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Surprise Inside Heart Cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting, with a surprise red velvet heart inside!

Surprise Inside Heart Cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting, with a surprise red velvet heart inside! from ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #surpriseinside #cupcakes #valentinesday

Already thinking of sweets you can make your sweetie this Valentine’s Day? You’ve come to the right place! I love all those surprise inside cakes! All plain but still pretty on the outside…

Surprise Inside Heart Cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting, with a surprise red velvet heart inside! from ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #surpriseinside #cupcakes #valentinesday

And then BAM!

Surprise Inside Heart Cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting, with a surprise red velvet heart inside! from ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #surpriseinside #cupcakes #valentinesday

Surprise! Looks complicated, doesn’t it?! Not at all!! In fact, I even used boxed cake mix for these! Easy peasy, and delicious.

Surprise Inside Heart Cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting, with a surprise red velvet heart inside! from ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #surpriseinside #cupcakes #valentinesday

Topped off with the easiest homemade vanilla bean butter cream frosting and you are good to go!

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Surprise Inside Heart Cupcakes

Prep: 45 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 24 each

Ingredients
  

Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Instructions

Hearts

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place red velvet cake mix, 1 cup water, 3 eggs and 1/3 cup oil into a large bowl. With a hand mixer on low speed mix until moistened 30 seconds. Place on medium speed and mix for 2 minutes.
  • Pour batter onto a sheet tray lined with parchment paper, spread out evenly. Bake 20-24 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Place on a wired rack to cool. When cooled completely, take a small heart shaped cookie cutter and carefully cut out 24 mini hearts and set aside.

Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place french vanilla cake mix, 1 cup water, 3 eggs and 1/3 cup oil into a large bowl. With a hand mixer on low speed mix until moistened 30 seconds. Place on medium speed and mix for 2 minutes.
  • Place 1 Tablespoon of batter into lined cupcake tin. VERY GENTLY place a red velvet heart in the center, do not press down or you will have a circle, not a heart. Cover with about 1 Tablespoon of batter.
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and they look done on top.

Buttercream

  • Place butter and half of the sugar in a large bowl. Whip on high speed until sugar is incorporated. Add the remaining sugar and whip on high speed until light and fluffy, 3 minutes.
  • Add in the vanilla, mix to combine. Add in half of the milk and whip until combined, add remaining milk if mixture is too thick.
  • Top cupcakes with frosting (I used a large open star tip), decorate with sprinkles if desired, serve and enjoy!
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Yum! These would be so great for a class party or just because!

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17 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    They r really looking yummm… and soo lovly.. Do the cooked heart shapped cakes harden when cooked again ?

  2. Albertina Santiago says:

    The cupcakes are beautiful. Red velvet is one of my favorite flavors.

  3. Love the heart cupckes. Saving this for Valentines Day !!! Thanks for sharing.

  4. These are beautiful! I’m glad you gave us the warning about not pressing too hard when we place the heart shape in the batter. I definitely needed that!

  5. Shelly DeWitt says:

    4 stars
    I made these today, but for some reason only half turned out to where the hearts didn’t float to the top. Not sure why that happened.

  6. Shelly DeWitt says:

    Did you use regular sized cupcake pans? Also, what size sheet pan did you use?

  7. These are probably the coolest things I’ve ever seen. My kids would be so excited to see the cute heart in the middle! I’ve got to make these!

  8. Where do I find that tiny heart shape cutter

  9. It was in a pack of four cookie cutters, I got it at a craft store. I’m sure they still have some similar.

  10. What size sheet tray did you use or recommend for the cake for the cut outs? Going to try these for my son’s birthday with his first initial in some and age in others.

    Thanks!

  11. These look so pretty! Tell me, could I make homemade red velvet and vanilla cake? Would that work?

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