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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Pattycake said...

My sweet hubby made a romantic candle lit dinne for two! Afterwards we went to a local wine bar for the Beatles themed “all you need is love” night. All in all, a wonderful way to spend the day!

February 15, 2013 07:51 PM
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Nannette said...

My valentines are my hubby and my two daughters (ages 2.5 and 2 months). We had a lunch date, baked cookies, and made valentines.

February 15, 2013 07:55 PM
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gina said...

hello!

February 15, 2013 07:55 PM
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Carol said...

My hubby is my valentine !

February 15, 2013 07:55 PM
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Janine said...

Great templates! Thanks for posting. The smaller pops are great for kids, too. :)

February 15, 2013 07:56 PM
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Carol said...

My valentine is my husband. For Valentine’s Day, we had Outback takeout & watched the 30 Rock series finale on our DVR. It was the best date!

February 15, 2013 07:57 PM
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Alisa said...

Hi! So adorable!

February 15, 2013 07:59 PM
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Chen said...

I spent Valentine’s day with family.

February 15, 2013 08:00 PM
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Katie said...

My husband is my valentine. We stayed home and had a nice dinner.

February 15, 2013 08:03 PM
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Willa Mcneill said...

Well, V day was spent on the road. 4 hours round trip to take my mom to a luncheon meeting and then to see her orthopedist about a her broken arm. Today (2/15) she turned 95. About 3 years ago we got her an iPad for her b’day and she is doing pretty darned well with it.

I think the minis are awesome. Have managed to get my fingers on one a time or two.

Love the itty bitty cake dots. And the layouts. Are you graphing a shamrock or pot of gold for St Paddy’s day?

February 15, 2013 08:06 PM
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Elizabeth Rowley said...

My valentine is always my sweet hubby and since our 5 year anniversary is this weekend, we combined the two and are going to a getaway for saturday night.

February 15, 2013 08:07 PM
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Danielle said...

My Valentine is my hubby :) I love this idea for cake pops!

February 15, 2013 08:08 PM
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Carla Rose said...

My valentines are my family and my wonderful boyfriend :)

February 15, 2013 08:09 PM
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Brenda said...

You always make it look so easy!! We spent Valentine’s Day webcam with the grandkids! After 29 years together we still plan a romantic Valentine dinner and he cooked this year!

February 15, 2013 08:10 PM
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Denette Harkins said...

I love my husband with all my heart! He is My Valentine and the love of my life! My two boys Daniel and Sam place second! I stayed home and took care of my sick son on Valentines day while my husband was traveling for work :(

February 15, 2013 08:10 PM
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Lorena said...

My husband and I went to the movies to watch “Warm Bodies.” After the movie we went to have a nice dinner at a local restaurant. We tried to stay close and do something simple since we have little children.

February 15, 2013 08:11 PM
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Katy P said...

My husband is my valentine and since we have two sick little ones- we ate take out at home!

February 15, 2013 08:11 PM
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Julie said...

Hi! Lots of love to you and your readers!! My valentines were my kids and husband. We spent the day hugging, laughing and at one point crying. Be grateful for what you have, appreciate the ones around you everyday, not just valentines day.

February 15, 2013 08:12 PM
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Chari said...

My husband made me dinner. Very sweet. :)

February 15, 2013 08:13 PM
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Dinah said...

Flying to Boulder, Co with my sweetie of 30 years!

February 15, 2013 08:14 PM
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Elizabeth Blaston said...

Love these mini cake pops! My Valentines are my husband and 5 beautiful children!

February 15, 2013 08:14 PM
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Sarah wichmer said...

Took my oldest to dance class and ended with a free redbox with the hubby!

February 15, 2013 08:16 PM
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Ashlie said...

My valentine is my husband who proposed to me 10 years ago on Valentine’s day. We will be spending Valentine’s at home with our 4 kids.

February 15, 2013 08:22 PM
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SimonTheTurtle said...

Love making cake pops! Did Little Teddybears with Red heart Bowties for my daughter’s preschool party yesterday. She is my valentine. Thanks for all the inspiration!!

February 15, 2013 08:23 PM
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Tara said...

My valentine was myself…or maybe my cat :)

February 15, 2013 08:23 PM
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Kelly said...

My valentine was my amazing boyfriend Josh. We had a romantic meal at home – simple and perfect :)

February 15, 2013 08:24 PM
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Chris E said...

These looks fabulous! I was just debating on what to do with all the scraps from another baking project involving red velvet cake (making Valentine’s treats for my boyfriend), and this is perfect. He had to work yesterday, so we will do something special this weekend. Thank you for the inspiration!

February 15, 2013 08:25 PM
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Elvi said...

Hi Angie. Love all of your creations. Always super cute.
Have a wonderful weekend ^_^

February 15, 2013 08:27 PM
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Mari said...

We had a Blast for valentines day! We work in Restaurants and Were Lucky enough to get the day off so we treated ourselves to dinner at a restaurant in nyc called Jungsik in nyc. It was great, if your in the city you must try it! Love your pops :)

February 15, 2013 08:29 PM
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Susan Eardley said...

My valentine for the night is my hubby and four boys. We plan on staying home and making heart pizzas.

February 15, 2013 08:29 PM
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Mari said...

My husband! He took me to a very nice dinner :)

February 15, 2013 08:30 PM
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Beka said...

I babysat my nephews so my sister could enjoy a night out with her hubby since mine is stationed in Afghanistan currently. Enjoyed a night filled with cupcakes and cartoons!

February 15, 2013 08:30 PM
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Sue said...

My Valentine’s Day was pretty much a non-event, which is sad, since it is also the anniversary of our engagement. Oh well. Hope I win the mini – that would make it memorable! Bake fella, you are great!

February 15, 2013 08:30 PM
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Claire said...

hiiiiiii

February 15, 2013 08:32 PM
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Kristie said...

My valentine was my fiancé! He’s my valentine every day of the year :) He surprised me with a dozen long stemmed beautiful red roses, chocolate truffles and took me out to dinner. We ate pasta and pizza outside while looking at the stars and talking about our future together!

Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

February 15, 2013 08:34 PM
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Meredith said...

My Valentine’s are my husband and daughter. We had a nice night in together!

February 15, 2013 08:38 PM
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Siobhan said...

My husband is my Valentine – we don’t plan anything, everyday is Valentine’s

February 15, 2013 08:38 PM
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Remi said...

My boyfriend/live in valentine stayed home and made chicken adobo and drank a grat bottle of wine at home. The perfect evening.

February 15, 2013 08:41 PM
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Steph said...

My Valentines Day was spent with my dog…at the Vet. Not the best way to spend V-day, or the cheapest, but at least she’s okay.

February 15, 2013 08:41 PM
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Monica said...

My Valentine is my husband of almost 12 years. He’s seriously the best thing that’s ever happened to me. We just spent time with our family for the night. It was perfect.

February 15, 2013 08:45 PM
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wendy said...

love your cake pops, every time I make them something go wrong

February 15, 2013 08:45 PM
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Savana said...

Horseback ride and then sit with my cat on the couch watching my Thursday night television lineup.

February 15, 2013 08:49 PM
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Rosanna said...

We had a Valentine’s Day pig-in at work, and I brought in red velvet cake balls!

February 15, 2013 08:51 PM
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Delia said...

My valentine is my boyfriend of 9 months, and we stayed in on Valentine’s day and made dinner together and watched movies!

February 15, 2013 08:51 PM
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Andrea said...

My Valentine’s would be my hubby and my four wonderful children. Just a quiet (not really) night at home with the family.

February 15, 2013 08:53 PM
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Claire said...

My valentine is my cat Roary! I love him soo much! <3 xoxo happy singles appreciation day! lol

February 15, 2013 08:55 PM
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Kellya said...

Hi bakerella,

I’d love to win a mini! It’s as cute as your mini cake pops!
Kelly

February 15, 2013 08:57 PM
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Sandra Denneler said...

I spent the day, delivering 450 heart-shaped balloons to all the kids and teachers in my son & daughter’s elementary school. Almost as much work as these mini cake pop displays….. which are sooooooo incredibly FABULOUS!

February 15, 2013 09:00 PM
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DJ Hebrard said...

Hello My valentines are my Doggies. I took them for a ride yesterday they love the cool wind in their fur lol Husband is out of town on work :(

February 15, 2013 09:00 PM
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Jubs said...

wow your display is gorgeous! I spent Valentine’s Day with family and dear friends! (:

February 15, 2013 09:01 PM
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daena cuevas said...

That is amazing I wish my cakepops would come out round they’re usually lumpy lol I made a special dinner for my honey and a cake he loved it

February 15, 2013 09:05 PM
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Pammie said...

My Valentine is my Dearest Sweet Chris. He is an amazing man and loves and supports my baking habit along with the gazillion of gadgets that go with it!!! I was surprised with 2 dozen roses at work!!!

February 15, 2013 09:05 PM
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Kathy said...

Didn’t do anything special for Valentine’s day but definitely enjoyed reading your post!

February 15, 2013 09:07 PM
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Abby said...

Those are so cute!!! I spent a couple days away with my boyfriend, it was wonderful!

February 15, 2013 09:09 PM
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Kate W said...

My valentine is my boyfriend of almost 13 years, and for Valentine’s Day we played a new board game we got.

February 15, 2013 09:11 PM
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Ben said...

I spend the evening with my beautiful wife and kids!

February 15, 2013 09:11 PM
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Jen H said...

My husband is my valentine, and we’ll be going for a couples massage this weekend!

February 15, 2013 09:12 PM
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Angela Dicken said...

It is my hubby…of 25 years :)

February 15, 2013 09:15 PM
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Connie Stites said...

celebrating VDay on Saturday so that we can relax, have some extra wine, & not worry about getting up early in the AM :)

February 15, 2013 09:17 PM
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Pauline said...

My valentine was my husband… we don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day, but he came home from work with a lovely heart-shaped cake for two… what was I to do? I mean, come on, cake! With dark chocolate and raspberries!
So we had ourselves a cosy and quiet evening, eating itty-bitty sandwiches bites and chocolate cake in front of the telly, all snuggled up under the duvet… and we watched “the haunted mansion”. Because we’re romantic that way.

February 15, 2013 09:18 PM
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Tamara said...

my valentine was my sweet sweet boyfriend who makes me feel like the luckest girl in the world !

February 15, 2013 09:19 PM
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Elizabeth Smith said...

My valentine is my sweet hubby of 14 years :)

February 15, 2013 09:20 PM
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sheilah said...

Hi. I am just making caramel, to test a recipe I found. Bakerella you are always just a clever person.

February 15, 2013 09:21 PM
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Amber said...

My boyfriend is my valentine!

February 15, 2013 09:24 PM
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katrin said...

We will go brunch on Sunday on Sunday with my Valentine.
I would love some cake pops to celebrate with as well : ).
Maybe I will have some time this weekend to make some.

February 15, 2013 09:25 PM
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Christina S said...

love this post, definitely something I have to bookmark for the future!

February 15, 2013 09:26 PM
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alma m said...

I celebrated with my husband and we stayed home and had some pizza and wine :)

February 15, 2013 09:28 PM
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Brittney said...

Hanging out with my mini-me! My 2 year old

February 15, 2013 09:32 PM
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Amber said...

We stayed in and ordered pizza…so romantic:) but that’s what you do with a three year old and an infant. We were thrilled with our decision.

February 15, 2013 09:34 PM
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Megan said...

Happy V Day! Love your website and love makings pops! My fiancé, April is my valentine! We are getting married in a month so we spent the evening opening some RSVP cards, shared a meal and of course had some sweet treats! Hope you had a great day!

February 15, 2013 09:35 PM
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Steven said...

Had a very quiet V-Day with my boo dinner and the TiVo. Wish I had the time and energy to do something like this. Oh well, maybe next year! LOL

February 15, 2013 09:35 PM
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Shari said...

My valentine is my husband. No big plans this year.

February 15, 2013 09:36 PM
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Melissa said...

My husband and 6-year-old son! Awesome day, and this is the best year ever. I hope it’s the same for you!

February 15, 2013 09:38 PM
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Alexis said...

My Valentine is my boyfriend Ryan, together since 2010. And I’m 17. This year Im making him a red velvet box of chocolates… Thanks to youu, Bakerella. :) I cannot wait to attempt this! Because I have school, I will celebrating myy Valentines tomorrow. Yesterday was more like, pre-valentines day for me. haha Preparing to bake the cake now :D

February 15, 2013 09:40 PM
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Patti T said...

My husband is my valentine and this is such a cute project!

February 15, 2013 09:41 PM
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Laurie said...

My valentines are my hubby and twin boys and my sweet baby that is due in May. We spent a quiet evening at home, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

February 15, 2013 09:43 PM
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Beth said...

My Valentines are my sweet husband and our little boy Henry. Date night is on Friday, instead of Thursday. :)

February 15, 2013 09:43 PM
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Sarah said...

My little sister agreed to be my valentine; we had cake.

February 15, 2013 09:44 PM
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Susan Lumbard said...

Love my valentine Michael. Married 33 years and he still makes me laugh everyday. What a gem! :)

February 15, 2013 09:46 PM
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Bethany said...

I CANNOT wait to make these!! They are adorable!!! I work with toddlers and I think they’d love to have them as a treat!

February 15, 2013 09:46 PM
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Wendy R said...

Had hoped to have a new kitten to be my valentine, but plans fell through. Now hoping for a birthday kitten in March!!

February 15, 2013 09:47 PM
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Min said...

My Valentine is my husband and kids.

February 15, 2013 09:48 PM
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Jennifer said...

My valentine is my husband and we are celebrating saturday night cause its easier to celebrate before or after because then you don’t have to fight the crowds.

February 15, 2013 09:51 PM
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Sarah C said...

My little sister asked to be my valentine this year; we had cake. :)

February 15, 2013 09:52 PM
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Jamie N. said...

My Valentine is my wonderful hubby, Tom :) My two adorable kiddos and two dogs deserve Valentine status as well!
Love the mini pops…so cute!

February 15, 2013 09:52 PM
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latoya abdur-rahim said...

hi bakerella………. YOU are sooooooooo awesome… i love all your cake pop designs. the use of the template is really cool.. i can’t wait to try it.
My honeybunny and i don’t usually do much , but i did make us a date night jar.. w/popsicle sticks (the sticks have different restaurants/@home dates and going out date ideas)
happy Love day/everyday!

February 15, 2013 09:53 PM
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Sandy said...

My valentine was my cat, Baxter!

February 15, 2013 09:53 PM
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Mary said...

My husband is/was my Valentine. With 3 small kids, we a special dinner together at home and that was about it..

February 15, 2013 09:56 PM
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Carlene said...

My valentine is my hubby of almost 18 years. We spent the day shopping together, eating, laughing, school party for our youngest and then we made dinner for our kiddos. Perfect day!

February 15, 2013 09:56 PM
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Katie said...

My sweet husband, Jon. We stayed in and grilled steaks!

February 15, 2013 09:56 PM
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Kelly said...

My Valentine’s Day was spent with friends enjoying a nice meal and some fresh homemade chocolate-covered strawberries.

February 15, 2013 09:57 PM
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Beth said...

My Valentines were my two babies. Tinkerbell and Togepi,both pomeranians, were pampered with Valentine treats from my local pet store (:

February 15, 2013 10:00 PM
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Ashley said...

Sooo cute!!! My valentines were my two precious girls, as well as my hubby. We went a little unconventional and had a movie and pizza night. :)

February 15, 2013 10:01 PM
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amySwdc said...

Indulged in chocolate covered strawberries with the family on the 14th, and my husband and I are going out for a nice dinner and a play on the 16th – the best of both worlds.

February 15, 2013 10:01 PM
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Tammy Barron said...

My husband of nearly 19 years fixed me a wonderful chicken dinner. I gave him my usual two cards, one funny and one serious. Thanks for all you inspiring work on the Bakerella web site.

February 15, 2013 10:03 PM
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Jan said...

Spent Valentine’s Day with the sweetest 6 year old grandson! He gives the best hugs ever!

February 15, 2013 10:04 PM
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Kristin said...

My 4 yr od daughter who is beyond excited about valentines day.

February 15, 2013 10:05 PM
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Ashley said...

Sooo cute!!! My valentines were my two precious girls, and my hubby of course. We went a little unconventional with a movie and pizza night. :)

February 15, 2013 10:05 PM
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Victoria S said...

hi :)

February 15, 2013 10:06 PM
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Jamie Kline said...

My valentine’s were my husband and son. I went to my son’s preschool and had a nice tea party with him and his classmates. My husband works night shift, so we didn’t really see each other on Valentine’s day.

February 15, 2013 10:07 PM
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