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Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to indulge in creative baking at home, and never have the choices of heart-shaped bakeware been so wide and varied! The basic choice, for the day of love, is sweetly-decorated cupcakes, of course, but then there’s heart-shaped cheesecake (imagine that with red berries on top!), white chocolate mousse in the shape of a diamond-cut heart, a bacon-apple quiche in an old-fashioned red enamel pan with darling ruffles all around, an assortment of homemade chocolate hearts, bite-size cakes, cake pops—the sweet possibilities are endless.
Whether you feel like celebrating love this Valentine’s Day or you want to cheer someone up any time of year, you can always make heart-shaped goodies. It does make everything a little bit better! Here, the best heart-shaped pans and molds on the market.
Best Overall: Emile Henry Ruffled Heart Dish
This enameled baking pan made from Burgundian clay by the well-respected Emile Henry company is not only useful and adaptable to many recipes—both sweet and savory—but it also gives pleasure to anyone who uses it, since it’s just so classically beautiful. The ruffled edge along the top is just too pretty! Available in red or in pink, this pan should be included in ideas for gifting on Valentine’s Day because it will be appreciated for years to come. It has a 3 3/4-quart capacity. Made in France, it also comes with a 10-year limited warranty.
Best for Cupcakes: Bakerpan Heart-Shaped Silicone Muffin/Cupcake Pan
This pan makes eight heart-shaped cupcakes, but it's great for other heart-shaped baking or molding, too—think mini heart-shaped quiches or muffins for a Valentine's Day brunch. Made from nonstick BPA-free silicone, you'll get easy removal and cleanup when you're done creating your masterpieces. It can handle temperatures from -40 to 446 degrees Fahrenheit so it can go from the freezer to the oven to the microwave safely. The festive, yet versatile cupcake pan would make a nice addition to any baker's supplies.
Best Mold: Motzu Diamond Heart-Shaped Silicone Mold
This diamond heart-shaped mold gives home bakers the chance to make a finished product that resembles the newest looks in fine pastry-making. The sharp edges of the diamond provide a very chic look, and the mold is adaptable to many recipes. Full-sized at 8.31 x 8.15 x 2.52 inches and made from BPA-free silicone, the mold is both easy to use and clean. It can also be used to make smash cakes (those adorable little birthday cakes for 1-year-olds)!
Best for Cake or Cookie Pops: Wilton Heart Pops Cookie Pan
This pan makes four heart-shaped cake pops or cookie pops. It stands out by having individual “deep recesses" that let you bake the cookie pop sticks right in, meaning the cake or cookie pops will be less liable to fall off their sticks. You can also use the pan for heart-shaped Rice Krispie Treats, lollipops, or candy so you have tons of options perfect for Valentine's Day or a festive gathering year-round.
Best Candy Molds: Trudeau Silicone Heart-Shaped Candy Molds
Award-winning bakeware company Trudeau has been in operation since 1889, so this is a brand you can trust. This set of three 15 piece-capacity candy molds is as pleasant to use as it is beautiful (the eye-catching color will bring the love to any baker's kitchen). You'll really take your candy-making to the next level with this bakeware. There are 45 molds in total so you can make candy for a crowd!
Best Disposable: Durable Packaging Heart Shaped Foil Bake Pan
If you’re baking a lot of cakes as gifts, these full-size heart-shaped foil baking pans are good-looking, affordable, and somewhat uncommon—as most of the heart-shaped foil baking pans are in the smaller size to make cupcakes. The outside is a bright celebratory red color, and the inside is silver. Each one holds 32 fluid ounces. Ten pans are included in the pack, and lids are separately available!
Best for Cheesecake: casaWare Heart Springform 10-Inch Pan
What’s great about this heart-shaped springform pan is that it’s extra-deep, at almost 3 inches high, so it's perfect for a cheesecake. Mix together cheesecake and Valentine’s Day and it’s the best of both worlds! The pan is made with a nonstick easy-release surface over thick carbon steel that won't warp.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Karen Resta is a writer specializing in food culture and history, cooking, pastries, and restaurants. She's also a former pastry chef and has traveled to Budapest, Kyiv, and Paris during their Fashion Weeks as a photographer and writer, always finding the best authentic pastries along the way. She now spends a lot of her free time baking at home and recommends quality within your given budget. Having the right tools available and knowing how to use them well (it can take practice, like anything else) makes all the difference, and she curated this list with that in mind.