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I‘m trying really hard to get Archie interested in different activities so decided it was time to introduce him to some baking seeing as he likes eating cake so much. It’s a good job we were only making them for Daddy and his big brother seeing as he decided to munch away on the pink cake mix, he hasn’t quite grasped that you lick the spoon once you’ve finished.


These cute little secret hearts valentine cupcakes are so easy to make so are perfect for baking with the kiddies for Valentines plus it’s a lovely little surprise for them once they’ve been cut in half.

Secret Hearts Valentine Cupcakes
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You need to use this recipe twice but make & bake the pink part first and once cooled start the second otherwise your cupcakes won't be fluffy & light
Serves: 30
  • 115g butter or marg
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 115g flour
  • a splash of milk
  • pink or red food colouring for the first part
  1. cream together the butter & sugar, I use my mixer as it's much easier than doing it by hand
  2. mix in the eggs one at a time
  3. gradually add the flour
  4. add a splash of milk at the end and mix just to loosen the mixture a little, if you are using liquid rather than gel colouring then leave out the milk
Follow the recipe above adding your choice of food colouring then pour into a 6 inch lined cake tin and bake for around 20mins. To check if it’s ready insert a knife or cocktail stick, if it comes out clean set aside to cool then begin making another batch of the above recipe this time without the food colouring.

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Once the pink cake is cool, remove from the tin and slice to top off the cake to level it out and cut out 12 hearts with your heart cutter. Fill each bun case to around 3/4 full with the cake mix you’ve just prepared then insert a heart into each one, pushing it down into the mix.

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Once cooled decorate any way you fancy, we went for just a little bit of icing as I knew Archie would be demolishing them so didn’t want to overload him on sugar. Enjoy!



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  1. February 8, 2015 / 2:10 pm

    Oh these are adorable!

    • gymbunnymum
      February 8, 2015 / 2:46 pm

      sooo cute, the kids love them x

  2. February 8, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    Oh my goodness you are so clever! These look fab x

    • gymbunnymum
      February 8, 2015 / 2:46 pm

      Thanks, and they are soo easy too x

  3. myrecipebookuk
    February 8, 2015 / 10:54 pm

    I love these, although knowing me I’d end up biting into it the wrong way round and getting a rectangle!!

    I’ve been thinking of trying a hidden image cake for ages but not plucked up the courage. Your instructions make it sound like something I can do so it’s definitely going into my list of things to try.

  4. February 10, 2015 / 9:15 am

    Ahhh I was wondering how you made these when I saw your IG photo! I thought it must be some special mold! How clever!! Oooh you could make all sorts of shapes inside cupcakes. I love that Archie licked the spoon! Thanks for linking up to #playathometuesdays x

  5. February 10, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    Yum, this looks great and very timely 🙂 Archie is so cute and he’s definitely right on when to lick the spoon – all the way through baking! #tastytuesdays

  6. February 10, 2015 / 9:54 pm

    These look and sound amazing! I thought they would be mega complicated (they really do look fab!) and whilst I may probably still mess them up, I think I could give it a go. Saving this post – thanks!

  7. February 12, 2015 / 8:49 pm

    That is such a clever idea. Must give it a try #TastyTuesdays

  8. February 14, 2015 / 3:22 pm

    Really cute idea! Love this post! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

  9. February 15, 2015 / 11:07 am

    Such a great idea;I’ve seen this with lots of things but love the hidden hearts and its so simple!! #playathometuesdays x

  10. May 24, 2015 / 2:47 pm

    These are gorgeous! I know what I’ll be making for Valentines next year – although these would be super any time of the year! #SundaySweets
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  11. May 24, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    I made these for orders for Valentine’s Day. I was worried the heart shaped cake inside would be a little dry because it was being baked twice but I was very pleased that the cakes were lovely and moist. They’re really great as people don’t expect the heart inside!
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  12. May 25, 2015 / 6:57 pm

    These look so great. Can’t wait to try them out next valentine’s day or maybe for our anniverary.

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