Fun XO Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day

These fun XO cupcakes for Valentine’s Day are sure to bring a smile. They are easy and done quickly, so they’re perfect for class parties!

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XO Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love a good party. But friends, I don’t love stressing about a good party which is why I like easy recipes and easy decorating ideas.

These XO cupcakes for Valentine’s Day are a perfect treat to make for a classroom party, a neighborhood get-together, or just as a fun way to get the kids in the kitchen with you. This is one of the easiest of our Valentine’s Day cupcake recipes.

Let’s get started, but first I want to share a couple of tips.

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Tips for XO Cupcakes

These XO cupcakes for Valentine’s Day are a perfect class party treat. They’re so easy to make and decorate, the kids can help. Here are a few tips for making these fondant decorated cupcakes.

how to make easy Valentine's Day cupcakes
  • Sprinkle a bit of powdered sugar onto the surface before rolling out the fondant.
  • Don’t roll the fondant too thin – we advise 1/4 of an inch because the letters are sturdy enough to withstand little hands “helping.”
  • If you have time, I recommend rolling and cutting the fondant in advance. This will give them time to dry and set up.
  • Use alphabet cutters about 1-inch tall – we have these alphabet cookie cutters from Amazon and they’re great.
XO Cupcakes for Valentine's Day

Start with the Easy Vanilla Cupcake Recipe 

Here on Ruffles and Rain Boots, we like easy. And that means recipes that appeal to both kids and the grownups who have to make them.

If you need a vanilla cupcake recipe, I recommend making our Lazy Girl’s Easy Vanilla Cupcakes. They take less than 30-minutes and use ingredients you likely have on hand.

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Yield: 24 cupcakes

XO Cupcakes for Valentine's Day

XO Cupcakes for Valentine's Day

These fun XO cupcakes for Valentine's Day are sure to bring a smile. They are easy and done quickly, so they're perfect for class parties!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes


Vanilla Cupcakes

Cupcake Frosting


  1. Bake 24 vanilla cupcakes. Set aside to cool.
  2. While the cupcakes are baking, make the frosting. In a stand mixer (or use a large bowl and hand mixer), combine butter, sugar, milk, and extract. Once smooth, transfer to a piping bag with a round tip.
  3. Sprinkle a smooth surface with powdered sugar and roll out the purple fondant. Cut X's from it. Repeat with the pink fondant, making O's. Cut as many as you need for your cupcakes. We made 2 X's and 2 O's for each cupcake.
  4. Once the cupcakes are cool, pipe the frosting in a short swirl - don't build a mound. Place the X's and O's on the frosting and you're done!


When using our Easy Vanilla Cupcake Recipe, double it for 24 cupcakes.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 197Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 76mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 0gSugar: 29gProtein: 0g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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