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Conversation Cupcakes

Enjoy frosting sweet sentiments onto these valentines cupcakes by baking a batch ahead of time using no-fuss cake mix. You don't even need a heart-shaped muffin tin to make them. — Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    28 cupcakes


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon butter flavoring, optional
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Assorted food coloring, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line muffin cups with foil or paper liners. Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions for cupcakes. Place 1 marble (or marble-sized foil ball) in each muffin cup between liners and muffin pan to create heart shape.
  • Fill prepared cups half full. Bake according to package directions for cupcakes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter, shortening, milk, vanilla and, if desired, butter flavoring until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. If desired, tint frosting with food coloring. Frost cupcakes and decorate with Valentine messages.
Nutrition Facts
1 cupcake: 228 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 163mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Crystal
    Feb 10, 2020

    What I do not see here is how to get the 'Indentation' at the top to make the Heart Shape... You can use a short little round stick and place it pressed against the paper cup, in the pan. If you do not have one, wooden skewers cut down, work just fine...

  • amiracle2012
    Jan 29, 2016

    These cupcakes were great, however I didn't have a heart shaped muffin pan I used different color icing and added conversation hearts on the top and this just may be the one I go with. The "testers" loved them

  • GooFan
    Jul 26, 2012

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    Jul 26, 2012

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  • 157Jen
    Feb 10, 2012

    I'm baking these cupcakes for my daughter?s birthday party this year. We did a test run and she loved them so much that she wants me to make extras so her friends to take one home with them. I?m going to let the kids write their own message on the cupcake they take home.I checked online and found that Box and Wrap was a great place to get cupcake boxes. I have stickers, markers, and crayons so the kids decorate their own cupcake box. At least the extra baking will keep me from buying party favors to give the kids.

  • skywaitress
    Jan 29, 2012

    A small ball of foil works great if you dont have a marble. These tasted great and looked so cute! If you are going to eat something sweet, it may as well be cute too!

  • halbanana12
    Feb 6, 2008

    Really cute! For the people that do not have heart shapped tins- put a marble on the outside of the paper liner in the tin- they turn out heart shapped!

  • helen stevenson
    Jan 8, 2008

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    Oct 16, 2007

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  • Janet
    Jan 21, 2007

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