8-Bit Heart Cupcakes

8-Bit Heart Cupcakes

8 Bit Heart Cupcakes

Patrick Starrr joins Rosanna Pansino on Nerdy Nummies to make mocha flavored 8-Bit Heart Cupcakes!

Things you’ll need


  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup cold coffee
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • Red candy hearts
  • Pink and white sprinkles
  • Ro’s 8-Bit heart cupcake toppers


  • Large bowl
  • Medium bowl
  • Whisk
  • Rubber spatula
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Red metallic liners
  • Muffin tin
  • White buttercream frosting in a piping bag fitted with #1A tip

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a muffin pan with metallic red cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl mix the sugars, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the egg, coffee, oil, buttermilk, vanilla and instant espresso powder.
  4. Pour the wet into the dry and mix until no streaks of dry remain.
  5. Scoop batter into cupcake liners and bake for 16 to 18 minutes.

Time to decorate!

  1. Once cool, use a #1A tip to pipe a swirl of frosting on top of each cupcake.
  2. Top half the cupcakes with candy hearts and sprinkles and the other half with 8-bit hearts.

Rosanna Pansino and Patrick Starr make 8-Bit Heart Cupcakes on Nerdy Nummies

8-Bit Heart Cupcakes

8-Bit Heart Cupcakes