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: 4.5 stars 56
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

Rating: 4.5 stars 71
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

Rating: 4.5 stars 269
Cupcakes made with pineapple cake mix, crushed pineapple, and brown sugar.

Cupcake Princess' Vanilla Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 297
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.

Chef John's Red Velvet Cupcakes

Rating: 4.5 stars 74
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.

CINfully Delicious Chocolate Cupcakes

Rating: 4.5 stars 28
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

Rating: 4.5 stars 17
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

Rating: 4 stars 6
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!

Grandma Gudgel's Black Bottom Cupcakes

Rating: 4.5 stars 144
My husband's Grandmother used to make these cupcakes every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. They became a family favorite. I was asked this year to make these in honor of her memory. They are very delicious with a nice cream cheese surprise in the center!

Almond Cupcake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

Rating: 4.5 stars 137
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!

Frosted Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
Refreshing and wonderful for summer, these lemony treats are easy and sure to please. This is the easy version. You can find some made from scratch elsewhere on the internet. I colored half the icing yellow and half pink.

Cream Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

Rating: 4 stars 15
A great 'surprise' in the middle of these delicious treats. Makes a great classroom treat for your birthday child, especially for the kids that LOVE the frosting and usually just lick it off the top. Use food coloring for various holidays for an even bigger surprise.

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
Rating: Unrated 231
"Absolutely, positively DELICIOUS chocolate cupcakes!" – Kim's Cooking Now!
Black Bottom Cupcakes I
Rating: 4.5 stars 863

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