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

Like our conversation heart cupcakes recipe? Try these fun ideas:

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:

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes are not only a little better for you, but kind of fun to make. They are incredibly easy to customize them for your Valentine and so tasty that your eyes literally roll back into your head when they cross your lips.

homemade hostess cupcakes article cover image of finished cupcakes

The subtle hint of coffee balances wonderfully with the buttermilk and makes for a truly decadent and rich texture to treat yourself.

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

You will need:

  • 2 C sugar
  • 1 ¾ C flour
  • ¾ C cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 C buttermilk
  • 1 C fresh brewed coffee
  • ½ C canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • cupcake linkers
  • Muffin tin


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Using a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Beat in buttermilk, coffee, oil, eggs, and vanilla until combined – but don’t over beat. You will incorporate too much air into them and have hollow tunnels in your final baked product. Scoop batter into cupcake liners and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Allow the homemade hostess cupcakes to cool completely. Then cut a little cone out of the center of each chocoalte cupcake.

For the Whipped cream filling you will need:


  • 2 TBSP cold water
  • 1 ¼ tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 1 ½ C chilled heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ C powdered sugar
  • 2 disposable piping bags, one fitted with a number 2 tip


Using a small bowl, add the cold water. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water and allow to set for 10 minutes.

Using a small pot, add about ½ C water and place over medium to high heat. Place the gelatin bowl over the pot. Once stir until the gelatin is melted.

Using a standing mixer, beat the heavy whipping cream and powdered
sugar until soft peaks form. Beat in the gelatin mixture until stiff peaks have formed. Scoop some of the whipped cream batter into the piping bags. Poke into and pipe cream into the centers of the cupcakes.

For the Chocolate Ganache You Will Need:

  • 1 C semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ C heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Disposable piping bag


Using a small pot, heat up the heavy whipping cream over medium to high heat until slightly simmering. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl. Allow to sit for 1 minute before whisking until smooth.

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes Decorating

Dip the cupcakes into the chocolate ganache. Allow to harden for a few minutes

Using the filling with the tip, pipe out the words “Love” in cursive
onto the top of the cupcakes as well as the traditional squiggle.

homemade Hostesss cupcakes for valentine's day

Other copycat type recipes we love:

Adorable Valentine’s Day Bear Cupcakes

Looking to make this Valentine’s day special? Learn a fun and easy way to bake Valentine’s day bear cupcakes.

The cupcake is making a huge surprising come back this holiday season. Who doesn’t like to have cupcakes, they are always great as there is no particular season for them. These adorable cupcakes have the ability to transform any the celebrations of a holiday or any gathering. Most of us wait for valentine’s day to expressing our feelings for others. Valentine’s day has a tradition of spreading love since centuries. You can encourage your kids to get excited about the Valentine’s. You can gift them to a loved one or even a special friend. You can easily grab the taste buds and the attention of your loved ones through these bear cupcakes.

These adorable Bear Cupcakes  can be made with a boxed cake mix instead of the recipe below for making them from scratch. I am just practically so used to making cupcakes from scratch that I don’t even have to look up the recipe any more. Simply add a few pieces of candy and you have a treat sure to make your Valentine say “Awww…”

Valentine's Day Bear Cupakes from

Since valentine’s day is a memorable day for all of us so you should make it even more special by bringing a batch of cupcakes at your school, office, or home. Have you ever thought why these cakes are extremely popular. Cupcakes are the perfect sweet for Valentine’s day as anyone can eat a small size, decorated and nicely frosted cupcake without too much guilt.

These adorable bear cupcakes extremely simple and easy to create. I highly recommend that this winter holiday you should give a try to this sweet treat combo.

These bear cupcakes will make everyone in love with your baking skills and ideas. I wish all of you a very heart-warming and wonderful Valentine’s day.

Whether or not you have someone to be called as your own valentine on this special day you can still treat yourself with these amazing cupcake recipes for this special occasion. Just make sure to make this sweet treat to be a part of your Valentine’s day plans to satisfy all your cravings.

Adorable Valentine’s Day Bear Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcake Ingredients:
2 C sugar
1 3/4 C flour
3/4 C cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 eggs, room temp
1 C whole milk, room temp
1/2 C canola
2 tsp vanilla
1 C boiling water

Chocolate Frosting Ingredients:
1 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
3 C + 1/2 C powder sugar
1/2 C cocoa
2 tsp vanilla
3-5 TBSP heavy whipping cream.

Chocolate Cupcake Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line cupcake tins with paper liners.
Whisk the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl.
Combine the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla in a bowl.
Add this to the dry ingredients beating on medium until the batter is smooth.
Gradually add the boiling water, milk and oil and blend together until the batter is smooth.
Using a medium scoop fill the paper lined cupcake tins with the prepared batter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to slightly cool before transferring to wire racks.

Chocolate Frosting Directions
Beat powder sugar, butter and cocoa powder in a bowl.
Incorporate the vanilla and chocolate until well blended.
Add in the heavy whipping cream, and continue to mix until stiff peaks form
Scoop the frosting into a pastry bag with a large tip.
Twist the open end of the pastry bag to push the frosting to the tip.

Reese bear

  • 6 reese peanut butter cups, regular size, wrapper peeled away
  • a box of whoppers
  • peanut butter flavored candy melts, used for the ears and mouth
  • 1/2 bag of white candy melts, melted
  • 1/2 bag of chocolate candy melts, melted
  • 2 bags of disposable piping bags
  • a container of candy hearts


Melt the candy melts according to the packages, pour each candy melt into a disposable bag. Ttake some peanut butter candy melts, 2 for each cupcake, cut in half. Take the chocolate in the piping bag, cut the tip, and pipe on some chocolate onto the ear, place the wax onto the edge of the reese cup and hold it until it dries. Repeat with the other ear. Place a dollop of the chocolate candy onto the back of the peanut butter candy melt and the place in the middle of the bear. Take the white candy melt and add two white dots for eyes, add a small chocolate dot as the pupil using the chocolate and place onto the top of the cupcake. Add two whoppers to act as the arms and place the heart in the center of the whopper candy.


Decadent Chocolate Pecan Turtle Cupcake Recipe

Chocolate Pecan TUrtle Cupcake Recipe from Operation $40K

Decadent. Sweet. Chocolaty. All of that is in this incredible Chocolate Pecan Turtle Cupcake Recipe that will have you slated to bring this to EVERY friendly get together that you are ever invited to in the future. It also helps with portion control as one is perfect, if with a tall glass of milk or complimenting a cup of coffee.

Cupcake Ingredients:

2 C flour
1 ½ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp salt
1 ½ stick unsalted butter, room temp
2 C sugar
¾ C Ghirardelli cocoa powder
2 tsp vanillaChocolate Pecan Turtle 4
1 C Salted Caramel Mocha Creamer
½ C oil
4 eggs, room temp

Frosting Ingredients:

1 C soft unsalted butter
3 + C powder sugar
1 cup of cocoa
4 TBSP heavy whipping cream
Caramel topping
Hot Fudge topping
Chocolate Pecan turtle candy

Cupcake Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tins with paper liners. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt stirring together. Set aside.
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy in a large bowl. Mix in the oil. Stir to blend in. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition, then add in the vanilla. Alternating add the flour mixture with the creamer; beating well.
Fill the lined cupcake tins 3/4 full and then bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool in cupcake tin for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to cool completely.

Frosting Directions:

Cream the butter, cocoa and powder sugar until it looks light and creamy.
Add more powder sugar if the frosting is not thick: add 1/4 cup at a time

Once frosting is made then to decorate you need to scoop the frosting into a pastry bag with a large tip.
Twist the open end of the pastry bag to push the frosting to the tip.
Start by frosting on the outside edge of the cupcake working to the center of the cupcake.
Drizzle the chocolate and caramel sauce on the cupcake
Garnish with 1/2 of a Chocolate pecan turtle candy and then rip into it like a monkey on a cupcake!

Chocolate Pecan Turtle 6

Sinful Maple Bacon Cupcakes

Let’s face it: bacon is the candy of meats. Add the sweet drizzle of rich maple syrup and you have a winning combination that is sure to treat anyone who tastes it! That was the inspiration behind our Maple and Bacon cupcakes –  we hope you like them as much as we did!

Maple Bacon Cupcakes

What do you do when you take a quick inventory of your baking supplies and realize that you have a bajillion cupcake liners?


These cupcakes put together two of my family’s favorite things: maple and bacon, to make a sweet, yet savory treat!

It’s simple to make and oooohhhh so yummy to eat!

Maple Bacon Cupcakes Recipe


Batter Ingredients:
12 tablespoons butter at room temperature
 12 tablespoon bacon drippings (solid)
1 egg
5 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons maple syrup
14 cups self rising flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
12 teaspoon baking powder
tiny pinch salt
14 cup milk
14 cup of cooked minced bacon

Directions for Batter:
– Cook  bacon in a fry pan (I used one pound).

– Reserve the drippings and place in the fridge to solidify.
– Mince 1/4 a cup of the bacon.
– Beat the butter and solidified bacon fat until light and creamy.
– Add the brown sugar and maple syrup and beat well until combined.
– Add the egg and beat until incorporated.
– Sift the flour, salt, baking soda and powder together.

– Add some of the flour and mix, then some of the milk.
– Continue to alternate the dry and wet ingredients, ending with the dry.

– Mix until just combined.
-Fold in the bacon.
-Taste and add more maple syrup, flour, or milk if needed for desired taste.
– Scoop into cupcake papers.
– Bake at 350 F for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

– Rotate the pan after the first 15 minutes for even baking.

Maple Syrup frosting:

4 tablespoons of butter

2 tablespoons of maple syrup
1 cup of powdered sugar.

Directions for Frosting:
-Beat the syrup and butter until combined.
-Add the sugar, a bit at a time.
-Whip at high speeds until combined.
-Pipe or spread onto cupcakes.

Now, rip into them like a monkey on a cupcake – ha!


Print off our Sinful Maple Bacon Cupcakes here:

Sinful Maple Bacon Cupcakes
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Dannelle
  • 4 1⁄2 tablespoons butter at room temperature
  • 1⁄2 tablespoon bacon drippings (solid)
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 1⁄4 cups self rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
  • tiny pinch salt
  • 1⁄4 cup milk
  • 1⁄4 cup of cooked minced bacon
  1. Cook bacon in a fry pan (I used one pound).
  2. Reserve the drippings and place in the fridge to solidify.
  3. Mince 1/4 a cup of the bacon.
  4. Beat the butter and solidified bacon fat until light and creamy.
  5. Add the brown sugar and maple syrup and beat well until combined.
  6. Add the egg and beat until incorporated.
  7. Sift the flour, salt, baking soda and powder together.
  8. Add some of the flour and mix, then some of the milk.
  9. Continue to alternate the dry and wet ingredients, ending with the dry.
  10. Mix until just combined.
  11. Fold in the bacon.
  12. Taste and add more maple syrup, flour, or milk if needed for desired taste.
  13. Scoop into cupcake papers.
  14. Bake at 350 F for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.