family gatherings or just as treats for home to pack into lunches. Easy recipe to make. Adaptations can be made to make this completely from scratch. This is just a yummy simplified version!

Cupcake Princess' Vanilla Cupcakes

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This is my very own recipe for the best vanilla cupcakes that you will ever have. You can frost these cupcakes with any flavor of frosting you wish like vanilla, chocolate, lemon, strawberry, and lots more.
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Chef John's Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Who doesn't love a nice red velvet cake in cupcake form? They're moist, not too sweet, and they've got a gorgeous color. Serve these spread with cream cheese frosting.
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CINfully Delicious Chocolate Cupcakes

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My favorite flatmate gave me a recipe for snickerdoodle cupcakes which I transformed into these chocolate cinnamon delights since I'm not a big fan of snickerdoodles. Garnish with cinnamon sugar or cocoa and enjoy!

Mascarpone Strawberry Cupcakes

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These are the most moist cupcakes I have ever had. It is more of an adult cupcake, as it is not piled with frosting. The glaze on top gives just enough sweetness and flavor!

Light and Airy Strawberry Cupcakes

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These strawberry cupcakes will leave you begging for more! Moist, light, and airy, they look great with a white and pink swirl of frosting on top!

Black Bottom Cupcakes I

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Chocolate cream cheese cupcakes, rich and gooey. Serve these little gems with a tall glass of ice cold milk.

Cream Filled Cupcakes

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Delicious and simple to make, a creamy filling is piped into chocolate cupcakes with a pastry bag. Frost with your favorite chocolate frosting.

Moist Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Little versions of classic red velvet cake! Frost with cream cheese frosting or white frosting.

Almond Cupcake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

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A delicious cupcake with a to-die-for frosting! I came up with this for my friend's wedding--she wanted something different for her wedding cake (cupcakes). It turned out so good that I had to share!

Inspiration and Ideas

Our Best Valentine's Day Cupcakes

Here are our top 10 picks for homemade cupcakes (and cupcake frostings) so you can treat your sweeties to adorable homemade treats.

Simple 'n' Delicious Chocolate Cupcakes

"Absolutely, positively DELICIOUS chocolate cupcakes!" – Kim's Cooking Now!

Strawberry Cupcakes with Lemon Zest Cream Cheese Icing

Rating: Unrated

This was an experiment gone amazing! My seven-year-old and I baked these and agree that they are the best cupcakes. It's a simple strawberry cake mix with a little extra zest.