Cupcakes are so cute in their natural state that it almost seems unnecessary to try and cute them up any more. Note that I said almost. This Crown Heart Cupcake Pan from Williams Sonoma does a fine job at doing just that. The muffin pan has heart-shaped depressions around the top of each cup, which allow the batter to spread into them as the cake batter cooks. This gives the muffins or cupcakes a heart-shaped, domed top. They’re perfect for your Valentine, but are just as adorable the rest of the time, so it’s one of the relatively few seasonal specialty pans that you can use on multiple occasions throughout the year.
The pan alone is $24. If you’re looking for something specifically for Valentine’s Day, you might be tempted to go for the special, which includes candy message toppers and a Sprinkles red velvet cake mix. Given that we’ve heard less-than-positive reviews of that mix brand, you’re better off saving a few more dollars and getting the candy toppers separately.