Thursday, February 14, 2013

Mini ways to say Happy Valentine’s Day!

Heart Cake Pops

I made mini and many cake pops for you this past weekend. I had this idea I wanted to try just using basic round pops and color to make a sweet little display. So I set out to dip enough cake pops to get the job done. That turned out to be 350 plus. Yikes. Not quite sure what I was thinking … Around number 70, I was really starting to reconsider. I thought … oh my gosh I have to make five times that many. But when I start something I can’t let it go until I get to the end and see how it works out. I know this project doesn’t help you much for this year, but I thought the heart display could totally work for a lot of other things besides Valentine’s Day.

So keep reading below for the how to… or check out my big “mini” giveaway at the end of this post. It’s a mini way for me to say Happy Valentine’s Day!

Okay, here we go.

You can’t tell in the picture, but these cake pops are tiny. Like Cake Dots instead of pops. So tiny that you use a toothpick to dip them with instead of a lollipop stick. Yes a toothpick. The cake balls are actually about the size of a penny. But they are small for a reason.

  1. Regular size cake pops would take up a lot of table real estate.
  2. The lollipop sticks would be much taller and people would have a harder time viewing the design from above.
  3. I figured the proportions out so they would work on a pretty standard size piece of styrofoam to make it easier to recreate and transport.
  4. I only had to make one cake. Score.
  5. Mini is major cute.

steps

I based the display design off of a template (see below) I made so that it works with a 12X18 inch or 12X20 inch sheet of styrofoam you can find in craft stores. Then I worked backwards to figure out how many cake pops you’d need to make the the shape look right. Once I had that, I knew how big to make the cake pops. Or how little.

  • Crumble cake and mix with frosting
  • Roll into tiny cake balls. (basic cake pop instructions here) You can use the circles on the downloadable template as a guide for the right size. They should be slightly smaller than the circle so that when you add the coating they will still fit together nicely.
  • Keep rolling and rolling until you have enough
  • Dip a toothpick into melted coating and then insert into a chilled cake ball.
  • Dip entire cake pop into the coating and then sprinkle with non-pareils. They are tiny and will be the best size for these tiny treats.
  • Place in styrofoam to dry.

A couple of things to note.

  • Use a small plastic bowl to melt the coating. You can work with a smaller amount of coating when dipping. Just melt the coating in batches as you go. Then you can take breaks and watch the Walking Dead marathon on AMC in between.
  • Buy more than one sheet of styrofoam. You’ll need more room than the display size so they aren’t touching each other as they dry.
  • Invite a friend over to help you. It will go faster and maybe your neck won’t hurt like mine does right now from looking down and dipping for so long.
  • I’d try Mercken’s candy coating for this project. It melts nice and fluid – you don’t want thick coating on these. It will add too much volume.
  • I’ve probably discouraged you already. Kind of like I felt as I was starting making these. But I had a feeling they’d be cute when I finished so I went on… like I’m going to do now. And by the way, these completely make me giddy when I see them finished on the table (looking at them now), so I guess it was worth it. And it will definitely be worth it if one of you decides to try it out some day. Hope you do… with a friend.

Sprinkles

Use multi-color non-pareils for the second candy coating color. Minus the static.

Baby Cake Pop

Super cute.

When all the pops are done, prepare your display.

styrofoam

  • Wrap a 12X18 inch or 12X20 inch sheet of styrofoam with paper. I used the 19X25 inch single sheets you purchase at the craft store. You could also use wrapping paper though.
  • Packing tape worked best on the styrofoam to tape the paper down.
  • Print out the template provided centered on an 11X17 sheet of paper at somewhere like Kinko’s. The design is created for a 12X18 surface area but it is set up on 11X17 paper since that is a standard size to print. You’ll notice that some of the circles on the template are getting cropped off when they print, but that’s okay, you’ll have enough information to figure out where the pops on the perimeter should go. I hope that makes sense.
  • Tape the template down temporarily and use a safety pin to poke holes into the paper.
  • Remove the template and start arranging the cake pops using the template as a guide. Start in the middle and work your way out from the center. More than likely some of your pops will be bigger than you think and if you start at one end, left to right, they will start to tilt too much to make room as you place them in position. But if you start in the center, they will angle out equally all the way around. Again I hope that makes sense.

Heart Mini Cake Pops

Full of heart.

Mini Cake Pops on Toothpicks

But you can also rearrange them for a different look …

LOVE Mini Cake Pops

And spread a little love…

XO

… Or some sweet hugs and kisses.

Here are the 11X17 inch templates for each.

LOVE Cake Pops

And because I love you guys and all things mini, here’s a little giveaway for you.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • To enter, just leave a comment on this post and tell me who your Valentine is, what your plans are (or were) for the fourteenth or just say hi.
  • Deadline to enter is Sunday, February 17th at 7:00 p.m. ET. Sorry, Time’s Up. Winner Announced below.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Sunday evening on this post.
  • Winner will receive a 16GB Wi-Fi iPad mini.

Good Luck.

We have a winner! YAY!

Congratulations to Brenda! Hope you and your Peanut Butter Man enjoy the mini iPad!

Giveaway sponsored by me.
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Kae said...

I will be working but when I get home I am going to bake the peanut butter fudge you reposted not too long ago and eat take out with my husband!

February 14, 2013 02:34 AM
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Alisha said...

<3 My valentine is my best friend and husband of 14 years. I love him! :o) We're having a quiet family dinner for Valentine's Day…nice and simple.

February 14, 2013 02:35 AM
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Hanna said...

My valentine is my husband, and our plans is to stay in with the kids, haha. Love the mini pops! :D

February 14, 2013 02:36 AM
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Kirsten said...

Hello Bakerella!

My valentine and I are making a pillow fort and some lavender truffles, then watching some movies while we snack on said truffles.

February 14, 2013 02:36 AM
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Mike said...

I have no big plans for Valentine’s Day, I love my husband every day. Nevertheless, your cake pops are very sweet!

February 14, 2013 02:36 AM
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Rachel G said...

I live with my SO, but my kitty undoubtedly steals my heart every time. I’ll be coming home from work and showering him with Fancy Feast and snuggles!

February 14, 2013 02:37 AM
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Prisca said...

My hubby is my true love but we’ll be spending Valentine’s with several singles we’ve invited over just for fun including our neighbor who has wanted to be married for a very long time. Shepherd’s Pie and Quinoa Salad are on the menu, but I’m looking for a dessert idea. Of course I had to check out what Bakerella was doing!

February 14, 2013 02:39 AM
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Ellen said...

My boyfriend is getting a Kelly from saved by the bell tshirt

February 14, 2013 02:39 AM
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Tracy said...

No special plans for Valentine’s but I hope you have a great one :)

February 14, 2013 02:40 AM
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Laura said...

My Valentine is my boyfriend, my support when things go wrong.
I’ll be preparing him his fave dishes for lunch, a really indulgent chocolate cake for dessert, and some croissants to bake in the afternoon.
This day is just an excuse to go sweet xD

February 14, 2013 02:40 AM
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Noël Stout said...

Hi!

February 14, 2013 02:41 AM
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Cat said...

My valentine is my lovely fiance, but we’re not doing anything on the 14th (except work!) We never do – instead we do something a day or so after. Our ‘Valentine’s’ day tradition is to spend the day going bowling, playing pool and taking sticker photos :-)

February 14, 2013 02:41 AM
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elizabeth said...

my valentine is me! Loving the mini cake pops, they are adorable!

February 14, 2013 02:42 AM
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Evelyn said...

You’re right – mini IS major cute! Love these!

February 14, 2013 02:43 AM
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Nadiia said...

Hi
My plan for today is to eat a lot of candy/chocolad/sweet-sweet things

February 14, 2013 02:43 AM
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Dee said...

Hi there Bakey :)

Today I left little love post it notes to by better-half husband Marc while he slept. I also left a handmade card near the clothes iron so he’d find it when he got up :)

Boy, was he happy :) YAY! Hope you pick meee! Fingers crossed!

Love
Dee
From Sri Lanka <3

February 14, 2013 02:43 AM
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Bruinbr said...

My valentines are my husband, daughter and son! No big plans, just cupcakes and lollipops :) thanks for the giveaway!

February 14, 2013 02:43 AM
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debbie k. said...

My valentine is my husband first, then my two babies. :) we will dine over a steak house meal after the babies go down. thank you for the lovely idea!

February 14, 2013 02:43 AM
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Amanda said...

valentine is me and my dog! hah, but that’s the best way to do it, more on-sale post-valentine’s day chocolate for me (especially since the dog can’t have any)!

February 14, 2013 02:43 AM
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gina said...

i dont have a valentine but im going out with a group of work mates tonight :) these are too cute!!! i will have to try and recreate these!

February 14, 2013 02:44 AM
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Melanie said...

My Valentine is my husband….we’ve been happily married for almost 6 years and have 2 beautiful girls that make our life irresistibly sweet. Hugs and Kisses all year round in this house…spending time with each other will be our greatest gift this Valentine’s day.

February 14, 2013 02:44 AM
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Eli said...

I made 128 filled chocolates for my classmates, so my day was pretty much about giving chocolates to everybody :) Seeing everybody happy reminded me why I did so much of them :)

February 14, 2013 02:44 AM
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Connie the Cookie Monster said...

my valentine is joseph grodon levitt! (i wish)
ill be working this valentines day unfortunately :(

February 14, 2013 02:45 AM
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maria mcdonald said...

My valentine is my hubby!!! We are going to movies and dinner this weekend to celebrate! :)

February 14, 2013 02:45 AM
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Cristen Milonas said...

My Valentine is my fiancee. We spread a picnic rug on the loungeroom floor and had a picnic for breakfast. My partner is a pastry chef and prepared a veritable feast of sweeties in a hamper.

February 14, 2013 02:46 AM
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Andrea Berry said...

My husband is my valentine. We will be taking my daughter and I out for lunch. He works nights, so he is staying up late to spend the afternoon with us :)

February 14, 2013 02:47 AM
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Steph said...

My Valentine is my boyfriend who is currently overseas, so I put a card in his suitcase before he left telling him to open on the fourteenth! :)

February 14, 2013 02:47 AM
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Sue {munchkin munchies} said...

My Valentine is my husband:) On the 14th we will be on a plane to TX (from CA) to visit our daughter and family…our oldest grandchild will be 8 on Sat. :)

February 14, 2013 02:47 AM
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jazmiiinee said...

my valentine is my boyfriend and during the day i will bake but at night we will be cooking together a heart shaped pizza :) <3

February 14, 2013 02:47 AM
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Stephanie said...

Hi Bakerella! I made your mini panda cupcakes for my birthday party last year and everyone loved them! I also use your chocolate chip cookie recipe and I really liked your peanut butter/chocolate cookies.:) Thanks for the recipes! Happy Valentines Day! :D Eats lots of chocolate!!! ^U^

February 14, 2013 02:48 AM
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Cindy said...

My Valentine, my husband, and I will be dining at our local steakhouse. We do this every year. He’s a CPA, so he only gets to come home for dinner, then back to work. Love him!

February 14, 2013 02:48 AM
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Tiffany said...

My Valentine is going to be my two and a half year old son, William. We are planning on baking cupcakes, being that he loves to help mommy bake.

The mini-pops are adorable!

February 14, 2013 02:48 AM
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Ashley E said...

I have 2 Valentine’s this year. My wonderful husband and our 3 week old baby boy :) I’m a very lucky gal!

February 14, 2013 02:48 AM
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Veronica said...

my valentines are my son and hubby. since he’s so young (2) we’re celebrating at home and the hubs offered to cook dinner which is a nice break for me. :)

February 14, 2013 02:48 AM
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emy said...

hi to every one, my love is life …………

February 14, 2013 02:48 AM
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Alondra Garcia said...

My Valentine is my SO and my son! We will be having a nice night of movies and food at home lol.

February 14, 2013 02:49 AM
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Magdalena V said...

My valentine is my niece :) We are going to make some yummy cookies & decorate them for her mom, dad, & grandma :)

February 14, 2013 02:49 AM
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Kathryn said...

We have plans to go see a specialist about my leg to see why it’s still hurting after 6 years. Very unromantic. :(

February 14, 2013 02:49 AM
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Arturo said...

My Valentine will be my best friend, we are going to Vegas!

February 14, 2013 02:49 AM
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Flo said...

Hi there. My boyfriend and I will go the the restaurant :) Can’t wait for it !!!

February 14, 2013 02:49 AM
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Katherine said...

Both my SO and I work night jobs, so nothing special for us today. We are going away to a lovely microbrewery on Sunday though…. ;-)

February 14, 2013 02:50 AM
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Wendy said...

My valentine is my hubby… our plans are to celebrate my birthday… I am a Valentine baby! :) This year… we are going to enjoy a trip to the Caribbean.

February 14, 2013 02:50 AM
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F Khan said...

My husband is my valentine! We will be spending some much needed quality time together! Love the mini display..Soo cute!!

February 14, 2013 02:50 AM
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Jackie V said...

My valentines will be my grandkids!!! I love spending time with them & making yummy goodies with them. We have fun no matter what we do :)

February 14, 2013 02:51 AM
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linsey said...

My husband is my valentine! He is trying to rebel against valentines day… :( boring! but im planning on making a romantic dinner and then making him his favorite peanut butter cookies too.. heart shaped of course! and hopefully if i have time some cake pops..and im definately trying the mini version!! i love them! soooooo cute!!

February 14, 2013 02:51 AM
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Laura said...

My Valentines are my husband, daughter and baby boy. I love this cute idea and might try it next year! For this year it’s red velvet whoopie pies :)

February 14, 2013 02:52 AM
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Sherri said...

My valentine is my SO and our little girl :) We plan to go to the Walt Disney Museum just us two for the “Someday My Prince Will Come” event and then spend Monday together as a family, a Valentines day for a toddler!

February 14, 2013 02:52 AM
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Divya said...

A dinner with my folks :) :)

February 14, 2013 02:52 AM
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Angelina Pfaff said...

Hi Bakerella, I plan on finishing up my Valentine treat orders and then I will enjoy my long weekend with my husband and daugther <3

February 14, 2013 02:53 AM
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JENNIFER said...

Spending the day with my husband volunteering in our girls classrooms.

February 14, 2013 02:53 AM
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Christina said...

Hi, love your cake dots display! super cute! i’ll be working all day today and hopefully enjoying a wonderful dinner with my fiance after. Happy Valentine’s Day to you & everyone else on this thread!

February 14, 2013 02:53 AM
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Marta said...

Oooh! These mini cake pops are soo cute…!
My Valentine is my boyfriend Uri!

February 14, 2013 02:54 AM
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Charnel said...

My valentine lives 132 miles away:] and has through out our 4 years together! so we will be celebrating at the same place we do every year on Saturday with my 4 year old daughter:]

February 14, 2013 02:54 AM
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Amy S said...

Dinner with the boyfriend!

February 14, 2013 02:54 AM
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Leslie said...

My husband Matthew is my valentine. It’s our 23rd valentine this year. :-)

February 14, 2013 02:54 AM
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Jule said...

my valentine and i are going to write examina today. yeaaah, what al lovely day… :-//
which me luck

February 14, 2013 02:55 AM
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Renee said...

Valentina’s day is my birthday! I’ll be spending it with amazing friends and family! Love this idea with the mini pops

February 14, 2013 02:55 AM
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Gemma said...

Hi there fabulous idea the displays look fantastic and its given me some great idea for displays at weddings and partys so thank u very much ! :)

As for valentines day i’m going to the Imax with my partner to see A Good Day to Die Hard they’re one his favourite films so how could we not :) happy valentines day everyone x

February 14, 2013 02:55 AM
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Kassy said...

Hi :] I have no significant plans for this Valentines but I’ll be spending it with my friends and people at work!

February 14, 2013 02:55 AM
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Kelli Sumners said...

I will be spending Valentines Day with my babygirl in the hospital. She is waiting on double lung transplant. She is 11 and loves to bake…

February 14, 2013 02:56 AM
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Janie L said...

Spending it at home with my family :)

February 14, 2013 02:56 AM
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Nikki said...

Baked pink cupcakes today. Cooking my boyfriends favorite dish tom, the 14th amd he is taking me on saturday =)

February 14, 2013 02:56 AM
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Sheree Carey said...

My Valentines are my hubby and 14 month old son. I plane on making delivers for V day orders, then having din din with my valentines. Happy Baking and Valentines day. LOVE this idea by the way…my mind os going crazy thinking of all the possibilities.

February 14, 2013 02:56 AM
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Heather Baker said...

I don’t think my last one sent through :s gig it didn’t then again I’m exchanging little valentines gifts with friends and made cupcakes and chocolates for my parents :)

February 14, 2013 02:56 AM
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Denise said...

My Valentine is my husband and we plan to stay at home and spend the evening with the children. And, my son has basketball practice, too. :)

February 14, 2013 02:57 AM
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Marilla said...

My Valentines are my hardworking NYPD boyfriend of 10 years & my breast cancer survivor mom! Two awesome people I’m proud to know. No specific plans other than baking cupcakes & relaxing!

February 14, 2013 02:57 AM
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Dawn said...

With my dad, he & my mom’s 53rd wedding anniversary was yesterday, 2/13/13, his first without her (passed away 4/3/12)

February 14, 2013 02:57 AM
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Angelica said...

My valentine is my husband and it’s our first Valentine’s Day as husband and wife. We’re hitting the highway tomorrow and heading to Monterey and Big Sur for the weekend. Very much unlike our first Valentine’s Day together when we saw Rambo 4 :)

February 14, 2013 02:57 AM
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Erica said...

My poor husband who is in bed with a head cold.

February 14, 2013 02:57 AM
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Maryann B said...

I will be spending my Valentines’s Day with my 3 sweet boys and my grandson and eating lots of chocolate!! Cheerios for the grandson!!

February 14, 2013 02:58 AM
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Tamara said...

I am spending valentine’s day with my man, i made him some heart shaped macarons and later on we are going out to dinner and a Movie ( the New die hard Movie, am I the best girlfriend or what :-P)

February 14, 2013 02:58 AM
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Kauana said...

My valentine is my husband haha and our plans is to stay at home and eat a delicious dinner together :D

February 14, 2013 02:58 AM
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Echo said...

Hello! I don’t have a valentine but who cares :) I have 17 kids in a classroom who are more important!

February 14, 2013 02:58 AM
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Christina Bryant said...

My valentine this year is myself. I always put others before me, so for this valentines day, it is all about relaxing and refreshing my mind.

February 14, 2013 02:59 AM
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Judy said...

My Valentine will be my husband and this will be our 1st year celebrating Valentine’s Day as a married couple. I plan to surprise him with his favorite meal; Steak & Rice! I also plan to bake something but I haven’t decided on what yet.

February 14, 2013 02:59 AM
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Natalie said...

My valentine would be my boyfriend but he lives far away, so we can’t celebrate. But i thought about sending him some chocolate :D

February 14, 2013 03:00 AM
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Kimberly Faye said...

just made my v-day cake pops for my boyfriend, Channing. its also my birthday so we are waiting til its less crowded to go out for dinner, but we’re staying in and spending it watching movies and i’m cooking dinner :)

February 14, 2013 03:00 AM
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Shannon said...

My Valentine is my sweet husband, this will be our 25th Valentine’s Day together. We’ll be celebrating with our 8 year old son and 5 year old daughter!

February 14, 2013 03:00 AM
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Monique L said...

My children and I will be baking cupcakes and making cake pops :) and my hubby of 16 years, will be laying on the couch ready to eat them lol!!

February 14, 2013 03:00 AM
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Olivia said...

going to school and then dinner with my boyfriend! :)

February 14, 2013 03:00 AM
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Jenifer Evans said...

My Valentine is my boyfriend of 5 years.
We aren’t doing anything special for valentines because we dont need a holiday to do special things for each other.
Instead I will be playing cupid with a choco covered berry fundraiser for a school club.

February 14, 2013 03:00 AM
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Anna said...

My husband and I have planned to stay at home for the night. I did get a nice surprise when I got back from grocery shopping, when I got a bouquet of chocolate dipped strawberries <3

February 14, 2013 03:00 AM
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Missy K said...

My husband is m valentine but we do not celebrate valentines day. He works in a restaurant so he will be there super late and I will be home with the toddler. Thanks for the giveaway, your ideas are always so cute!

February 14, 2013 03:02 AM
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Diana Aviles said...

I just started doing Cake Pops from home since I can’t find a job I had to make money (to pay the bills) ????. I was inspired after I saw your Cupcake Pops, to do this from home. My Valentine are the Cake Pops since is my first time making $ doing A lot of hearts. ????????

February 14, 2013 03:02 AM
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Nicole said...

My valentines are my husband and my 3 year old son. We don’t have much planned for the day other than enjoying each others company :)

February 14, 2013 03:02 AM
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Laura said...

My mom’s birthday falls on Valentine’s day, and this year she is turning 60, so my hubby (Jeff) and our 3 children are going to be celebrateing her birthday/Valentine with her!

February 14, 2013 03:03 AM
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Mrs. Schmid said...

SO cute!!! My valentines are my there sweet kiddos! I’m so lucky!

February 14, 2013 03:03 AM
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Sandy Lasher said...

My Valentine is my husband and we are having a steak at home, he is a cpa so clients are coming over to drop off their taxes!!

February 14, 2013 03:03 AM
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Laura McGuire said...

My honey is out to sea so a friend and I will enjoy a lunch at Olive Garden. Kids in tow.

February 14, 2013 03:03 AM
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Tracy said...

My valentines are my husband and my 21-month-old little snugglebug. We will be making some chocolate mouse and having a nice dinner at home. My husband and I are going out for a nice dinner on Friday with a friend watching our son. First time out just the two of us since last April – I am so excited!!

February 14, 2013 03:04 AM
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Cheryl said...

My boyfriend lives out of state. I’ll be drinking wine with him on Skype. :)

February 14, 2013 03:04 AM
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Vivian said...

Those are so adorable! This valentine’s day i am going to go watch a movie with my friends.

February 14, 2013 03:04 AM
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d said...

hi!

February 14, 2013 03:04 AM
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Pho dang said...

My valentines is myself! I’m working till 8pm on the 14th so won’t be doing Anything too special. Happy valentines day to you and to everyone! I love your baking ideas. Thank you for sharing with us your love and creative ideas for cake pops and all other baking creations! <3 :)

February 14, 2013 03:05 AM
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Jane Ko (austin food blogger) said...

Spending Valentines delivering macarons!

http://www.atasteofkoko.com

February 14, 2013 03:06 AM
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Diana Aviles said...

Hi

February 14, 2013 03:06 AM
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Mrs. Schmid said...

SO cute!!! My valentines are my three sweet kiddos! I’m so lucky!!!

February 14, 2013 03:06 AM
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Frances said...

Hi! I made heart shaped vanilla biscuits with a glazed icing. Very yummy and full of love.

February 14, 2013 03:07 AM
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Beatrice White said...

Happy Valentines day! These are too cute! Well ..I don’t have a Valentine..since I ask my son..but said yes to his aunt and my husband ask my daughter..haha..But just plan in hangin out at home.

February 14, 2013 03:07 AM
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Misty said...

My valentines are my wonderful husband and sweet 4 year old daughter. We plan to spend the evening together at home.

February 14, 2013 03:07 AM
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