Quick Valentine’s Day Idea – DIY Chocolate Cupcake Toppers!

I love Valentine’s Day! But each year it seems I find myself in a last minute hustle to come up with a cute treat for my kids classroom party or a little something special for a friend. That means I need a treat that I can put together quick and will still look like I spent a lot of time on it. Thank heavens I found this pin   from Linda at Little Family Fun which gave me the perfect solution – DIY Chocolate Cupcake Toppers!

Ok I have to come clean and admit that I bought these cupcakes at the bakery department in Safeway store instead of making them myself. Sometimes you just have to cheat! Safeway was  kind enough to refrost these cupcakes with white icing  just the way I wanted. I came home and printed out some scroll hearts, cupid’s arrows, the words “Kiss”, “Love” and “Be Mine”.

Supplies Needed:

  • Cupcakes
  • Melting chocolate in your desired color.   I chose pink.
  • Parchment paper
  • Freezer Ziploc Bags
  • Printout for tracing
  • Wilton Colored Sugar Pearls

I taped my print outs down on my kitchen counter and then covered each one with a sheet of parchment paper.

Next I melted my pink candy melts and put it in a freezer Ziploc bag. Then I cut off a small piece off the tip of the bag. I used a regular sandwich bag first but I didn’t like how the chocolate was coming of the tip. The thickness of the freezer bag gave me more control when tracing with the melted chocolate.

When I started tracing the hearts and words on the parchment paper, I quickly found out that my hands are somewhat shaky!  With a little practice I was able to get some consistent results. If the chocolate was too hot it came out of the bag too fast and made a mess.

If I waited too long it hardened and wouldn’t work. Once my chocolate was melted I put it in my bag and waited 2 to 3 minutes before I began my tracing.

Sometimes just the chocolate in the tip would harden, I  pinched out the hardened chocolate with my fingertips and then kept on tracing.

If the whole bag of chocolate hardened I warmed it up in the microwave, waited 2 to 3 minutes to let it cool a bit and started tracing again.


The traced chocolate hardened within 5-10 minutes, without refrigeration. These toppers are easy to make but very fragile! I made my first set of hearts with a very thin line of chocolate then most of them broke when I tried to push them into the icing on top of my cupcakes. I used a thicker line of chocolate on the second batch and that worked much better! Keep in mind that these are very fragile when choosing your design. The thicker lines hold up much better.

For the final touch I added some soft pink Sugar Pearls from Wilton.

My store bought cupcakes are now a beautiful treat! The best part is I didn’t spend hours making them giving, me more time to enjoy Valentine’s Day. Oh yeah that means……

This Pin Totally Rocks!

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  1. Would you be willing to make your word sheet available to us please?

    • Jenni,

      YES! Give me until the end of the day, our hosting company changed the way I need to upload our printables, they are going to walk me through the new process this afternoon. I should have it available by 5pmPST. These are so much fun to make! Thanks for stopping by, Tracy – (the middle sister)

  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. I so want to learn how to make this cuties!… I’m enetring in this cupcake world and I want to learn everything!!! Thanks for sharing this great tutorial!!!

    Cami @ TitiCrafty

    • Good luck in the cupcake world, Camilla! We are so glad this tutorial has inspired you. We love girly, sparkly things!

  3. Very cute!!Thank You~

  4. I love the creativity your brought to this project!!

  5. Whenever I tried this, the toppers would never harden – If I put them in the freezer, they would harden but immediately melt in a few min once I took them out. Any suggestions? Maybe because it wasn’t candy metls? Or the lines weren’t thick enough?

    • Aarthi,

      You will get the best results by using the candy melts. If you do not have access to candy melts you could add a 1/8 cup paraffin wax to 1 cup melted chocolate and that should help.

      Best of Luck! Tracy (the middle sister)


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