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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Emily said...

Hi Bakerella!
My Valentine’s was my dad and I made red velvet cupcakes from scratch for my whole family :) They were so moist and delicious!

February 15, 2013 03:54 PM
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Natasha said...

I love miniature versions of food so these are just too stinkin cute!
I spent valentines day with my husband…it was our first as a married couple and we went to our favorite restaurant for dinner. Not very original, but we don’t make a big deal about vaneltines day

February 15, 2013 03:54 PM
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Delia said...

I had a galentine’s with some of my close girlfriends while celebrating one of their birthdays. :)

February 15, 2013 03:56 PM
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Lynn ET said...

My kids and hubby were my Valentines. A school night, so we just stayed home.

February 15, 2013 03:56 PM
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fiona chin said...

You should make a giant cake pop. Perhaps a cupcake in a cake pop.

February 15, 2013 03:57 PM
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Catherine said...

My girlfriends and I celebrated Galentine’s day – romcoms, wine, and chocolate! So much fun :)

February 15, 2013 04:00 PM
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Adriana said...

My valentine was my boyfriend of almost three years, and we had a romantic dinner in my backyard by the fireplace!

February 15, 2013 04:01 PM
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Nadya said...

Grandma and I began our Valentine celebration by taking our three little Valentines to our local cupcakery for sweet treats! Then daddy joined the family for pizza and a movie night :)

February 15, 2013 04:02 PM
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Kira said...

Hello!

February 15, 2013 04:05 PM
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Martha said...

I didn’t have any plans, but when I got home from work there was steak ready and waiting! My valentine is my fiance, but he’s just a close second to my kitty.

February 15, 2013 04:05 PM
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Cricket said...

I have 2 Valentines…my husband of 17 years and my sweet daughter who is 9 years old. They are my whole reason for being and I keep them closest to my heart. <3

February 15, 2013 04:05 PM
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Stephanie said...

I have two Valentine’s – my husband of 5 years and our little baby girl, Lily who is almost 4 months old. We spent a quiet night at home :).

February 15, 2013 04:05 PM
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Shalini said...

Those mini cake pops are so cute!!!! Cake pop genius!

February 15, 2013 04:06 PM
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Pam said...

My Valentine’s plans…I stayed in and enjoyed the frosted sugar cookies I’d made the day before (I also shared some with a neighboor as a thank you for watching my pooch.) :-) Some simple downtime can be so wonderful.

February 15, 2013 04:08 PM
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Kelli said...

My valentine is my husband and we were home with sick kids on V day. If I win this, I will be gifting it to my parents so we can Face Time with them!

February 15, 2013 04:09 PM
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Mandi said...

My valentines are my husband, daughter and baby girl #2 due any day!! :) Dinner and a movie in are about as much as I can do these days. Hope your Vday was lovely!

February 15, 2013 04:09 PM
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Kelly Ann said...

My valentine, or should I say Valentines were my kids. I spent the afternoon at the Hockey rink with my 17 and 5 year old watching my 17 years old high school team play. they won 4-1, she scored a hat trick Yeah, and then it was practice later that night for her travel team. Not to mention, waking up on the 15th at 4:00 a.m. to take her to practice, yet again for the high school.

I am thinking this would be a great idea to do and make it look like a hockey rink for her team. The white pops for ice, and then the blue lines, and red face off circles.

February 15, 2013 04:09 PM
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Pea said...

Hi! No Valentine :( Spent the day working late. Boo.

February 15, 2013 04:11 PM
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Lucie said...

My boyfriend is currently abroad, so sadly I spent Valentine’s day by myself! :(

February 15, 2013 04:11 PM
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Leanna said...

I had an evening class and then came home and had dinner with my family. It was a great evening.

February 15, 2013 04:11 PM
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Carrie Waggs said...

Since my husband is out of town, my valentine was my dog, McFly, and we had pork tacos for dinner.

February 15, 2013 04:14 PM
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Ilana said...

These are too adorable! My valentines day was spent with a whole bunch of friends at the local bar :-) Couldn’t think of a better way to spend it!

February 15, 2013 04:17 PM
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Lolybel Negrin said...

I love your mini cake pops, they are so cute, and it seems so yummi too. I want a mini Ipad.;)

February 15, 2013 04:17 PM
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Belair said...

Spent V’day with loved ones <3

February 15, 2013 04:18 PM
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Stacy H. said...

My Valentines were my husband and kids. We didn’t have plans, but I ended up cooking dinner and going to bed early. :(

February 15, 2013 04:18 PM
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Jubilee said...

My Valentine was my good friend (: I spent Valentine’s day with my lovely family, and we appreciated each other…not much, but it was a good day.

February 15, 2013 04:19 PM
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Patty said...

My Valentine’s were my awesome husbandand my two sweet kids and we had tons of fun eating lots of chocolate! Love your mini cake pops….so cute!

February 15, 2013 04:26 PM
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Kristi B said...

My Valentines are my husband & son. My husband had to work late so we went around town delivering mustaches on a stick to friends.

February 15, 2013 04:27 PM
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Amy M said...

My husband and I had dinner at home. Peaceful and non-stressful.

February 15, 2013 04:28 PM
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Lyndsay said...

Spent valentines day in the hospital. Thought we’d come home with a baby, but not time yet. Still had a nice day with my hubby.

February 15, 2013 04:31 PM
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Hakanai said...

Valentines Day was spent with my adorable boyfriend… I made sugar cookies (hearts of course) for dessert and we went out for sushi! <3

February 15, 2013 04:31 PM
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Ashley said...

yo! my mr. valentine was my kitty cat! King arthur whitefoot valentine:) yes my last name is valentine:) our plans icluded cuddling petting and purring:) gosh i love valentines day except when people think they are so witty when they say “VALENTINE! today is your day!” i have heard that ever since first grade:P

February 15, 2013 04:32 PM
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Elise said...

My valentines are my friends! We all went out to dinner.

February 15, 2013 04:32 PM
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Michele C said...

I celebrated Valentine’s with the little loves of my life…my kids! We have a tradition of yarn mazes for each of them with a treat at the end. It twists and turns throughout our house over three levels, even outside. Valentine’s is our favorite holiday!

February 15, 2013 04:34 PM
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Cynthia said...

Valentine’s day was a blast. We are a family of 7, so I made plenty of pink rose strawberry cake pops along with chocolate covered strawberries! We also treated ourselves to the best burger joint in Dallas, Twisted Root Burger (one of Guy Fieri’s Diner Drive-ins & stops) YUM!

February 15, 2013 04:34 PM
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Dava said...

My valentine is my wonderful husband. We spent the evening enjoying a typical family dinner with our two young children, and it was great!

February 15, 2013 04:36 PM
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Cassandra said...

We had an early dinner with our son, then a quiet evening at home!

February 15, 2013 04:37 PM
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Lori said...

I have three valentine’s…..John, Maci and Mia (my M&M’s). Unfortunately, I worked all day and then had to go straight to my part-time job so I didn’t get to spend Valentine’s with my valentine’s. :( Winning a mini i-pad would cheer us up!!! :) he, he

February 15, 2013 04:37 PM
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Brenda said...

Sweet! Date night with my hubby one day late! <3

February 15, 2013 04:38 PM
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Carrie Herzog said...

I love this website! Researching how to make Cake Pops. I have also tried other frosting recipes, etc.

For Valentine’s Day, we went to dinner and watched the new movie the critics didn’t like, Safe Haven… Whenever the critics don’t like it, it’s usually a good movie – which I thought it was!!

February 15, 2013 04:42 PM
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Melissa F said...

We always do pizza at home, better than the crowded restaurants.

February 15, 2013 04:43 PM
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Hillary said...

My Valentines are my husband and 2 year old son. I got jewelry from one and a very sweet and silly dance from the other.

February 15, 2013 04:44 PM
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Kaitlin said...

My Valentine was my wonderful boyfriend. He had planned to make me a romantic dinner, but fell asleep after classes and didn’t wake up until I called at 6. We ended up munching on red wine poached pears I made, but without their mousse, as we were too impatient for it, then we went to bed early. It was such a perfect night!

February 15, 2013 04:44 PM
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Julie said...

Hi!!! No plans, hubby is working & I’m hanging out with my babies.

February 15, 2013 04:45 PM
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Marcie said...

My Valentine was a large bowl of vanilla ice cream topped with cheap tasting strawberry sauce and lots of pink sprinkles! <3

February 15, 2013 04:47 PM
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Nicole said...

Eat lots of chocolate!! :)

February 15, 2013 04:48 PM
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Chi said...

My valentine is my fiance <3
These littles are too cuteeee

February 15, 2013 04:49 PM
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Susan said...

My valentines are my husband and my two kids! We had a nice dinner, some great desserts and just a fun day together!

February 15, 2013 04:49 PM
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amy said...

hi!

February 15, 2013 04:52 PM
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Jennifer said...

My Valentine is my sweet boyfriend. He made a pasta dinner and I supplied the sweets!

February 15, 2013 04:53 PM
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Danielle B. said...

My Valentine was my fiance. We just got engaged two weeks ago and spent Valentine’s day at his house where he cooked me my favorite meal!

February 15, 2013 04:53 PM
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Reem D said...

Hi Bakerella! I spent Valentines with my family, and since I was in mega baking mood, I made them cheescake and mini cakes :)

February 15, 2013 04:53 PM
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Tanya said...

My Valentine is my husband and to celebrate he made me chocolate covered strawberries and is taking me out for breakfast. My favorite meal!

February 15, 2013 04:59 PM
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Elizabeth said...

My husband and I celebrated February 12 with a progressive dinner around town. We hit four of our favorite restaurants and got our favorite dish at each.

February 15, 2013 05:01 PM
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Alyson said...

Happy Valentines! The Loves of my life are my hubby and 3 kiddos!! love them, spent a quite evening at home with them. Made hear shaped rice crispy treats for their friends.

February 15, 2013 05:01 PM
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Amy said...

My valentine is my husband, and we cooked a great meal together to celebrate the day.

February 15, 2013 05:02 PM
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Juana Quinn said...

I spend the day baking and decorating cookies with my kids. Then I made a nice dinner for the family and we spent the evening watching a movie and eating chocolate!

February 15, 2013 05:04 PM
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Amy in CO said...

My two great kids and my husband are my valentines!

February 15, 2013 05:05 PM
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Esther A said...

i have no valentine :( but i love your website and that makes having no valentine okay. who needs valentines when you’ve got cake pops?!!

February 15, 2013 05:06 PM
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Rebecca said...

this pop display is so cute! I can think of so many different applications for it for all different celebrations!

February 15, 2013 05:07 PM
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Mimosa said...

My Valentine was lovely spending quiet time with my husband and daughter, enjoyed a home cooked meal.

February 15, 2013 05:08 PM
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Amanda Lee said...

My valentines were my niece and nephew! I agreed to baby-sit so my sister could spend the evening with her fiance. We watched The Aristocats and snuggled, and it was the best V-Day I’ve ever had. :)

February 15, 2013 05:11 PM
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Lindsey said...

My Valentines are my hubby and 1 year old. Tonight we’re going out on a date night – first time since our daughter was born!

February 15, 2013 05:12 PM
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yasee said...

HI!

February 15, 2013 05:14 PM
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Jubilee C. said...

I spent Valentine’s day with my family and friends! Had chocolate, of course (;

February 15, 2013 05:14 PM
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Charise said...

I love all the mini-ness going on! :D I spent Valentine’s day with my best friends! <3

February 15, 2013 05:17 PM
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Justyna said...

My Valentine is my dearest boyfriend, Michal :). We had homemade pizza and Hungarian ice wine. Greetings from Wroclaw, Poland :)

February 15, 2013 05:18 PM
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Susan Christy said...

I stayed home and ate chocolate and watched Magic Mike. No Sweetie for me this year!

February 15, 2013 05:21 PM
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nicole kaplan said...

i had two sweet little boys as my valentines this year. went on a field trip with one and shared some fudgy-licous valentines cookies for lunch.

February 15, 2013 05:21 PM
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Corrine said...

My valentines were my 7 and 4 month old nephews and 3 year old niece! I went over in the afternoon and we baked and decorated heart shaped cookies and I let them eat their valentines day candy!

February 15, 2013 05:22 PM
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Lauren said...

Me and my sister made cake pops and cupcakes. :)

February 15, 2013 05:22 PM
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Ldydy said...

Valentine’s is busy,busy,busy around here! The busiest of holidays for sure… I always get worried that I will leave someone out so lists, lists, lists…a mini would be perfect for that! LOL

February 15, 2013 05:23 PM
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Agata said...

Wow!!! So cute! I spent valentines with my husband and our 3 wonderful kids.

February 15, 2013 05:23 PM
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Adu said...

No valentine this year, so all by my own, and just saying Hi.. :)

February 15, 2013 05:25 PM
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Agata said...

Wow!!! So cute! I spent valentines with my husband and 3 kids.

February 15, 2013 05:26 PM
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Nancy said...

My Valentine is my husband of 9 years. He refuses to go out without our 18 months old daughter… and she makes a mess every time we go out to eat. So we ended up having a nice seafood dinner at home :)

February 15, 2013 05:26 PM
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Patricia said...

Helped at the kids school on Valentine’s. Have a love/hate relationship with those school parties, but always happy to be there during the party when the kids are having a blast.

Made sugar cookie dough the night before, so after dinner on Valentine’s, we baked cookies for dessert. Best we could do on a school night, but we had a really good time as a family.

February 15, 2013 05:27 PM
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Kristen T. said...

I’m spending the day of love with my two loves…my husband and little girl!! xoxoxo

February 15, 2013 05:27 PM
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Jana said...

I don’t have a Valentine – so no presents or going out for me. I’d love an Ipad to make up for it! :)

February 15, 2013 05:27 PM
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Fely said...

My Valentine’s day was spent with my family and church friends. So glad to have so many great people around! (:

February 15, 2013 05:28 PM
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Hawley said...

My Valentine was my best friend : Harry. We spent the day together, making cakepops- we sort of failed! haha , we went to a lovely buffet restaurant and to end the day watched a movie over at my house! Happy Valentines Day and Happy Baking! :D

February 15, 2013 05:29 PM
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Jill said...

L.O.V.E. the Love design! I, sadly, had no valentine this year…except for a try of brownies all for me! :) An ipad mini would be crazy good love!

February 15, 2013 05:30 PM
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Natasha K said...

Hi! My valentine is my hubs and we spent valentine making to rice krispy treats for our nieces and nephews :) i love your blog!

February 15, 2013 05:30 PM
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Jaana said...

My valentine was the only boy I got a kiss from yesterday… my six month old nephew. :)

February 15, 2013 05:31 PM
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Laura said...

My Valentines were my husband and my 14 month old daughter!

February 15, 2013 05:31 PM
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Agata said...

I love your cake pops!

February 15, 2013 05:32 PM
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hira said...

this is tooo cute! don’t have a valentine but i think i will try something like this for my parents anniversary!

love from up north!
xx

February 15, 2013 05:32 PM
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Laura Ruesch said...

My valentine is my boyfriend chip :) we enjoyed a nice relaxing dinner and exchanged gifts. It was nice and simple

February 15, 2013 05:33 PM
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Kendra K. said...

Hey Bakerella!! :)
My plans were to go skiing for the evening!
I had a BLAST!!

February 15, 2013 05:36 PM
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Elettra said...

Hi! My Valentine’s day was very cute: I had put gifts under the Christmas tree (uhm…Valentine’s tree…) and I had cooked a great italian dinner (riso al salto). I love Manuel sooooooo much.

February 15, 2013 05:36 PM
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Amy B said...

I had 2 Valentines this year. My sweet hubby and my beautiful baby girl, Chloe. We had a quiet evening at home. In N Out for dinner while we watched Sprout. Very different from Valentine Dinners of the past, but still wonderful!

February 15, 2013 05:37 PM
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Stephanie said...

My valentine is my husband and my two beautiful red-headed daughters. Love them all so much.

February 15, 2013 05:38 PM
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Dana said...

My Valentine is my twin girls and “My Love”, no plans we had dinner and the girls had piano lessons and karate and that was it.

February 15, 2013 05:38 PM
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Becky said...

my valentine is still my hubby! we had dinner and a movie at home. Relaxing! Thanks for the chance to win. This a a real cute post!

February 15, 2013 05:40 PM
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Alejandra Mo. said...

My Valentine is Ramon my lovely husband. We had dinner at home.

February 15, 2013 05:41 PM
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Sue said...

My Valentine is my hubby and we went to The Daily Show.

February 15, 2013 05:41 PM
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E Dub said...

Spent the evening with the family at my niece & nephew’s 2nd birthday party!!
Lots of love & fun!!

February 15, 2013 05:42 PM
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Snigdha said...

Oh my! Too cute!!! LOVE the display, how do you come up with such creative ideas!!!!

February 15, 2013 05:43 PM
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Lindsey said...

I had a “drive-by” valentine and I smiled just as big! My boyfriend has a 13 hour work day and a slow ride home. He pulled in my driveway with roses and daisies because he didn’t want me to forget that he loves me. I stole an extra kiss from him and he went home to sleep. It was better than any crowded restaurant.

February 15, 2013 05:43 PM
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Nancy said...

My valentine is my family, and that’s how we’re celebrating by hanging out together and having a special meal- nothing fancy!

February 15, 2013 05:45 PM
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