Perfect for Valentine’s Day or as a gift for a loved one any time of year, these cute Vegan Hidden Heart Cupcakes taste as sweet as they look. Vegan, No-Egg, No-Dairy and surprisingly easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make them.
Vegan Hidden Heart Cupcakes
Who needs roses for Valentine’s day when you can have a hidden heart in a cupcake to share the love!! Can we just take a moment to appreciate how adorable these cupcakes look! A light and fluffy vanilla cupcake topped with a swirl of cream cheese frosting. The showstopper is the hidden heart in the middle of the cupcakes. The simple red sponge is also used to decorate the cupcakes. They are simple yet effective, take less than 20 minutes to bake and are simple to decorate. You’re going to absolutely love them and love making them!
Looking for more Valentines recipes, check out my Vegan Valentines Rocky Road, Vegan Nutella Linzer Cookies, Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes and Vegan Single Serve Brownie. More of the BEST vegan Valentines recipes linked here.
Why you NEED to make hidden heart cupcakes
I mean, you only have to look at these vegan hidden heart cupcakes to be impressed, but in order for you to make them, I have to tell you on the ‘whys’, so here you go:
- Fully vegan – This recipe doesn’t contain any animal derived ingredients.
- Simple yet effective design – Simply whip up a batch of vanilla cupcake batter, place a red heart in the middle and bake.
- Perfect for Valentines Day, Mothers / Father’s day for any special occasion.
- Fun for kids to make and decorate.
- They topped with a swirl of whipped, light and creamy cream cheese frosting.
- Cake batter is simple to whip up, and bakes to perfection.
- The cupcakes are fluffy and bake with a flat top.
- Hidden heart is so cute, and looks amazing!
How to make hidden heart cupcakes
What I love most about these cupcakes is how easy they are to make. The full written recipe and method are in the recipe card at the bottom of the page. Here is a quick overview of the steps.
- Red cake
Mix up the red cake batter until smooth, pour into a 9×9 square baking tin and bake. Use a small heart cookie cutter to chomp out hearts from the sponge and set aside. Cut out more hearts for the decoration and crumble some for sprinkling over the frosting.
- Vanilla cake
Mix up the vanilla cupcake batter, line 2 cupcake tins with cupcake cases / liners. Add a tablespoon of vanilla cupcake batter into the case, place in a red heart then cover with more vanilla cake batter. Fill the cases 3/4 full. Bake.
Whip up the frosting in a bowl, transfer into a piping bag and pipe a swirl on top of each cupcake.
Sprinkle red cake crumbs over the cupcakes and place on a red heart.
Serve and enjoy!!
How to decorate these cupcakes:
I wanted the decoration of these valentines cupcakes to be simple yet elegant, so I decided to use a Wilton 1M nozzle. You can do this by starting in the centre of the cupcake and piping in a circle motion lifting as you swirl higher. As you reach the top, simple release your grip and you’ll be left with a gorgeous swirl. To give them a ‘red velvet’ effect, crumble up some of the left over red sponge and sprinkle on to the frosting. You want to add this to the freshly piped frosting so it has a chance to stick.
You can also go as crazy as you like with the decorations. Decorate these cupcakes however you like with freeze dried berries, sprinkles, fondant shapes or a drizzle of chocolate.
Tips for making hidden heart cupcakes from scratch
Making cupcakes from scratch is super easy, especially when you have some tips and tricks to help you along the way. Homemade is always 100x more delicious than a boxed cake mix as the flavour, texture and overall baking experience is always so much better! Saying that, I’ve rounded up all the tips to make homemade hidden heart cupcakes making go as smoothly as possible before you get started:
- Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature. This is SO IMPORTANT. This will help everything come together smoothly and allow you to beat the air into the batter to get those fluffy cupcakes you’re after.
- Don’t over mix your batter! Obviously you don’t want huge clumps of flour in your batter, but as soon as everything is smooth, resist the temptation to keep mixing, and trust that you’ve gotten enough air in it during the early stages.
- Bake the cupcakes the day before. My top tip for making cakes and cupcakes is to make the sponge the day before frosting. Store in an air tight container at room temperature. This will add so much moisture and soften the sponge.
What red colour to use?
- Use high pigmented red food gel! Food gel doesn’t effect the texture of the bake unlike liquid food colouring, but will add a bright red to the sponge! My go-to is Rainbow Dust Pro Gel. This range is also vegan friendly! You only need a small drop for a vibrant colour which will make the hidden heart ‘pop’ against the vanilla sponge! It’s always better to add small drops of food colour and build it up. You can always add more but you can’t take it away!
- Use high quality vanilla. The main flavour in these cupcakes is Vanilla, so it’s worth using a high quality vanilla. My favourite is Neilsen-Massey. You could also use vanilla seeds from a vanilla pod, this will also give the cake and frosting a speckled effect.
- You can utilise the left over red cake: Once you have cut out the heart shapes from the red sheet cake, you will have some offcuts. These obviously make a great snack to share, but you can also use them to decorate the cupcakes too. Simply crumble some of the cake into a bowl and sprinkle the crumbs over the frosting. You can also cut more hearts and place on top of the frosting to showcase what is hidden inside! They look super cute!
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