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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christy montsnero said...

First beautiful art n I would have given up but u answered all my questions as u explained so thank U ..I will give it a try! Bad Valentine’s for me ..spent on crutches, drs , n getting a mri at ten at night on a MCL tear But I got all my Valentine Cake Pops out! Hope yours was better! Thanks for all the inspiration! Muah!

February 15, 2013 10:11 PM
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Danielle E said...

My Valentine had to go out of town for a few days. I’m going to have a super sweet surprise for him when he gets back.

February 15, 2013 10:13 PM
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Ginger said...

My valentines are my hbby and 5 little ones! we stayed close to home un til around 3:00 then wen to the YMCA for a fun craft/activity time!

February 15, 2013 10:16 PM
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Janice said...

Cake dots! Gotta love it. I’ve had the same Valentine for 37 years, and plan to keep him for the next 37. After that … well, we’ll see.

February 15, 2013 10:17 PM
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Windsor said...

My husband! He “broke” into my car while I was at work and let me roses.

February 15, 2013 10:17 PM
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Jenny J. said...

Unfortunately, my husband and I don’t get to do much to enjoy the holiday as he works crazy hours during the tax busy season. However, he did surprise me with flowers and we’re heading out to eat this weekend.

February 15, 2013 10:19 PM
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Kayla G. said...

My wonderful hubby Michael. We stayed home and enjoyed eachothers company. :)

February 15, 2013 10:21 PM
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Jubilee said...

Just wanted to pop by and say I love what you do! Your website is perfect, and everything you make looks SO delicious :D

February 15, 2013 10:22 PM
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Ashley Day said...

My valentines was my best friend and companion, my dog. We enjoyed our day with a long walk outside in the beautiful sunshine and fresh air!!!

February 15, 2013 10:22 PM
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Lila said...

Happy Valentines day!! I spent valentines night on a date with Ben and Jerry’s and my date was my cat :))

February 15, 2013 10:24 PM
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Lindsay said...

My Valentine is my Husband. We stayed in, and he made me dinner.

February 15, 2013 10:24 PM
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Andrea said...

i don’t have a valentine :( but i love cake :)

February 15, 2013 10:25 PM
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Ashley Day said...

Spent the day with my dog

February 15, 2013 10:25 PM
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le said...

I couldnt spend valentine day with my boyfriend but we skyped! Whatever makes the distance less daunting.

February 15, 2013 10:28 PM
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Emily P said...

My valentine is my grandpa! He taught me how to make apple pie and we bake it every time we get together. I always think of him when I bake!

February 15, 2013 10:33 PM
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Betty said...

My Valentine is my guy of 15 years!
We spent it the cliche way with chocolate, roses, strawberries, and dinner. It was lovely!

February 15, 2013 10:33 PM
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mary said...

I made heart shaped brownies for my sweetie!

February 15, 2013 10:34 PM
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Court said...

Three valentines…my husband, 4 1/2 year old daughter, and 2 year old son :)

February 15, 2013 10:39 PM
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Toni I said...

Had a great day with my Daughters 3rd grade class…(egg allergy in her class stopped me from making cake pops) I brought orange push ups!! Spent the rest of the day with My Family…..Love Love Love…

February 15, 2013 10:40 PM
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Jackie H said...

I have three special valentines: my husband, my son and my daughter <3 I am so lucky!

February 15, 2013 10:40 PM
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Ginger said...

Hi! My valentine is my sweet 5-yr-old boy! We shared chocolate kisses. : )

February 15, 2013 10:41 PM
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TiAnn F. said...

We stayed home with sick kids. We’ll try again next week!

February 15, 2013 10:42 PM
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Liza said...

My valentine is with my BF Judy ,ARianne n our 4 furry friends.

February 15, 2013 10:42 PM
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Cheri C said...

My valentine’s are Cosmo AND Cooper!!!

February 15, 2013 10:43 PM
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Katie said...

My wonderful husband is my valentine. We enjoyed heart shaped pizza with our two boys for Valentine’s day.

February 15, 2013 10:43 PM
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Delvene said...

My Valentine was my 5yo boy. We spent the evening at home watching the movie ‘Up’. I love the mini cake pops- too cute!

February 15, 2013 10:43 PM
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Cari said...

I didn’t have a valentine this year. I’m a second grade teacher though so my class had a Valentine’s Day party, and we exchanged candy and cards :-)

February 15, 2013 10:44 PM
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Amie Gibson said...

My husband and I spent our first Valentine’s Day together as a married couple, plus it was out three year dating anniversary! Sadly, we spent our day in the hospital with my father. I didn’t need balloons or flowers to know my husband loves me; All I needed was him by my side during such a difficult time. When we snuck away for a few hours he rubbed my feet while I took a nap. He’s the perfect husband!

February 15, 2013 10:47 PM
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LB said...

I totally want to see pics of people doing this! AMAZING!!!

My valentine is my husband :) We just ordered take out with Crumbs cupcakes, nothing special.

February 15, 2013 10:49 PM
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Julie Perry said...

These are adorable! My husband Mark and daughter Rosemary are my Valentines! We were out shopping with my daughter for her 9th birthday today and saw a shirt that says ‘My Mommy makes the BEST Cupcakes’. My daughter said….if only it said cakepops…. We LOVE your site! THANKS for the inspiration!!!

February 15, 2013 10:53 PM
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Sherry W said...

My valentine is my hubby and since it’s so hard to get away on the actual day we met up for lunch the day before while the kids were at school! It was lovely. :)

February 15, 2013 10:59 PM
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Bruna Mumare said...

My valentine is my fiance, and he will spend the day work…night shift…but some cake pops will save the day =)

February 15, 2013 10:59 PM
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Rachel Tucci said...

My valentine is my hubby of 7 years. :) We were jr high sweet hearts and then found one another high school and were married at 18 :) So glad we have eachother!

February 15, 2013 10:59 PM
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Lori said...

I spent my valentine evening with my husband. We had dinner out and just spent the evening chillin and having some peace and quiet.

February 15, 2013 11:00 PM
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Barb B said...

My Valentine is my sweet husband. And my beautiful baby boy!

February 15, 2013 11:01 PM
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Brandon B said...

My sweet baby.

February 15, 2013 11:03 PM
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Heather said...

My valentine is my husband Mauricio and we had a nice dinner at home with our three small children.

February 15, 2013 11:03 PM
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Alicia said...

My valentines are my husband and our kids we both had to work. I work days and he works night so we will really celebrate the weekend.

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

My valentine is named Heather and we ate out to celebrate.

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

My valentine and I went to our favorite restaurant for dinner. I made giant peanut butter cookies with red and white sprinkles to give to my lovies. Thanks for so many wonderful ideas, Bakerella! XO

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

Hi! I spent Valentine’s day working at the Neonatal ICU. My big plans for the evening were to call my family and then to go to sleep! Eventually I’ll get a day off and will bake!

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

Since my husband was working 4th shift, this year, my two darling daughters filled the opening! We curled up on the couch, ate entirely too much candy, and watched Cool Runnings, together. It was perfect!

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

I’ll be at work, but baked a red velvet cake for my son
and husband to enjoy! :)

February 15, 2013 11:10 PM
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Kathy said...

My husband proposed to me on Valentines weekend three years ago. That night every restaurant was so crowded that we ordered in pizza and salad for dinner to celebrate. Since then, this has been our tradition. This year instead of ordering our, we stayed home, made our own pizza and salad and watched a movie. Best time ever. Loved the mini cake pops. Will have to add that as our desert next year.

February 15, 2013 11:14 PM
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Alicia said...

My Valentines are my husband and our 2 kids. We both had to work I work days and he works night so we will really celebrate it this weekend.

February 15, 2013 11:14 PM
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Rachel Clarke said...

My valentine was my husband. I made him breakfast in bed before work and our kids gave him chocolates. He got home late from work so we didn’t have a romantic dinner. The kids and I ate hot dogs but we made chocolate covered strawberries for daddy for when he got home.

February 15, 2013 11:15 PM
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Tammy Hasara said...

My Valentine is my family and that includes my dog! Beautiful work that you do! Best wishes!

February 15, 2013 11:15 PM
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Kate said...

My valentine was my friend. We bought each other a cupcake (her’s was red velvet with cream cheese frosting, and mine was vanilla with chocolate frosting). Yum!

February 15, 2013 11:16 PM
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Johanna said...

Love it! You are so talented! I made cake pops for my 9 y/o sons teachers per his request. “Cause they are so yummy, mom!”

February 15, 2013 11:17 PM
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pinkslppr said...

My Valentine is actually my ValenTINES. All my kids! I love them SO much! On Valentine’s Day we really didn’t do anything special because I recently opened my own cake shop and I work too late. But I did bring home treats for everyone!

February 15, 2013 11:21 PM
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Maria Oliveira said...

hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

February 15, 2013 11:24 PM
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Carrie said...

My valentine this year is my sweet first grade class! We spent Valentine’s Day passing out cards, learning about the meaning behind the holiday, eating cupcakes, cookies, candy…well you get the picture. Nothing much happened after that except a LONG recess! I went home exhausted & feeling really loved with 6 boxes of chocolates & plenty of cute cards.

February 15, 2013 11:25 PM
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Diana said...

Happy Valentines Day! :)

February 15, 2013 11:32 PM
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Sandy said...

I love this! They totally remind me of Mother’s Circus Animal Cookies. Too cute!

February 15, 2013 11:36 PM
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Juliann said...

We had a sweet candlelit dinner with the kids at home. We made chocolate covered strawberries and copycat Red Lobster coconut shrimp. We had a blast!

February 15, 2013 11:37 PM
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Heather said...

I have 5 Valentines: My husband, 4 year old son, 2 year old daughter (who declares that she is her Daddy’s Valentine and not mine), 8 week old daughter, and 9 year old puppy.

February 15, 2013 11:38 PM
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Maddie said...

My valentine is Gregory Peck, and my Valentines plans were to watch Roman Holiday…

February 15, 2013 11:39 PM
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Jennifer Garnick said...

Our Valentine;s Day consisted of dinner and TV with the kids, with cheesy cards and some chocolate.

February 15, 2013 11:39 PM
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Evelyn pintor said...

Hi!
My hubby is my valentine!
Thanks for the chance to win!

February 15, 2013 11:41 PM
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Elizabeth said...

I have 3 little boys. They are my Valentines. I spent the day helping out in each if their classrooms during their Valentine’s parties., After school I had cupcakes ready for them to enjoy and gave each of them a new book. Then they, and my husband, surprised me with a few pairs of my favorite socks. :-) I was a happy mom.

February 15, 2013 11:41 PM
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Chris said...

My Valentine was my husband. We rented a movie, ordered Thai food and got a bottle of nice wine. It was perfect.

February 15, 2013 11:42 PM
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Evelyn Pintor said...

Hi! Happy valentines day!
Evelyn

February 15, 2013 11:44 PM
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Summer A. said...

Hi!

February 15, 2013 11:47 PM
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tane said...

I made chocolate chip cookies for my son. The thin crunchy type, with mini chips. Left a note in his lunch box too.

February 15, 2013 11:50 PM
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Dawn said...

These aren’t cool! Hope you had a wonderful valentine’s. My valentine’s was my hubby but we spent it with family celebrating my niece’s 13th birthday. Its always great to be surrounded by family!

February 15, 2013 11:52 PM
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Dawn said...

It was supposed to say…These ARE cool!!! Not aren’t. Sorry!!!!

February 15, 2013 11:53 PM
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Sara said...

I celebrated with some hazelnut dark chocolate and a sweet little stuffed animal leopard from my valentine:)
I always look forward to your valentines posts because they are always so fantastic.

February 15, 2013 11:55 PM
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Melissa Kennedy said...

I have three valentines this year, my wonderful husband of nearly 16 years, my six year old daughter, and my nearly-four year old son. It is truly about all kinds of love for me.

February 15, 2013 11:56 PM
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Anna said...

My husband spoiled me with chocolates and roses, and my daughters drew me the cutest valentines pictures ever. It was the perfect day. Happy valentine’s day, Bakerella! Fun giveaway. Thanks.

February 15, 2013 11:57 PM
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Gracie Reschman said...

Your mini Valentine’s are adorably cute! <3
My valentine is my husband and we plan to celebrate Valentines's Day this Saturday, on my daughter Vivienne's 15th birthday.

February 16, 2013 12:04 AM
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Jeannette said...

My valentines were my husband and kids. We spent the day watching movies and doing crafts :)

February 16, 2013 12:06 AM
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SuzieO said...

I love the mini cake pops. Valentines day evenng was spent at conferences for my high school son. Then I got home, made steaks mashed potatoes and green beans for my hubby and two boys with brownies for dessert. We enjoyed a quiet night at home together.

February 16, 2013 12:08 AM
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Remy Lawrence said...

My valentine is my fiance, Max. Next Valentine’s Day we will be newlyweds!

February 16, 2013 12:11 AM
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Elisa said...

I just love the mini pops!! I’m going to try this out for St Patrick’s Day. Maybe make 4-leaf clovers! :) Anyway, my Valentine is my husband of 6 years, and my two daughters, 4 and 10 months. Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 16, 2013 12:14 AM
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Kristin said...

MY Valentine was my husband. =) I work days and he works nights so we didnt really get to spend it together to celebrate but we did surrise eachother with cards And of course his was much better than mine- it was PERFECT! We intend on celebrating this weekend, but we’ll probably just wing it or just end up vegging on the couch with the 2 year old and the pups

February 16, 2013 12:15 AM
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redheadwriter said...

My loving, supportive, funny, nerdy, manly husband.

February 16, 2013 12:17 AM
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Bella said...

How cute!!! My valentine is my hubby and my little baby girl, it’s her first V-Day! :-)

February 16, 2013 12:19 AM
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Stella said...

Happy Valentines Bakerella! So this year I had the perfect solution for this day. Thanks to the Movie world and their great idea of premiering several Great movies on the 14th. We started by have an early light dinner. Then packed up my Gift of Chocolates from they hubby and we went off to the movies. First we saw Die Hard (my gift to him) and then saw Beautiful Creatures (my gift to me). And of course we had to have some buttered popcorn, but it was so much better when we mixed it up with the valentines chocolates!!
It was the best Valentines Day I’d had in ages.

February 16, 2013 12:22 AM
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Shiori said...

Spent it eating cookies and watching t.v. Yes I live a thrilling lifestyle!

PS: Absolutely love your blog! Always stop by to check out what new goodies you’ve got in store :)

February 16, 2013 12:23 AM
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Brittany Panetta said...

My Valentine is my boyfriend of six years. We weren’t able to spend Valentine’s Day together, but I sent him a love firework via text using emoticons and when I got home from work he had used yarn to leave a heart with our initials on the kitchen table and changed the background of my computer to a Valentine’s message!

February 16, 2013 12:23 AM
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Sarah Case said...

I had a sweet overnight getaway with the hubs, while the baby was at Grandma’s!

February 16, 2013 12:27 AM
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Becky said...

My Valentine is my dear husband!

February 16, 2013 12:28 AM
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Jules said...

Valentine’s Day is my most favorite holiday (I say that because every holiday is my favorite). My Valentine is my boyfriend. He is the best thing that ever happened to me and I grateful every day for his love. If I got the iPad mini, I would share it with him since his computer was recently stolen and he is working on his Master’s doing a lot with digital media. Of course, I might use it from time to time in the kitchen for Pandora radio and Bakerella recipes :-) Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 16, 2013 12:28 AM
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monica said...

hello! Well let me tell you that I went out with my friends and I told them I had a delightful surprise! 1 I made a shaped cakepops with fondant roses and were a hit! really was a good day you too hope you had a good day too kisses xoxoxo

February 16, 2013 12:29 AM
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Maiya said...

I made cupcakes with cute little hearts on them for all my friends <3

February 16, 2013 12:30 AM
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mimi said...

My Valentine was my daughter. After I picked her up from school we went and had dinner are McDonalds and then came home for movies and popcorn. It was a great Valentine’s day. Ps your mini pops are adorable l

February 16, 2013 12:39 AM
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Christina said...

The mini cake pops are adorable! My valentines were my 2 sweet kiddos and my awesome hubby. I’m a lucky girl!

February 16, 2013 12:39 AM
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Martha said...

My Valentine’s dates were my husband and our (almost) 4 month old son.. sadly the hubby had to work so we did a Valentine’s day breakfast instead of dinner :)

February 16, 2013 12:42 AM
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Michaela said...

My two little girls were my valentines! We ate heart shaped sugar cookies to celebrate.

February 16, 2013 12:44 AM
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Kara said...

My valentine is my husband Eli – we just spent some time together cruzin’ at home. Aloha :)

February 16, 2013 12:48 AM
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Dee S. said...

My valentine is my wonderful, loving husband Mark…my best friend for over 21 years!

February 16, 2013 12:50 AM
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Kim said...

Hi my valentine was my mom this year, we had a wonderful dinner at Benihana

February 16, 2013 12:50 AM
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Kimberly said...

My hubs makes the best Valentine ever and I plan on being home with him and my boys. :))

February 16, 2013 12:56 AM
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Jenny Phung said...

Hello hello!
Valentines day was spent with the friends fighting over the caramel popcorn! haha

February 16, 2013 01:00 AM
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Nikki said...

my boyfriend was my official, but he is currently on active military duty in a different state. therefore, spent valentines day with one of my girlfriends who helped make it not so bad.

February 16, 2013 01:03 AM
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Betsy S. said...

My Valentine is my adorable hubby of just over a year. We spent the night in with dinner, movies and our Smoochie Poochie.

February 16, 2013 01:05 AM
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Susan said...

HI!!! I love cupcakes, cookies and cake pops- I especially love them mini! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

February 16, 2013 01:06 AM
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Kenzie said...

My kids (3 boys) are my Valentine’s this year, and every year. My husband keeps asking when it will be his turn…. :) I made a special dinner and dessert for our family and we had a ” couch date” in the living room and all watched a movie.

February 16, 2013 01:08 AM
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Jia Yu said...

My valentines were my best friends, and we gave each other notes that we pretended were from their secret admirers :) I hope you had a lovely valentines day!

February 16, 2013 01:20 AM
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Keely said...

I don’t really do Valentine’s Day, but my valentine would probably be my BBF. Her name is Gloria. We called each other of V. Day and had a blast! Would love to win the Ipad!! Have been wanting one for ages!! God bless!!

February 16, 2013 01:20 AM
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