A bleeding heart was not the intent of this cupcake topping (but it would have been perfect for me 10 years ago, ha!). The lesson I learned then was to put the strawberries at the last minute before serving and to make sure they are paper-toweled off dry to minimize the chance of “bleeding”.
This is very easy to prepare. You can make the cupcakes either from scratch or from a cake box. I can’t remember which recipe I used for these particular cupcakes, but I’m betting vanilla flavor would go well with the strawberry.
To make the heart-shaped topper, carefully trim off the green stems and halve the strawberry lengthwise. Cut a little (rounded) “V” on top of each strawberry slice to make a heart shape. And voilà, you have yourself a Valentine’s Day cupcake. Easy, right? Yummy, too!