How to Make Conversation Heart Cupcakes

If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day dessert ideas, these conversation heart cupcakes are the perfect treat. They come with a recipe and instructions to make them at home!

How to Make Conversation Heart Cupcakes

I am so excited to share today’s recipe with you! These conversation heart cupcakes are super easy to make and they look absolutely adorable. I love the idea of baking these, giving them away as a gift, or having some for myself too!

There is something about baked goods that just makes me feel warm inside. I hope you enjoy this recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below.

Conversation Heart Candy History

The history of conversation heart candy is fascinating. It was created in 1848 by a candy maker named Oliver R. Chase and it is still made the same way today with natural ingredients like sugar, corn syrup, food coloring; citric acid (to make them sour), and ammonium chloride which gives them their shape through a process called conching where they are mixed for hours at high temperature to break down the molecules of cocoa butter into smaller pieces so that they melt more easily on your tongue.

A lot of words to explain that he basically created the first machine to whip these candy lozenges out faster and in a fun shape.

Yup – they were originally sore throat lozenges – that were designed to help ailing patients. That candy maker was originally a pharmacist!

Food historians say that the conversation heart shape was chosen because it resembles a human mouth with teeth. They are also said to represent kisses and were first called “sweethearts.”

The German word for these candies is Herzensbonbons, which translates as “Heart’s Delight” or “Sugar of my Heart,” and they have been known in Japan since 1907 as Kokin-no-tama or Sweetheart Ball.

In 1912, President Taft became the first American president to receive this type of candy when he received them from his wife who had traveled abroad. The popularity spread quickly around America until World War II where sugar shortages made their production difficult, but after WWII they never stopped being made.

They used to be larger and had longer sayings on them. As with all things over time, the price goes up and the size goes down. The latest development? The candy endearments now speak with common text phrases.

Conversation Heart Shortage

In 2018 Necco declared bankruptcy. The original plant closed and their candy brands were sold off. The rights to Sweethearts were acquired by the Spangler Candy Company. With the purchase of the brand by Spangler, Sweethearts were unavailable for Valentine’s Day 2019 as Spangler set up production of the confections in a new plant.

Sweethearts returned in 2020 with the original flavors from before Necco’s 2010 change to more vivid colors and sour flavors, but due to equipment problems, the familiar sayings were largely either incomplete or missing entirely.

They seem to have all the bugs worked out though and are headed in the correct direction.


Other Valentine’s Day inspired cupcakes

I have used the trendy treats of the season before to inspire things like our Homemade Hostess Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day and even my Amazing Chocolate Peanut Butter Heart Cupcakes. A little more whimsical? Adorable Valentine’s Day Bear Cupcakes might be just the ticket if your Valentine is pint-sized.

Now, I can add these Conversation Heart Cupcakes to the list!

Heart Shaped Cupcakes Are a Lie!

Yes – I have heard of the old trick about placing a marble or small ball of tinfoil between the cupcake liner and the muffin tin wall before adding batter and then baking them.

Contrary to the often shared knowledge – you do NOT get a heart shaped cupcake from this. You get a cupcake that looks like it is a scratch-n-dent special.

I blame Tupperware ladies for this rumor – they shared the tip at parties for 30 years.

How do you store Conversation Heart Cupcake?

Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.

Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using canned frosting instead of buttercream frosting or fondant, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.

Our awesome Conversation Heart Cupcakes

You can make your cupcake bases as you see fit. I love to use my Best Yellow Cupcake Recipe from Scratch recipe but you could use a boxed cake mix too. They are on sale all the time, always just a buck at your local Dollar Tree store, and super easy to dress up so no one knows you used a boxed mix.

I often keep cupcake bases in my freezer for those times I want to whip up something fun and whimsical – like these Conversation Heart cupcakes or even my Oreo cupcakes.

I must admit – I am not in love with these and will probably try to improve on them later. The red gel icing needs to go and white lettering to replace it.

The conversation heart candy – just. nope.

But – these are a fun thing to let the kids decorate – and easily doable.

Conversation Heart Cupcakes Ingredients

Conversation Heart Cupcakes Ingredients
  • Yellow cupcakes – cooled and at room temperature
  • White frosting – either canned or homemade
  • Blue, green, pink, and yellow food coloring 
  • Red gel icing, for writing

How to make Conversation Heart Cupcakes

Divide your white frosting into 4 separate bowls.

How to make Conversation Heart Cupcakes

In each bowl, add just a drop or two of food coloring to create 4 different pastel tones.

How to make Conversation Heart Cupcakes

Place 3 dollops of frosting on each cupcake in the desired color, 2 at top and 1 in the middle, and smooth and shape into a heart or pipe the frosting on in a heart shape.

How to make Conversation Heart Cupcakes

Use red gel icing to write words or symbols

How to make Conversation Heart Cupcakes

See – this is what didn’t seem to really work for me. White – that is what is needed, even if the message won’t show up as well. And the candy was overkill –

What do you think?

How to make Conversation Heart Cupcakes

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Amazing Chocolate Peanut Butter Heart Cupcakes

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we are always looking for a fun and frugal way to celebrate. Covid really helps us with that as we have very limited places to go. Our annual fun dinner at the local Japanese Hibachi restaurant is off the table and so is our church function. These Chocolate Peanut Butter Heart Cupcakes cupcakes are a subtle way for us to still celebrate this year – with our own stir fry dinner.

This recipe is made from scratch and should net you 22 cupcakes. You can skip to the part of frosting and decorating if you wish to start with a boxed cake mix. Our post on How to Make Killer Cupcakes should help you make them seem just like the best homemade cupcakes you have tasted.

We use peanut butter filled chocolate Reese’s hearts to top theses beauties, but if peanut butter is an issue for you and your family, try the cute hearts that are puffed riced filled instead. You can get a bag of those krispie hearts at the local dollar store for just a buck!

Chocolate Reese Peanut Butter Heart Cupcakes

You will need:

For the chocolate cupcakes:

  • 1 C flour
  • 1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 Light brown sugar
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/3 C canola oil
  • 1/2 C buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Amazing Chocolate Peanut Butter Heart Cupcakes

For the Chocolate frosting:

  • 1 C unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 C cocoa powder
  • 3 C powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 piping bag fitted with a medium star tip
  • Valentine’s Day Sprinkles
  • 1 bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Hearts


To make the chocolate cupcakes start by preheating the oven to 350°F. Line your cupcake pans with cupcake liners and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking
powder, baking soda, and salt. Use a wire whisk to combine all ingredients. Add in the sugar and brown sugar stir until combined. Add the oil, buttermilk, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir until all is combined.

Pour the batter in the cupcake liners, filling each one 3/4 of the way full. Bake at 350°F for 22 minutes.

Remove the cupcakes from the oven and transfer them to a wire rack to cool while you make the chocolate frosting.

I Love this video from Wilton on how to use a decorator bag!

To make chocolate frosting:

In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together the butter, cocoa
powder, powdered sugar, vanilla, and heavy whipping cream until
smoothly combined and stiff peaks form. Scoop frosting into a piping bag.

Amazing Chocolate Peanut Butter Heart Cupcakes unfrosted

Frost cooled cupcakes.

Place an unwrapped Reese’s Peanut Butter Heart in the center.

Sprinkle Valentine’s Day sprinkles on top to finish it off.

Amazing Chocolate Peanut Butter Heart Cupcakes horizontal shot

Other Cupcakes you may like for Valentine’s Day:

Resurrection Cupcakes are Easy Easter Cupcakes

Whether you call these Empty Tomb Cupcakes, or Resurrection Cupcakes, these easy Easter Cupcakes are bound to impress your family and friends. This can be a nice variation on the traditional Easter Bunny Cupcakes as you can tie in a little religious lesson at the same time.

Resurrection Cupcakes are Easy Easter Cupcakes

Just look at those cupcakes! They really aren’t that hard to make and are a great visual of the Empty Easter Tomb that was found just a few days after Jesus died.

Cute and Easy Easter Cupcakes

I know we have had fun Bunny Bum Cupcakes, Carrot Patch Cupcakes, and even Coconut Chick Cupcakes before, but these Easy Easter Cupcakes are more religious than the normal whimsical fun for the kids. You can see that these are just one of the easy Easter cupcakes ideas we have!

Are these quick and easy Easter cupcakes?

It depends on if you use our recipe from scratch or choose to stat with a boxed cake mix instead. Obviously, the boxed cake mix will shed a little time off your production.

A faster way to speed things up? Be like me and have a few plain cupcakes in your freezer at all times: both chocolate and yellow flavors.

Easy Easter Bunny Cupcakes

If you are after something a little less religious? We have you covered here too – our Adorable Bunny Bum Cupcakes are always a hit!

What is the story of the resurrection?

The resurrection of Jesus, or anastasis is the Christian belief that God raised Jesus after his crucifixion as first of the dead, starting his exalted life as Christ and Lord. His resurrection is seen as the guarantee that all the Christian dead will be resurrected at Christ’s second coming.

How do you explain the Easter story to a child?

If you’re wondering how to explain this theological conundrum to your children, whatever their age, here is a to help you through: Focus on the resurrection, and whaat it gives us all for the future.

What does the resurrection tell us about Jesus?

His resurrection is the guarantee that all the Christian dead will be resurrected at Christ’s second coming. For the Christian tradition, the bodily resurrection was the restoration to life of a transformed body powered by spirit, as described by Paul and the Gospels, that led to the establishment of Christianity.

This recipe is for decorating the easy Easter Cupcakes, not baking them. You can start with that step by grabbing any of our easy basic recipes! It uses some premade things that most people are familiar with like Oreos and mini chocolate donuts so it’s a great hands-on activity to do with kids.

How to Make Easy Easter Cupcakes

You will need:

  • 12 cupcakes, your favorite
  • 1 cup green frosting, your favorite
  • ¼ cup chocolate frosting, your favorite
  • 1 tablespoon flower sprinkles
  • 12 mini chocolate doughnuts
  • 6 mini fudge-covered Oreos

If you are looking for an easy Easter cupcakes recipe and don’t want to do a boxed mix? Try our Yellow Cupcake recipe or even Chocolate Cupcake recipe to make them from scratch. Otherwise, that boxed mix works just fine.

easy ways to decorate easter cupcakes:

This is a simple smear of frosting, a little piping of more frosting, and then adding toppings like the cookies and sprinkles. It can’t get much easier than that!

1. Gently cut ⅓ off each doughnut to create a flat surface where the “tomb” can rest against the icing when the cupcake is assembled.

How to Make Easy Easter Cupcakes

2. On cupcakes, spread a line of chocolate frosting to represent the garden path.

Cute and Easy Easter Cupcakes

3. Pipe green frosting on each cupcake to resemble grass. 

quick and easy Easter cupcakes?

4. Press a doughnut “tomb” against the icing where the path meets the grass. Then, press a fudge-covered Oreo to the side of the doughnut to represent the stone that was rolled away.

5. Sprinkle flower sprinkles over the green icing and press lightly to attached.

Resurrection Cupcakes
Other fun Easter ideas to try:

Check out a few of our other cupcake ideas:

Easter Bunny’s Carrot Cupcakes

I think about how we often put out cookies at Christmas for Santa, along with a few carrots for his reindeer and wonder why we didn’t have Miss Sarah put out treats for the Easter Bunny! These Easter Bunny’s Carrot Cupcakes are just the thing to leave out for that bunny — and let you create memories with that special little person in your life.
Easter Bunny's Carrot Cupcakes
Even the Easter Bunny is excited for spring to come — let’s face it, this is the LOOOOOOONG winter!  These super cute cupcakes will tickle any little bunny in your family — and are super easy to make. Let your little people help you make them and leave as a treat for your visiting bunny or even make them for your favorite gardener.
Easter Bunny’s Carrot Cupcakes
You will need:
  • 24 cupcakes (I just used the box mix)
  • White frosting
  • 12 Oreo cookies crushed
  • 36 orange Starburst
  • Bag of Rips candy (green for the carrot top)
Put Oreo cookies into a ziploc bag, crush them with a rolling pin. Pour the cookie crumbs out onto a plate.  Next frost your cupcakes, roll the freshly frosted cupcakes in the cookie crumbs. Repeat until all 24 cupcakes are frosted and have cookie crumbs on top.
Next step is to make the candy carrots. Cut your Starburst in half. Flatten the top of one end and make the other end pointed. On the flattened end add some green Rips, wrap the flattened end around the Rips and then roll the whole thing to form a carrot shape.  Place carrots on top of cupcake.
***You could make these full size and not cut the Starburst in half… but then you would need 75 Starbursts and you would have to by 3-4 bags to get that many. (You know I am too frugal for that, LOL)
Easter Bunny’s Carrot Cupcakes
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Dannelle Gay
  • 24 cupcakes (I just used the box mix)
  • White frosting
  • 12 Oreo cookies crushed
  • 36 orange Starburst
  • Bag of Rips candy (green for the carrot top)
  1. Put Oreo cookies into a ziploc bag, crush them with a rolling pin. Pour the cookie crumbs out onto a plate. Next frost your cupcakes, roll the freshly frosted cupcakes in the cookie crumbs. Repeat until all 24 cupcakes are frosted and have cookie crumbs on top.
  2. Next step is to make the candy carrots. Cut your Starburst in half. Flatten the top of one end and make the other end pointed. On the flattened end add some green Rips, wrap the flattened end around the Rips and then roll the whole thing to form a carrot shape. Place carrots on top of cupcake.
  3. ***You could make these full size and not cut the Starburst in half… but then you would need 75 Starbursts and you would have to by 3-4 bags to get that many.

Easter Chick Cupcakes!


OK…. we like to play around here. Today, we have a different kind of Easter Chick Cupcake than we shared last week… it’s SUPER easy for the littles to help you make and pretty stinkin’ cute!

Easter Chick Cupcakes


  • 24 large lemon heads ( or yellow gumball)
  • 1 Tablespoon mini chocolate chips melted (toothpick to apply)
  • 6 orange Starburst
  • 24 frosted  cupcakes


To create these cute little Easter Chicks you will need to first make the chicks. Unwrap your lemon heads, they are NOT perfectly round. They have one side that is more flat, that is where you want them to set so you can work on them and not have them roll all over the table.

Unwrap the starburst, use a sharp knife to cut the four corners off, each one of these corners will now become the “beak” of your chick.  Take your thumb and your pointer finger and press the triangle shaped piece of starburst onto the lemon head. You can then take the knife and cut the beak horizontal to make it look like it is open.

To make the eyes, melt chocolate chips use a toothpick to dab melted chocolate above the beak to create eyes. Allow them to dry before you add them to the cupcake (only takes a minute or two).  Frost your cupcakes, put your chicks on top and you have an adorable Easter Chick Cupcake.

Tip: if you can not find large lemon heads you can use large yellow gumballs instead.

Coconut Chick Cupcakes


Here is a fun one, easy for the little kids to do and stinkin’ cute too!  It’s these fun, hands-on, activities that create memories for them to look back on — and you too!

Coconut Chick Cupcakes for Easter



  • 2 cups yellow coconut
  • 48 brown M&M’s
  • 1 bag of Starburst Minis
  • 24 frosted cupcakes

To dye the coconut yellow put 2 cups flake coconut into a ziploc bag. 

Use yellow food coloring or Wilton Icing Color Gel , drop a few drops into the bag.  Shake the color with the coconut, add more color till desired color is achieved.  Place the color coconut on top of freshly frosted cupcakes.  Shake of any excess coconut. {It sticks best if you add it RIGHT after you frost the cupcakes} Add two brown M&M’s on top for the eyes and use a mini starburst for the beak.

I told you it was E-A-S-Y!

The kids LOVE shaking the coconut bag and watching the magic happen!

Happy Memory Making!

Amish Friendship Bread: Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

If you have been playing with us – today is day #10!
If you haven’t, you can see the starter HERE

Today, we are making Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes!

1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1 small box sugar-free strawberry Jell-O gelatin
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350° F (177° C).
In a large mixing bowl, add ingredients as listed, mixing well. Line muffin tins with cupcake wrappers (YES, I know mine are Christmassy — I bought them on holiday clearance, LOL) and fill muffin cups halfway. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool and then frost. It made 23 for us.

2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp lemon extract
2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup butter or shortening.
Just let them all rip together in the mixer until nice and fluffy – then frost you cupcakes. I also let Miss Sarah put a little pink sprinkles and yellow sprinkles on them so they were “pretty”