5 Valentine’s Day Cupcakes to Make for Someone Sweet

Nothing says, "You’re special" like a thoughtful, homemade treat.

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It’s hard not to love a homemade cupcake, especially on Valentine’s Day. That creamy swirl of frosting piped on top of the sweet, fluffy cake; the cute, decorative paper covered with pink hearts and flying Cupids; the fact that this one, miniature cake was meant just for you — I can’t think of a better way to share the love on February 14th than cupcakes!

Need a Valentine’s Day-themed treat for your kiddos? How about a thoughtful homemade gift for a few of your best friends? Maybe a special dessert for someone sweet? A freshly baked cupcake is sure to put a smile on their face.

Here are 5 recipes to help you spread the love.

Mini Cupcake Chocolate Box (pictured above)

This heart-shaped box of treats may look like store-bought chocolates but imagine the surprise on your special someone’s face when they realize it’s actually an assortment of homemade chocolate cupcakes!

These super-elegant cupcakes may look like they require a ton of work but Giada keeps it simple by using a boxed cake mix, fresh raspberries and an easy-to-make whipped cream.

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Food Styling: Karen Evans

Photo by: Sam Kaplan

Sam Kaplan

It’s what’s on the inside that counts — and these jumbo cupcakes are no exception. A fresh strawberry hidden away in the middle of the cake will look just like a heart when you cut into it.

There’s a simple way to turn classic vanilla cupcakes into an over-the-top Valentine’s Day creation: top each one with a chocolate-covered strawberry. Two treats in one!

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Like a poke cake but better! These chocolate cupcakes are drizzled with a simple red wine syrup while they’re still warm — making them moist, rich and oh-so-flavorful.

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