Monday, January 16, 2012

Cupid’s Arrow Cupcakes


I was in the mood to make some red velvet cupcakes this weekend. Red velvet cake is so pretty on it’s own, you really don’t need to do much to decorate it. A luscious cream cheese frosting works just fine most of the time.


But since Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, I wanted to do something simple and fun for the occasion.


So I made some cute cupid’s arrows to adorn them.


To make these love struck cupcakes, you just need to insert a 6-inch lollipop stick through the top part of the cupcake papers.

You can use a toothpick to pierce through the paper on each side to make it easier to push the stick through. Hold the paper on each side as you push the stick through so the paper doesn’t separate from the cupcake.


Then you can cut out sweet little hearts to attach to each end.

Actually, cut out the hearts ahead of time so you’re prepared.

Attach the small heart to one end with a small piece of tape and cut two slits through the larger heart to allow the stick to slide through.

Cut along the white lines on the larger heart for a more feathery look. I decided not to because I thought they looked cleaner this way.


Here’s a pdf if you want to download the ones I made. There’s a pink and a red version of the hearts in the pdf.

Or if you are more prepared, you can look for two different size heart paper punches and some pink or red heavyweight paper and save a lot of cutting time.

Obviously, I wasn’t prepared.

But in a pinch, these hearts work great, too.


To decorate the cupcakes, I used an Ateco Tip #807 to swirl on a mountain of creamy cream cheese frosting.



Mini Heart Sprinkles

And then I sprinkled a few of these tee-niny heart sprinkles right on top.



But if you want to make them even easier, you can simply insert the arrow straight down through the frosting and into the cake below.


You can turn them into bleeding heart cupcakes, too. So easy!

Just attach a few hearts sprinkles upside down onto the frosting.

I used jumbo, regular and miniature heart sprinkles.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 Tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 cup oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 oz. red food coloring

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line trays with cupcake papers.
  • Lightly stir eggs in a medium bowl with a wire whisk. Add remaining liquid ingredients and stir together with whisk until blended. Set aside.
  • Place all the dry ingredients in your mixing bowl and stir together with another wire whisk.
  • Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on medium-high for about a minute or until completely combined.
  • Pour into cupcake pans and drop the pans on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.
  • Bake for about 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Makes 24 cupcakes

Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 cups confectioners’ sugar

  • Sift sugar and set aside.
  • Beat cream cheese and butter on high until creamy. Add vanilla.
  • Then, add the sugar in batches. Scrape down the sides in between each addition.
  • And frost away.


Either way you want to decorate, enjoy!


oh… and eat your heart out.

linda said...

Bakerella, when you were in seattle, did you try trophy cupcake’s redvelvet?? Is this recipe similar?

January 16, 2012 01:29 AM
Arielle said...

Those are adorable!! I love red velvet cupcakes! They are perfect for Valentines day!! :-)

January 16, 2012 01:31 AM
Jenni said...

Simply adorable. You are so wonderfully talented!

Can’t wait to try my hand at these!

January 16, 2012 01:31 AM
Pamela said...


January 16, 2012 01:32 AM
sara nieto said...

Thanks for sharing,xoxo

January 16, 2012 01:33 AM
RoMay said...

Beautiful, fun, inspiring, and I am certain delicious! Now I want to bake rather than go to sleep :)

January 16, 2012 01:33 AM
Kathryn said...

Very cute and simple, these look great!

January 16, 2012 01:33 AM
Hayley said...

Gorgeous, simple idea that looks amazing!

January 16, 2012 01:35 AM
Kelly said...

Yummers! Thanks for sharing!!!

January 16, 2012 01:36 AM
Alexis said...

Those are YUM-AZING! They really are cupid’s arrow cupcakes, because I’ve fallen for them. Absolutely yumtastic, Bakerella! Another recipe to add to my ever-growing to-do list!

January 16, 2012 01:37 AM
Patricia said...

LOVE them! Makes me wanna bake right now ^_^

January 16, 2012 01:39 AM
christina said...

Very cute! :)

January 16, 2012 01:40 AM
melva said...

I was waiting for you to do something yummy for Valentines Day. I love these cupcakes. You’re so creative. I’m for sure going to make these.

January 16, 2012 01:41 AM
Emily said...

So adorable… definitely pinning this… love!

January 16, 2012 02:00 AM
Tiffany S said...

Super cute!
I’ve never made red velvet before so this will be a good chance to when Valentines day rolls around.

January 16, 2012 02:00 AM
Catarina said...

I’m in love with your cupcakes. Thanks for sharing.



January 16, 2012 02:01 AM
Crystal said...

Amazing, They are adorable! Makes me wanna jump in the kitchen right now! <3

January 16, 2012 02:05 AM
Ashley P. said...

These are so simple, yet so cute!

January 16, 2012 02:19 AM
cecily ruvalcaba said...

i love this post, i bought the saw sprinkles and i will be making these cupcakes for my daughter’s teachers!

January 16, 2012 02:33 AM
PupCakes said...

As always, every detail is perfect. I don’t know how you do it. You are an artist. Beautiful and yummy!

January 16, 2012 02:58 AM
Tanya said...

Super cute ,defiantly going to make yum !

January 16, 2012 03:23 AM
Hilda said...

Lovely, arn´t they ?

January 16, 2012 03:55 AM
pinkslppr said...

Thanks, Bakerella. Great idea!

January 16, 2012 04:00 AM
Marina(the baker) said...

Red velvet is my FAVORITE flavor! I think I will make these for my class on valentine’s day! <3

January 16, 2012 04:06 AM
Delphine said...

They are absolutely lovely ! I’ll try to make some someday !

January 16, 2012 04:21 AM
libbywilko said...

Looks divine … thanks for the arrows :) and the recipe!

January 16, 2012 05:18 AM
Sylvia (My Lovely Bites) said...

These are so beautiful and cute! And how perfect your red velvet cupcakes turned out *_* Now I am all excited for Valentine’s Day which is still 1 month away! :)

January 16, 2012 06:10 AM
Southern Gal said...

Cute as always.

January 16, 2012 06:51 AM
Sally said...

Love them and have been looking for a good red velvet recipe, making these after work today! Thanks Bakerella!

January 16, 2012 06:55 AM
Amanda said...

That is such a cute idea! Happy Valentine’s Day!

January 16, 2012 07:02 AM
dee whisnant said...

I was wondering what I would make for my SMOMs (Salisbury Mothers of Multiples) group meeting, Now I know! thanks!!!!

January 16, 2012 07:18 AM
Belén said...

OMG they look too delicious! btw the coloring can be the liquid one?

January 16, 2012 07:32 AM
Seanna Lea said...

I love these. They are super cute. I need to come up with a good way to make them vegan (or at least egg free), so I can share them at work.

January 16, 2012 07:40 AM
Dani said...

LOVE! these!

January 16, 2012 07:43 AM
Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

i heart red velvet…it kind of completes me!

January 16, 2012 07:45 AM
Emily said...

Adorable! You’re so talented!

January 16, 2012 08:06 AM
I'm At Home Baking said...

Delicious!! These are really cute!

January 16, 2012 08:08 AM
Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

So cute, I made red velvet too this weekend, mine were not as cute.

January 16, 2012 08:28 AM
koren lynch said...

those look awesome!!! thanks so much!!

January 16, 2012 08:47 AM
Maureen said...

These are so cute I can’t stand it. I love red velvet cupcakes!

January 16, 2012 08:53 AM
Katrina said...

Awww, so pretty!

January 16, 2012 08:58 AM
Rebecca Ednie said...

A BBQ skewer would work well too and as its pointy already, no need to poke holes in advance with a toothpick!

January 16, 2012 09:01 AM
Anonymous said...

oh MY!
you know, once i did those, but instead of food coloring, i added raspberry extract, which is red, and i didnt look at the label, i just added and added, about 2 oz! then at last, i saw the label when i was cleaning up!
it was a total riot!
heh heh!:)

January 16, 2012 09:23 AM
aussiemarina said...

toooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute

January 16, 2012 09:35 AM
Marsha said...

Be still my heart.

January 16, 2012 09:36 AM
Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

Love it – adorable, simple, and easy. Even I could make those! :)

January 16, 2012 09:41 AM
Sandra Orr said...

Gonna make these for my Valentine’s Banquet for SS CLASS.
They are so perfect.

January 16, 2012 09:43 AM
Yael@ countrymousecooks said...

I am very curious about your backgrounds… do you do them in photoshop and/or use colored paper backgrounds? It is always so visually appealing to have those bright, solid colored backgrounds!

January 16, 2012 09:53 AM
keecam said...

Bakerella-these are so cute! But how do you get the lollipop stick clean once it’s through the cupcake? When you push it through the liner, won’t the stick get stained by the cupcake? I can imagine myself doing this and the sticks are all ugly stained on one side-just trying to prevent ugly cupid cupcakes which mine will may well end up looking like. Ha! By the way, you’re printables are FANTASTIC! So much more creative than a circle punch label :) Thank you SOOOOO much! :)

January 16, 2012 10:06 AM
B said...

By cream cheese, you mean like Philidelphia spreadable cheese? The tubs seem a little small and expensive to use on cupcakes.

January 16, 2012 10:11 AM
Brandy said...

I think these cupcakes are absolutely adorable! Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift with us all! Can you use cupcake batter and bake it in a 9×13 pan life a cake?

January 16, 2012 10:11 AM
Christine said...

ahh these are so simple and adorable! thanks for the heart templates, they are so professional looking! :)

January 16, 2012 10:42 AM
Mara @ Elemental Custard said...

Oh my these are adorable. I love the bleeding ones!

January 16, 2012 11:00 AM
Lisa said...

I am totally copying this idea!!! Pintrest!

January 16, 2012 11:01 AM
Mercedes said...

I love Valentines day purely because everything is pink and red and heart shaped and so naturally I love Valentine’s treats! These are just adorable!

January 16, 2012 11:05 AM
Heidi said...

these are super cute!! The part that is confusing to me is the part where you stick the stick in the cupcake. Wouldn’t the stick get cupcake on it and not be as white anymore?

January 16, 2012 11:14 AM
Connie said...

Very cute! I love this idea!

January 16, 2012 12:10 PM
Carolyn said...

For those that are concerned about the cupcake crumbs and color getting on the white-white lollipop stick, is there maybe a way that the stick could be cut into two pieces – and the back and front portions of the “arrow” be inserted into the cupcake separately? I’m wondering about the stability of the stick, once it is cut. I also wonder if the two stick pieces for the arrow could be inserted to look as if it is one long piece/arrow. Just thinking outloud here!

January 16, 2012 12:20 PM
Expedition Eat said...

These are just beautiful! Love that there is variety to the decoration….color of the cupcake & frosting themselves, sprinkles and then the cupcake “pick” that’s actually the arrow.

January 16, 2012 12:40 PM
Susan said...

These are so cute! Love the bleeding heart look too!

January 16, 2012 12:45 PM
Mary @ Bake Break said...

Cute cute cute!!

January 16, 2012 12:50 PM
MINDY1 said...

How darling :D-not a red velvet fan, I just like the cream cheese frosting-i’d eat that by itself O_o

January 16, 2012 01:12 PM
Bella's Bakery & Bowtique said...


January 16, 2012 01:20 PM
Jenna said...

I love the way these look; so cute and delicious!

January 16, 2012 01:25 PM
Angie said...

Oh my – these are adorable! What great Valentine’s Day inspiration :)

January 16, 2012 02:15 PM
Victoria said...

I had wanted to try these out, but i dont want food coloring into it. See, my son is allergic, but he lobes cream cheese. Any ideas on how to color it red?

January 16, 2012 03:00 PM
Veronika said...

i love it!!

January 16, 2012 03:39 PM
Hilary said...

As always Baerlla, too cute, and looks delicious too!

January 16, 2012 04:48 PM
Caroline @ Sifted Couture said...

I have been thinking about Red Velvet Cupcakes all weekend!

January 16, 2012 04:56 PM
FestivePartyGirl said...

These are adorable. I want to make them for my daughter’s class party. Thanks for the idea and the tutorial.

January 16, 2012 05:00 PM
La tavola toscana said...

I’ve never try the red velvet, but with your own recipe I can’t look forward…

January 16, 2012 05:56 PM
Sabrina Cadini said...

These are so great! I love the decoration!

January 16, 2012 06:04 PM
Kya said...

I make my favorite sugar cookie recipe, drop in a couple drops of red food coloring, use heart shaped cookie cutters, and bake. When cooled I use pink frosting on top of one, and add another one on top to make a heart shaped sandwich cookie!!!

January 16, 2012 07:17 PM
Emilia B said...

These are by far my favorite cupcakes PLUS my favorite pictures you have taken :D very pretty and a wonderful idea for valentines day! Thank you so much for the brilliant ideas! andddd the PDF :)

January 16, 2012 07:30 PM
Tiffany@fizzyparty said...

Love this! I made some red velvet cupcakes too. From a box, I cheated. I’ll be trying your recipe next time for sure!

January 16, 2012 07:46 PM
Vero said...

Hola!! Te escribo desde Argentina para comentarte que todas tus cosas son HERMOSAS y cuánto me alegra que seas tan amable de compartirlas. Un cariño grande, y la mejor de las suertes para vos!!

January 16, 2012 10:20 PM
Laurie-Whimsy Cookie Co said...

I love these cupcakes Angie!! Absolutely adorable .. A must for me to make!! Another ht!! Hugs!

January 16, 2012 10:25 PM
Ellen said...

Wonderful recipe. I’ve never made that kind of frosting before, but I’m going to try it this week. Thanks.

January 16, 2012 11:38 PM
Elaine said...

Have been reading your blog for a long time but first time commenting. How do you come up with all these ideas? Just lovely! Thanks for keeping up this great site — it makes me so happy and inspires my cooking and decorating projects even though I’m not great at baking.

January 17, 2012 02:14 AM
Tina "The Book Lady" said...

These cupcakes are beautiful! My friend Gail and I are thinking about making cake pops for the farmers market this summer & spring – which us luck. I’m sure we’ll be visiting this page for inspiration lots in the next few months!

January 17, 2012 02:16 AM
silvia patino said...

i love your red velvet recipe, i’ve tried so many and this one tops them all. i use it all the time! =)
but i must ask, how do get them to bake so evenly and equal?? they don’t always come out good for me.
thanks for all the inspiration.

January 17, 2012 02:42 AM
Dixie Lee said...

Yum-a-licious!! This is THE cupcake of choice for me.

January 17, 2012 07:34 AM
Barbara said...

Love the red cupcakes. My mom makes Waldorf Red Cake with home made buttercream icing. It is amazing. It’s even better than the cream cheese frosting.
Can’t wait to make these with the arrows and heart sprinkles.
Keep up the amazing things you do .

January 17, 2012 08:42 AM
Margot Madison said...

Those are so adorable and I’m so glad I worked my way through the post to see the bleeding heart ones too. “Pin”ed!

January 17, 2012 09:36 AM
Jenni said...

This was such a great recipe!! Thank you so much for sharing everything with us :)

January 17, 2012 11:10 AM
Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet said...

Too cute!

January 17, 2012 12:44 PM
Barb said...

Really, I thought you couldn’t have come up with anything cuter for Valentines day and then you land on these. Leave it to Bakerella! I was going to make the whoopie pies again, but these are hard to beat. Love them!

January 17, 2012 02:28 PM
Kennedi said...

These cupcakes just look delicious. I’m going to make them next week, I think. I don’t think mine will look as scrumptious, but it’s worth a try.

January 17, 2012 06:33 PM
Karen @ Sugartown Sweets said...

I just bought the tiny hearts! Now I can make these awesome (as usual) cupcakes :o)

January 17, 2012 08:33 PM
Becky said...

What a cute idea! I was just browsing St. Valentine’s Day baking goodies today and had fun ideas like this swimming in my head. They look delicious! :)

January 17, 2012 10:00 PM
Tanya said...

Simply LOVEly, lady! xxx

January 18, 2012 03:57 AM
Vicki said...

Ahhh bliss! Love these, and will lots of time to get myself organised for Valentine’s Day…

January 18, 2012 08:41 AM
Lilianna Grace said...

Can someone add these to Pinterest please! For some reason I can’t upload pins :(

January 18, 2012 11:31 AM
Ms Paperlicious said...

kids would love this! I wish there was a way to do red velvet without the red food coloring! i might try this with pom. juice as part of the liquid. love the fun color but not the food dye for my kids.

January 18, 2012 11:44 AM
Gina said...

Cute & romantic! I’m going to surprise my valentine with these.

January 18, 2012 12:45 PM
Daisy said...

I know what I’ll be doing this weekend…so cute I’m sure they taste as good as they look.

January 18, 2012 01:50 PM
Barbara said...

Their gorgeous!!!

I admire your blog, it’s so inspiring. Thank you so much.

January 18, 2012 02:01 PM
blue j said...

too cute! need to make these with my girls. :)

January 18, 2012 07:18 PM
Suzie said...

Just wanted to let you know that I made these cupcakes for my roommates birthday and they are the BEST red velvet cupcakes I have ever made or eaten. I will never use another recipe again. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!!! I

January 18, 2012 11:01 PM
Lucie said...

I love the bleeding heart cupcake. The frosting looks so delicious!

January 19, 2012 07:55 AM
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