Happy Valentine's Day!!
I wanted to make some Valentine's Day cupcakes to donate to my children's school PTA Valentine's Day Bake Sale. I have seen this technique around Pinterest and other Food blogs but have never tried it myself. This is so simple and they come out adorable with no special tools or cupcake tins. All you need is 24 marbles or large round glass beads, two regular round cupcake pans and 24 cupcake liners and you are all set. You can of course make your favorite cupcake and frosting recipes but in a pinch a boxed mix and canned frosting works out great!
Cake batter, prepared (any flavor you like)
1 container frosting, any flavor/color
2- 12 cupcake pans
24 cupcake liners
24 marble or large round glass beads
sprinkles or decorations optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners. Prepare cake batter according to box directions or recipe. Pour batter about 1/2 - 2/3 full and then carefully place a marble between pan and cupcake liners to make indentation (as seen in picture below). I have also placed marbles in-between pan and liners before pouring in batter. I think this might be easier and you will not accidently overfill liners although either way will work. Bake cupcakes for 20-23 minutes. Cool completely on rack before frosting. Now you can be creative and frost and decorate your cupcakes anyway you like.