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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Melody Losier said...

My Valentine is my husband Mike, and for Valentine’s Day we are moving into our new house! Finally, 4 years of marriage and 2 kids later, we are able to buy a home and have a place to call ours and raise a family. It’s the perfect gift since there will be a lot of love shared in that house over the years to come.
You are so talented, and I love reading about your baking creations. Hope your Valentine’s Day is a sweet one!!

February 14, 2013 04:06 AM
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Jo Kenngott said...

I will be cooking a lobster dinner for my sweet husband of 36 years. Staying home and watching a movie.

February 14, 2013 04:06 AM
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Donna F said...

My Valentine’s are my husband and 9 month old baby. We will be having dinner in and spending time with our son who will be celebrating his 1st Valentine’s.

February 14, 2013 04:06 AM
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Tiffany Horton said...

Too cute! I have made cakepops this little before for my son to eat while I was making normal ones! My valentines are my hubby and our two boys! We will stay at home and do some handprint crafts!

February 14, 2013 04:07 AM
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Jodie Dean said...

My hubby is my valentine! With kids now it is hard to do much, but we are going to the movies on Saturday instead of today :)
And OMG at how many cake bites you rolled and dipped…the mind boggles! But sooooo cute!

February 14, 2013 04:08 AM
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Kim Yeo Eun said...

Hi Bakerella! I just love those cute little cake pops!!
Today, I just baked heart-shaped cake pops with 3 of my dear friends.
I hope I will actually get to meet you in the future.
Bye!
Happy Valentines Day :)

February 14, 2013 04:08 AM
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Cassie said...

My valentine will be my husband and our beautiful rescue dog Ned. It’s out first year as a married couple, so very special

February 14, 2013 04:09 AM
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Jeanelle Cabais said...

My four year old son asked me to be his valentine :) ? we are baking valentine cupcakes and brownies together and having a nice quiet dinner at home :)

February 14, 2013 04:09 AM
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Erica G. said...

My boyfriend Matt :3 we go to two different colleges so we get to skype date later today.

what he doesn’t know is that I’m coming down to visit him and my family this weekend, so hopefully he’s surprised haha

Happy Valentine’s Day~

February 14, 2013 04:10 AM
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Hannah said...

My valentine is my cat! We’re going to have a fluffy and cuddly valentine with loads of chocolate for me. Doesn’t sound that bad, right?

February 14, 2013 04:10 AM
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Tracy V. said...

Hi! What a beautiful display! Thank you for sharing and thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

February 14, 2013 04:11 AM
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esyin said...

Staying at home and sleep.haha

February 14, 2013 04:11 AM
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Kellie D. said...

My hubby is my Valentine ;) he is so good to me!

February 14, 2013 04:11 AM
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Jessie Zeien said...

Hi Bakerella!

I am lucky to have 4 Valentines. First is my husband Dan (we will be having dinner tonight and then mattress shopping), next are my three beautiful children (10 and 3 yr old girls and my baby boy – 1). Happy Valentines Day!!!

February 14, 2013 04:11 AM
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Erica F said...

Wow!!! Love this can’t wait to work on this and do other things with. For valentines planning on spending it with hubby and son.

February 14, 2013 04:12 AM
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Kourtney said...

My Valentine today would be my lovely single self. Today I will be celebrating my 34th birthday at the bingo hall with some of my friends for the Heartbreakers Ball at the Bingo Hall. LOL. This Valentine Birthday Girl is celebrating herself this year.

February 14, 2013 04:12 AM
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Gigi said...

My special Valentine is my Dad. This will be his first Valentine’s Day without my mom. Mom is blowing you kisses from Heaven. <3

February 14, 2013 04:13 AM
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Kristi said...

ADORABLE!!!!!

My husband and I will be celebrating our 20th wedding Anniversary this May. We don’t have anything special planned for Valentine’s day but we are going away for a long weekend, just the two of us, this coming weekend to celebrate! ( our daughter is coming home from college for the weekend to watch the dog! ) Happy Valentine’s day!

February 14, 2013 04:15 AM
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Tina said...

My Valentine is my loving husband Sid, he make’s my daily life with him a Valentine’s Day celebration! Hope I win! Love to all. Tina

February 14, 2013 04:17 AM
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Shannon said...

My valentine this year is my newlywed husband. Its our official valentines day as husband and wife and i honestly still don’t know what to get him : An Ipad mini would be a good present :]

February 14, 2013 04:17 AM
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Marcos said...

Spending the day with my wife and son just having a family day.

February 14, 2013 04:17 AM
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Miss Overballe said...

My valentine is my boyfriend, and as we both have the flu, we’ll spend tonight on the couch with plenty of tea and tissues…

February 14, 2013 04:19 AM
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Bonnie said...

Just gorgeous!

February 14, 2013 04:19 AM
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Deanna said...

My Valentine is my husband of 42 1/2 years. We went out to a great dinner last night. He is my Valentine EVERY DAY !!!!

February 14, 2013 04:19 AM
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Corie said...

My valentines are my loving husband and my newborn daughter! We plan to spend the evening at home and exchange cards. Happy Valentines Day to you!

February 14, 2013 04:20 AM
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KarenWA said...

My Valentine is Ryan, my sweetie of 9 years! I’m working on Valentine’s day, so we’re making our official celebration on Sunday! Happy Valentine’s day to everyone! <3

February 14, 2013 04:20 AM
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Sarah said...

These are adorable!

February 14, 2013 04:20 AM
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Heather said...

My mom and I are having a girls day on Valentine’s day. Baking cupcakes, manicures, and a rom com marathon. I’m super excited about it!

February 14, 2013 04:20 AM
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Klyd said...

Fabulous cake pops as usual! My Valentine’s my hubby of 14 years :D

February 14, 2013 04:21 AM
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Kris said...

Hello!:)

February 14, 2013 04:21 AM
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esyin said...

spending valentines sleeping at home…

February 14, 2013 04:21 AM
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madealineee said...

My plans are uni, uni and more uni!!

February 14, 2013 04:22 AM
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Selena said...

My daughter will be my valentine. Rocking the single mom thing and loving her as much as I can possibly dote upon her. We just finished 48 cupcakes for her classmates…(clearly nothing like your 350 mini pops).. And when I say we, I mean me and her supervising. Happy valentine!!! Been reading you for a long time. Love you and all you share on these pages!!

February 14, 2013 04:23 AM
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Amanda Jones said...

My valentines are my husband, my 3 son’s and my daughter. Every year I look forward to eating Chinese takeout for dinner, so I hope those are our plans tonight.

February 14, 2013 04:23 AM
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Rebecca Baird said...

I’ll be spending Valentine’s Day with my guinea pig and my dog, both of whom are rescues. Unconditional love is the best kind of love! :)

February 14, 2013 04:24 AM
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Alvean Herrera said...

Going to take my hubby to Disneyland!
And I’m hosting a cupcake decorating party for my single mommy friends that have little ones.

February 14, 2013 04:25 AM
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Christina said...

Hi, I just found your sight. I love it and your sweets. I will be spending Valentine’s with my husband of 14 years. We will go out for dinner and back home for dessert and long over due alone time. lol

February 14, 2013 04:26 AM
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Lynn said...

Love the ideas! So colorful!!

February 14, 2013 04:26 AM
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Tracy said...

Happy Valentines! My sweet day will begin at work then I plan to spend the evening with my four Valentines, my husband of fifteen years and my three children.

February 14, 2013 04:27 AM
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Patty said...

My Valentine is my husband. I’m not sure what our plans are, but as long as we’re together, I will be happy.

February 14, 2013 04:28 AM
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Eileen said...

My plans after work are to make homemade calzones for the family, then take my daughter and her friend and drop them off to see warm bodies:) Also havering donuts (heart shaped) delivered to dear husband during the day tomorrow:)

February 14, 2013 04:28 AM
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Sev said...

My valentine is my husband and we will be having a fondue dinner at home like we do every year!

February 14, 2013 04:28 AM
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anna said...

I’m not sure yet, my fiancee has top secret plans for dinner :)

February 14, 2013 04:29 AM
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Amanda Jones said...

My valentines this year are my husband I my children. Our plans for dinner will be Chinese takeout. It’s the busiest night of the year for Chinese food, but oh so worth it!

February 14, 2013 04:30 AM
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Jacqueline said...

I will be spending Valentine’s Day with my very best Valentine – me!! I made some chocolates for me to eat and I will enjoy myself far better than any other year :) haha. i love mini. Will be making a cake tonight with my sister – may consider making mini pops for a party next week but not keen on the sore neck part :o ! Hope you feel better x

February 14, 2013 04:30 AM
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Christina said...

I will be spending Valentine’s Day with the love of my life. My husband of 14 years.

February 14, 2013 04:30 AM
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Suzanne said...

My husband is my valentine and we are going to spend an evening at home!! :)

February 14, 2013 04:30 AM
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Demi said...

I’m going to bake you red velvet heart shaped chocolate box for my mother. She is allways there for me and this was a good reason to finally try to make it.
Love your post and ideas.
Enjoy your valentines day.
Love from holland

February 14, 2013 04:30 AM
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Michelle said...

My Valentine is my bf of 3 years! We already celebrated with dinner and a movie !

February 14, 2013 04:31 AM
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Sri K. said...

My Valentine is my husband of 10 years. We combined our 10th anniversary (on Feb 12th) and V Day celebration with a mini vacation at a beach resort.

February 14, 2013 04:32 AM
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naff said...

work. sigh~~

February 14, 2013 04:32 AM
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Sara said...

Love the display idea!

February 14, 2013 04:33 AM
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Jet said...

Probably just received my one and only valentine’s present this year. My dear friend gave me petit- fours :)

February 14, 2013 04:33 AM
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Sophie said...

Unfortunately, no plans… :(
Love the pops!

February 14, 2013 04:34 AM
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Deia said...

Will be spending the evening at home with the hubby and our beautiful 6 year old daughter. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!

February 14, 2013 04:34 AM
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Kaylan said...

These are adorable!! My Valentine and I will be going out to dinner and watching a movie. A very cliche but fun date!

February 14, 2013 04:36 AM
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Tracy said...

Happy Valentine’s Day! My sweet day will begin at work. Then I will spend the evening at home with my four Valentines, my husband of fifteen years, and my three sweet children.

February 14, 2013 04:37 AM
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Paris said...

Hi, Bakerella!
My valentines are my three best friends and I made cake pops to take to school! We’re having a V-Day pow-wow at lunch! :)

February 14, 2013 04:37 AM
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Tamara said...

Hi Bakerella! Always have enjoyed your cake pops. I will be spending the evening with my precious husband of 39 years and playing games with our three children that are still at home. This is different than our usual Valentine’s as I have been very ill since Christmas, HOWEVER I have what matters with me-husband and children! Happy Valentines to you!

February 14, 2013 04:37 AM
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Amanda Renea said...

My Valentine is my husband and since I work today, we will celebrate by going out of town in a week and a half!

February 14, 2013 04:38 AM
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mabel said...

happy Valentine’s day!

February 14, 2013 04:39 AM
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Brooke said...

I have 3 Valentines! My husband, my 2 year old daughter and my unborn son!! For Valentines Day, we are seeing the Dr for a prenatal check up, then I’m cooking dinner for my wonderful family! We are also going to watch our favorite movie together, Tangled! I love quality family time! Happy Valentines Day!

February 14, 2013 04:39 AM
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Tiffany said...

My Valentine is my boyfriend of 4 and a half years. Our plans are bowling and a simple dinner<3 =]

February 14, 2013 04:42 AM
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Alia Jenkins said...

My valentines are the 3 guys in my life. My husband, my 6 year old son and my 2 year old son. Our plans- I’m making heart shaped scrambles eggs for breakfast, taking my heart shaped cake pops to my sons class, then coming home and make steak dinner for the family.

February 14, 2013 04:42 AM
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Anabel said...

Hi,

No special plans for Valentine’s day: I love my Valentines every day!!

February 14, 2013 04:43 AM
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kim said...

My Valentine’s are my two sons, ages 11 & 16. We will be watching the eldest @ a choral event early evening. Then stopping for dinner. Awesome pops-per usual!! ;)

February 14, 2013 04:43 AM
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FranCake said...

My Valentines are my two young children. We will spend the day making a Valentine meal, dessert and crafts! <3

February 14, 2013 04:44 AM
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angela said...

my girls (and my hubby) are my valentine and they want to make red velvet mini cupcakes for valentines.

February 14, 2013 04:44 AM
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Jessie Z said...

Hi Bakerella! Love the minis!!! Tonight I will be having dinner with my husband (valentine #1) and then mattress shopping. I also have 3 smaller valentines. 2 daughters and a baby boy <3

Happy Valentines Day!

February 14, 2013 04:44 AM
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T.D.S. Sterkenburg said...

Hello, unfortunatly I don’t have a valentine! But I’ll be cleaning my room (an the rest of the house) to make it ready for my Birthday party! Xoxo

February 14, 2013 04:45 AM
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Kristy E. said...

My Valentine is my amazing husband. We are one of the few who do not celebrate “v” day….we actually celebrate the day we became boyfriend & girlfriend 15 yrs ago this month. He is the love of my life (besides our two beautiful daughters). cute mini pops! Great idea….thanks for the awesome giveaway! Hope you have a nice V day :)

February 14, 2013 04:45 AM
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Sara H said...

My husband is my valentine! But this year he is out at sea working a cargo ship. :(
However, my children will keep me company! We’ll probably watch a movie after dinner and I got them each a little candy heart for their valentine gift.

February 14, 2013 04:46 AM
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Stef @ TooMuchToDoSoLittleTime.com/ said...

My hubby is my valentine. I made him a chocolate bar for Valentine’s Day.

February 14, 2013 04:46 AM
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Petrina said...

Hubby and I will celebrate our 19 valentines day by sharing a dinner of prawns with the children, then when they are in bed a tub of gourmet ice cream. Simple but full of love.

February 14, 2013 04:46 AM
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Alida said...

My valentine is my boyfriend Stian. He’s working today, but he’ll sleepover afterwards. While he’s at work I’ll bake for him!

February 14, 2013 04:47 AM
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Kathy P. said...

Happy Valentine’s Day! That is adorable!!! I think I will use your idea for my daughter’s bridal shower in her colors. Thank you so much sharing it with us!!!

February 14, 2013 04:48 AM
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Robynn Yoerger said...

My husband and I spent the evening at home, with our cat Chino, who spent the evening ‘loving’ each of us in turn.

February 14, 2013 04:48 AM
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Teresa o said...

My valentine is my husband of five years. Going out to lunch with our 3 month old while 2 year old is at daycare :) In the evening celebrating valentines at home with my all my loves.0

February 14, 2013 04:48 AM
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Kathy said...

I got the sweetest valentine from my 3 youngest nephews and niece…

February 14, 2013 04:51 AM
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whilehewasout said...

Aren’t these cute? 350 cakepops OMG. I’m making all my boyfriends all time favorite meals today – I know he’ll know how much love him :) Happy V-day everyone!

February 14, 2013 04:51 AM
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Sol said...

My Valentines are my husband and my three beautiful kids!

February 14, 2013 04:52 AM
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Denise O said...

My hubby is my Valentine…23 years now. Since he works swing shift, our Valentine meal will be lunch – Shrimp & artichoke tortellini with salad & garlic bread. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!! And his fav Red Velvet Bundt Cake for dessert.

February 14, 2013 04:54 AM
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Sarah said...

I will be spending Valentines day at the hospital with my daughter that was born yesterday! :). What a special and memorable treat this prize would also be! Happy Valentines day!

February 14, 2013 04:54 AM
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Chrissie said...

My valentine is my husband. We met when I was 15 and got married last December. We’ll have dinner at one of our favorite restaurants tonight.
I just LOVE the mini cake pops, they’re adorable.

February 14, 2013 04:54 AM
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chayo said...

Hi Bakerella! You rock

February 14, 2013 04:56 AM
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Francisca said...

Gonna have dinner with my family and my oldest daughter has made a ‘secret’ postcard she has so much fun making it :-)
Have a nice valentines day

February 14, 2013 04:56 AM
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Lindsay said...

This year I have an old valentine, my husband of five years, and a new one, my baby of five months.
We are all going out for dinner with friends for a group bash and my sneaky husband has planned something for me during the day that is a surprise.

Ps, love your pop-dots. Just adorable!

February 14, 2013 04:57 AM
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Sofia S. said...

Hello! :) Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope your day is filled with happiness and lots of love!

February 14, 2013 04:57 AM
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April Hunt said...

My sweetie is Jeremy. <3

February 14, 2013 04:58 AM
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Kristy E. said...

I have my husband and our two beautiful daughters. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
My husband and i actually don’t celebrate Valentines day we celebrate our anniversary that we became boyfriend and girlfriend 2/21/98. 15 amazing years! :)

February 14, 2013 04:59 AM
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Jess said...

Well I actually have three Valentine’s, my husband and our two wonderful little boys. We plan on just spending the day together at home.

February 14, 2013 04:59 AM
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Saskia said...

SO lovely the little pops I have to work so valentine has to wait till sunday.

February 14, 2013 04:59 AM
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Annie Castro said...

My valentine is my boyfriend and since he gave me his present about a month ago, I’ll take him to a concert tribute to his favorite singer :) Happy V day to you Bakerella!

February 14, 2013 04:59 AM
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sarah said...

Our seven year old son went into school this morning with a a beautifully decorated home made card and this poem for his best friend;

“Roses are red
Violets are blue
You are my best friend
And I am yours too. X”

I think I’ll be borrowing his words for a little note to my husband this evening.

February 14, 2013 04:59 AM
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Brenda Belcher said...

Spending the day with my hubby……

February 14, 2013 04:59 AM
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Joanie Moore said...

my husband is my valentine-and I have to work-so I’ll make a nice dinner Sunday.

February 14, 2013 05:00 AM
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antonia said...

Hi
My plan for today is to eat a cupcakes love and go to cinema.

February 14, 2013 05:00 AM
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Karey said...

My valentine is my wonderful husband. We don’t have any plans yet for valentine’s day but he did say he might bring me a coffee after work.

February 14, 2013 05:01 AM
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Annie said...

Happy Valentine’ s day! These are so flipping cute

February 14, 2013 05:01 AM
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Joan said...

I baked marbled red velvet cream cheese brownies and cut them w/ a heart shaped cookie cutter, and surprised my husband when he got home. your mini pops are so cute and always adorable.. Happy valentine’s day! <3

February 14, 2013 05:02 AM
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