There’s nothing like a holiday to have an excuse for doing something special for whoever you’re into. And who doesn’t like cupcakes and muffins?
What’s more, what could be a more meaningful present than something you take the time to make yourself?
When planning for the perfect Valentine’s Day recipes for my partner, I decided to focus on dessert, because she wanted to make the main course, and I couldn’t get over just how many great recipes were out there.
In this article, I’m going to present you with a shortlist of my findings – 28 of the best Valentine’s Day cupcake and muffin recipes across the net.
I’ve got everything from rich, indulgent chocolate recipes through to fresh fruity numbers. I’ve even included some boozy cupcake recipes, some vegan ones, and some extra healthy ones.
And there’s no doubt in my mind that you’ll find at least one recipe that you want to try out to treat someone special.
I’m also going to throw in a section where I answer your most frequently asked questions on the subject.
And without further ado, get those taste buds ready, because here we go!
We’re going to kick things off with something that’s not only super simple to make, but also looks really pretty too.
And nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like cupcakes shaped like hearts and covered in white, pink, and red frosting. To make the heart shape, you simply place a marble between the cupcake liner and the pan.
You can make them from scratch or use a packet mix.
If you fancy whipping up something a little different from your usual chocolate or vanilla cupcakes, how about a delicious red velvet cupcake recipe.
This recipe features easy to source ingredients, and also includes a recipe for the buttercream. It’s even topped with a delicious toffee Rolo! Do you love someone enough to give them your last Rolo?
Ooo la la! Check out this fancy recipe! It’s a 3-part boozy recipe, featuring a simple almond flavored cupcake with white chocolate ganache filling and there’s a delicious buttercream frosting made with actual champagne and fresh raspberries, all topped with a ripe raspberry to finish.
A truly luxurious cupcake if ever I saw one!
I just love this super cute and quirky Valentine’s Day cupcake idea – such fun!
You simply make lots of little heart shaped cupcakes, which get threaded onto skewers, and then you dip them in different flavored frostings before rolling them around in candies such as pretty pink, white and red, or chocolate sprinkles and confetti hearts.
If your sweetheart likes Oreo cookies, trust me they will absolutely love these cookies and cream cupcakes!
You can use a box mix and a packet of Oreos for the cupcakes, then make a deliciously creamy marshmallow filling for the center, use more Oreos for the frosting, and of course, top with mini Oreos for an incredibly tasty garnish!
I just love this recipe, and I’m pretty sure your sweetheart will love it too.
It’s fresh and citrus and fruity, thanks to the lemon juice, lemon zest, and raspberries, and it’s all topped with a delicious creamy white chocolate and vanilla buttercream frosting.
It comes highly recommended!
These boozy cupcakes not only look gorgeous, but they taste gorgeous, too.
It’s an extra special dessert, made with a fruity cranberry filling, combined with the light orange flavor of grand marnier in the cake, which pairs perfectly with the grand marnier cream cheese icing – yum!
If your sweetheart loves coffee and chocolate, trust me, they will simply adore these cupcakes! The cupcake comes out really moist and fluffy and a nice dose of coffee.
And the buttercream frosting is to die for, made with cocoa powder, espresso powder and vanilla extract. And to finish, you can top it with a chocolate covered coffee bean and dark chocolate shavings!
Now, these cupcakes may look kinda ordinary at first, but when your sweetheart bites into them, they will be greeted by a beautiful and tasty red velvet heart in the center. What a cute surprise!
You make the heart inside first, and place it in the batter for the cupcake housing, before topping with a fluffy cream cheese frosting.
These gourmet cupcakes are such a decadent treat. But despite being restaurant quality, they are surprisingly easy to make.
The cupcakes are perfectly moist with hints of coffee, and there’s an indulgent pinot noir chocolate ganache, topped with a whipped cream frosting made with frozen raspberries, and garnished with fresh raspberries to serve.
If there’s something you’ve been dying to say to your sweetheart, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity.
It’s super simple to make because you use a packet cake mix, and then make a frosting to spread evenly on the top, which you can then decorate with your message, whether it’s just Xs and Os, or even Marry Me!
These healthy cupcakes are both dairy free and gluten-free, thanks to the use of ingredients like almond flour, almond milk, and coconut oil.
They have a delicious filling made with freeze-dried strawberries, and there’s an amazing chocolate ganache, made with dairy free dark chocolate. Such a nice treat!
Moscato wine is famous for its sweet flavors of peaches and orange blossom. And it goes perfectly in this cupcake recipe, to make light and fluffy yet boozy cupcakes, that your other half is sure to adore.
What’s more, it’s topped with a delicious strawberry and vanilla frosting. Perfect for Valentine’s Day!
If your sweetheart is a fan of cinnamon, then this is the recipe you need to make for Valentine’s.
The cupcake features such ingredients as cocoa powder, melted chocolate, cinnamon oil, and cinnamon hearts. The recipe yields 12 cupcakes and is easy to make.
This ice-cream themed cupcake recipe is super cute. You start with a layer of chocolate cake at the bottom before layering with white cake mix.
And once baked, you frost them with a smooth and creamy strawberry buttercream frosting, to complete the tri-color Neapolitan look. And, better yet, they taste as good as they look!
What could be better than a double chocolate muffin, than one with an irresistible gooey Nutella melt in the middle center! It could be the quickest way to your sweetheart’s heart.+.
They come out deliciously moist and fluffy and are studded with chocolate chips. The recipe is easy to make and yields 12 stunning muffins.
For those of you who don’t already know, a tres leches cake is one which features three kinds of milk, resulting in a very light cake with lots of air bubbles.
And in addition to featuring buttermilk, evaporated milk and condensed milk, this particular recipe also has coconut flavors, from coconut milk, and shredded coconut in the whipped cream topping!
Sweet and seductive, these cupcakes feature a really moist and tender flavorful cupcake, filled with a lush, gooey caramel sauce in the middle, and it comes topped with a sweet and creamy vanilla butter frosting.
And you can garnish each cupcake with yet more delicious chocolate. The recipe is pretty easy and yields 12 servings.
This is the perfect Valentine’s Day cupcake recipe, for those of you who want to keep the vibes light and fun. These ice cream sundae cupcakes come out warm, fluffy and super cute with their various bright colors.
What’s more, these cupcakes are frosted with a smooth vanilla flavored buttercream, a generous portion of glorious melted chocolate, and of course candy sprinkles to complete the effect.
If your sweetheart loves peanut butter, they’ll likely agree with me that chocolate and peanut butter make for an excellently tasty flavor combination!
These cupcakes feature a chocolate and coffee flavored cupcake, a creamy peanut butter filling, a chocolate ganache, a delicious peanut butter frosting, and chocolate shavings to garnish.
This super cute, boozy take on the German classic black forest gateau dessert is absolutely delicious.
It’s made up of chocolate cake, a fruity cherry filling made with real cherries and cherry liquor, a vanilla flavored whipped cream, and is topped with fresh cherries and dark chocolate shavings.
Such an indulgent treat!
If your relationship is in the very early days, and you don’t know if your date is vegetarian or vegan, don’t worry because I’ve got you covered.
These cupcakes are beautifully citrus, and are not only dairy free and egg-free, but they are also gluten-free too.
They are filled with sweet lemon curd, frosted with lemon flavored buttercream, and you can garnish with a drizzle of lemon curd and lemon slices – yum!
Why should peanut butter and jelly be limited to sandwiches? Why not take this classic flavor combo, and put it into a cupcake, as per this recipe?
They feature a vanilla flavored cupcake, a more-ish peanut butter frosting, jelly (choose your sweetheart’s favorite) and you can top it with chopped peanuts for the perfect crunchy garnish.
If you would like to introduce some fresh flavors, but without fruit, then how about this recipe?
It features rich, indulgent chocolate cupcakes, and a delicious frosting made with such ingredients as heavy whipping cream, peppermint extract, and chocolate chips. All topped with Mint Andes candies for a scrumptious garnish.
Baileys Irish cream is such a smooth, sweet and delicious liqueur. And it goes great in this cupcake recipe. So if your partner is a fan of Baileys, then this is the Valentine’s Day cupcake recipe you need!
There’s Baileys in both the cupcake and mixture and in the frosting as well. Delicious!
If you’re good with your hands, you might like to try your hand at these super pretty cupcakes.
They’re like regular cupcakes but with an added touch of flair, thanks to the candy plaque topper onto which you can put your own detailed lace-like design, with dots, hearts, swirls and more.
How about serving your sweetheart their favorite dessert in cupcake form? It features key lime juice in both the cupcake and the fresh tasting, yet creamy frosting.
And you can garnish them with graham cracker crumbs and thin limes slices.
It does take some time to make, but trust me it’s absolutely worth it!
And now we’re going to go out with a bang. If your sweetheart has ever talked about enjoying s’more around the campfire, then they are sure to love these cupcakes.
It’s made with homemade devil’s food cake and is topped with a deliciously sweet marshmallow meringue frosting. Yum!
Answers To Your Most Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The Difference Between Cupcakes And Muffins?
Muffin batters are relatively thick, producing a dense texture comparable to bread. Meanwhile, cupcake batter is soft and smooth, making the result lighter and fluffier.
Also, cupcakes tend to have more sugar and fat than muffins, which makes them sweeter and more moist. This also means that muffins are the healthier option.
Should I Make Cupcakes Or Muffins?
As a general rule, cupcakes are more likely to feature frosting, which means you can get your frosting piping gadgets out and make your cupcakes look as pretty as can be.
But if your sweetheart is trying to lose weight, they may prefer muffins because, as discussed, they are usually a healthier option.
What Is The Most Liked Cupcake Flavor?
The most popular cupcake flavors are chocolate and vanilla.
How Do You Know When Cupcakes Are Ready?
Gently press down on the cupcake, and if the cupcake bounces back completely, they are done. However, if your finger leaves a dent, they need more time.
How Long Do Cupcakes Need To Cool?
First, you need to let the cupcakes cool in the pad for 5 to 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack for at least 30 minutes.
How Do You Keep Cupcakes Moist?
The best way to keep cupcakes moist is to store them at room temperature. However, if your cupcakes have frosting, you will need to store them in the refrigerator.
I trust that you have spotted at least one recipe that you like the sound of. If anything, you may have trouble trying to narrow your options down!
Anyway, I hope your cupcakes or muffins turn out great and that your sweetheart loves them!