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.

Midwestern Belle said...

Could these be any cuter?! Thanks for the printable, too! :)

January 19, 2012 10:48 AM
Laura S said...

omg so cute!! as usual :)

January 19, 2012 12:14 PM
Mighty Morgan said...

These are so simple and adorable, which makes them completely awesome!!! You come up with the cutest ideas!!

January 19, 2012 08:40 PM
Anna said...

This reminds me yet again, that I seriously need to attempt making my own red velvet cake.
As always: beautiful! You have such a wonderful blog!

January 20, 2012 02:51 AM
buttercream bakehouse said...

Very creative. Always get the best inspiration from you.

January 20, 2012 10:47 AM
Baker Bettie said...

Oh! These are adorable. Cute cute cute.

January 20, 2012 05:35 PM
KatieK. said...

Jenny sent me. Your photos are beautiful. I had to quickly read your 2011 story. You are now a role model for me – how to approach your dreams while dealing with some major issues.
Looking forward to reading more and trying some recipes.

January 20, 2012 09:54 PM
sunny said...

I love these. They are so adorable and easy too. My fav is the bleeding heart.

January 21, 2012 12:32 PM
doro K. said...

to pretty to eat!

I linked to your recipe on my blog – thanks for sharing!

doro K.

January 21, 2012 03:33 PM
Amanda M said...

I made these tonight and I think that I must have made some mistakes. Baking is new to me though. Not sure what kind of vinegar and oil to use so I used vegetable and apple cider (it was the only vinegar I had that wasn’t balsamic/wine.) Also, I guess I need to make sure that I use regular white sugar and not the turbinado sugar (which has worked in other cupcake recipes but they had a very wet batter.) The sugar didn’t dissolve so it made the tops of the cupcakes hard and crispy. Next time I hope these adjustments make a difference. Any suggestions of tips from anyone are appreciated.

January 22, 2012 01:07 AM
anoymous said...

bakerella, i’d like you to know that i was on youtube looking at cake pop videos, and i noticed a video called bake pops – the easiest way to make cake pops, and their decorations were THE SAME as yours. for example there were your lions, your baby chicks, bees, pigs, ice cream cone pops, your jac-o-lanterns, mummys, CUPCAKES, rudophs, etc. based on what I read in your FAQ, i think that you should know about this video.

P.S. i love your blog!

January 22, 2012 01:28 PM
Megan said...

You never fail to amaze me! How cute are these!!!

January 23, 2012 10:48 PM
Delicious Margarita said...

love love love red velvet cake, I tryed it for the first time last december and I have fallen in love with it! I have to try this lovely cupcakes!

January 24, 2012 07:44 AM
Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} said...

i’m completely in love with these cupcakes! They look amazing!

January 24, 2012 05:11 PM
a3stars said...

Thanks to your lead, my husband and I are going to be making red velvet cupcakes for our loved ones on Valentine’s Day too, with cream cheese frosting. As an added sweet treat, we are going to make dipped strawberries in white and red chocolate and add one on top of each cupcake. :D I think both together will really scream Valentine’s Day for everyone, and add a little extra decadence, which I am so willing to take advantage of. ;)
Love to you, Bakerella

January 25, 2012 11:33 AM
Marian (Sweetopia) said...

I should have known these were yours, Angie! I saw these on Pinterest and thought the were so clever and so pretty! Thumbs up for another amazing idea! Thanks for the printable too! My students and I will use these for sure! xo

January 25, 2012 09:52 PM
Mary Sanavia said...

These are GENIUS!!! and so easy to make.

January 26, 2012 08:07 PM
Mylene said...

This is amazing, I made some today and love it. first time i made some red velvet cupcake.

January 27, 2012 03:01 PM
ash said...

i just love them!!! ur just perfectly amazing !!! cant wait for ur other recipes

January 27, 2012 11:36 PM
Trinafrancisco said...

I’ve been stalking your website for a while now.
And I must say your blog is so amazing! I tried the cake pops and my friends liked it. :) Thank you!!

Also, a while ago I tried baking carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frost.. but I don’t think I got it right. I got the recipe from somewhere else and the cupcake turned out not-so-soft. :(

I might try your recipe next week. :)

January 31, 2012 04:34 AM
Jaime said...

These are just DIVINE!! Red Velvet are my ALL time favourite!! You make the frosting look SO easy…

January 31, 2012 05:18 AM
Danielle said...

I am looking forward to using this recipe next week for my sister’s baby shower. I was wondering how to store them once the cream cheese frosting is on them. Do they have to be put in the fridge or can I make the night before the shower and I am okay?

February 2, 2012 08:13 AM
Basma said...

Hi, I tried making them but my question is when I made the cream cheese frosting it did not hold on the cupcakes like the one u did, especially when I used the big tip? Can u help me

February 4, 2012 10:45 AM
Lauren said...

Thank you for this amazing idea! And thank you for the PDF download so we can make them exactly as pretty as they are meant to be. You are awesome, Bakerella! You put a smile on my face every time I come here. :)

February 5, 2012 02:15 PM
Angela said...

These are too cute! Very creative with the arrows. I needed some fun inspiration for Valentine Day goodies and these will for sure be on the list!

February 6, 2012 07:24 PM
Arianna said...

I just made these and they are too cute! thanks for the idea!

February 9, 2012 05:18 PM
Blair said...

What kind of oil would you recommend using? Olive or vegetable?

February 12, 2012 01:45 AM
Cayley said...

Hey guys,
i JUST made these. Followed all the directions exactly and they turned out PERFECTLY. if you let the cupcakes cool and they’re cooked properly then THE STICKS STAY WHITE!! Thanks bakerella! Happy Valentines Day!

February 13, 2012 12:08 PM
Nicole said...

I made these today and they turned out so perfect! Happy Valentine’s Day to me!

February 13, 2012 09:03 PM
Jen said...

I made the green velvet version of these over the weekend for St. Patty’s day and they were absolutely adorable! Mine did turn out a little dry and chewy. Any idea how I might remedy that?

March 19, 2012 09:49 AM
Tanya said...

I’ve never tried red velvet cakes, either to eat or to make, and am slightly cautious about the amount of food dye required for a batch of the batter.
I’m curious, can you tell me if the food dye changes the texture of the cake at all? Given that food dyes are (generally) tasteless, I presume it doesn’t change the taste.
I’m asking here because as an Aussie, I don’t have many friends who have made red velvet cake.

March 21, 2012 02:22 AM
Chantrelle said...

Love, love, love your website and cooking tips…..Looking forward to start baking again…….

April 4, 2012 11:14 AM
Tiffany said...

Made these lovely cupcakes last week and they were absolutely delicious! My family enjoyed it. I don’t have to buy (often overpriced) red velvet cupcakes now that I can make my own with this great recipe. ;) You’re amazing. Thank you so much Bakerella. You’re my baking inspiration!

April 30, 2012 01:14 PM
Jo Skidmore said...

We love this recipe! My daughter (16 yr old) has actually made red, blue and purple versions of these. She’s in charge of cupcakes. She doesn’t realize how easy the frosting is as well, but thats my assignment. Betwen the two of us, we make awesome cupcakes.

May 9, 2012 02:09 AM
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May 17, 2012 07:14 AM
Frida said...

Mmm, this just look so great that i have to try them out. A bit hard to understand al the ingrediens since i’m from sweden. Thank god for google translate=) Lets bake away^^

August 7, 2012 11:04 AM
Candice said...

By Golly I think I got it…Bakerella never fails me!!!! I should have came here FIRST!!!!


November 21, 2012 11:34 AM
Vera Zecevic-Cupcakes Garden said...

These are gorgeous, what a cute and creative decoration.I’ve featured this recipe on my blog, hoping that you don’t mind, but if you do, please contact me and I’ll remove it. All the best.

January 13, 2013 08:59 AM
Melanie said...

I am in love with that frosting. You rock bakerella:-)

January 17, 2013 10:34 AM
Lara said...

Thank you for this excellent recipe. I made these cupcakes a few days ago for my birthday party. I left out the heart decoration and instead topped each one with a raspberry. They tasted excellent. Really moist. Everyone loved them!

January 25, 2013 05:31 AM
Tanja said...

Those are really cute! I love them!

March 20, 2013 02:56 PM
Louisa said...

About to make these for a valentines party with my friends! Can’t wait to try it out! x

February 13, 2014 12:44 AM
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