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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Alie C said...

I didn’t have a valentine, but my supervisor bought me coffee and my grandparents bought me chocolate!

February 16, 2013 01:24 AM
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Sydney Park said...

My valentines were my parents <3 My dad just came back from a year long business trip and we finally had a whole day together, which was Valentines Day. Happy Valentines Day!

February 16, 2013 01:27 AM
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Charise said...

I love these adorable cake pops! great ideas (: I had a great Valentine’s Day with family & friends.

February 16, 2013 01:40 AM
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MrsCake said...

OMG. I just can’t believe you made THAT MANY cake pops. Incredible! :O For Valentine’s day my husband gave me a beautiful bunch of tulips (my favourites!) and tomorrow we’re going to a fancy restaurant to celebrate our little anniversary :)))

February 16, 2013 01:49 AM
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Deanne H. said...

My valentine is my fiance Gary. He cooked filet mignon and lobster for Valentine’s dinner. We stay in since we both work and have long commutes. It makes for a really great Valentine’s Day.

P.S. Love the little tiny cakepops!

February 16, 2013 01:56 AM
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Nicole said...

I love these mini pops! so cute for a party or holiday. I spent Valentine’s day with my family <3

February 16, 2013 01:57 AM
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Sue D said...

My Valentine is my hubby of nearly 39 years.

February 16, 2013 01:57 AM
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Julie said...

Valentine’s day was spent with husband and our two boys. Every moment spent together is pretty special. Kids grow up so fast.

February 16, 2013 02:01 AM
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Emily C. said...

For Valentine’s day I had lunch with my lover (because he had jury duty which is near my work) and then went to the empty gym after work!

It sounds ridiculously tiring to roll all those mini cake dots!! Amazing!!

February 16, 2013 02:05 AM
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Sam S. said...

My valentines were both my daughter and my hubby. We watched Wreck it Ralph and ate subway at home together. It was awesome ^__^

February 16, 2013 02:25 AM
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Hannah said...

my best friend was my valentine and we went out for coffee!

February 16, 2013 02:32 AM
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Sui Ling said...

My valentines was my Best Friend In The Whole Wide World (BFITWWW) Michelle! She’s here on a vacation and we hadnt seen each other in a over a year…we got to spend the whole day together and it was fantastic!

February 16, 2013 02:33 AM
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Chiara said...

My Valentine was my boyfriend. (: This was our second one together. I made him pizza from scratch and your cheesecake recipe, actually. It’s his favorite.

February 16, 2013 02:40 AM
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Jackie said...

My boyfriend is my valentine. <3 Our plans had been to go out to dinner and then see the new Die Hard movie, but his workplace changed his schedule on him at the last minute such that he had to go in at 6am the next day, so we only had time for dinner; we'll see the movie this weekend. It was still nice to go out together, though.

February 16, 2013 02:55 AM
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Amy Giblin said...

I spent my day baking ready for my first ever dessert buffet for my 21st birthday on Sunday and in the evening had a night in with a three course meal cooked by my boyfriend :-) it was lovely! X

February 16, 2013 02:58 AM
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Megan Jeanne said...

Wow! That was a lot of work but really cute.

My valentine is my fiance. Unfortunately, both of us are sick and I had to work on Valentine’s Day and this weekend but we’re planning on doing a romantic dinner date sometime in the next couple of weeks. Haven’t made actual plans yet but we’re very low-key. If I have time I might have to attempt a much (much) smaller heart cake pop display.

February 16, 2013 03:12 AM
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Maria said...

Happy valentine!!! Mine valentine are my twins 6 years old twins boys :)

February 16, 2013 03:37 AM
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MrsCake said...

OMG. I just can’t believe you made THAT MANY cake pops. :O Respect.
For Valentine’s Day my husband gave me a beautiful bunch of colourful tulips (my favourites!) and tomorrow we’re going to a fancy restaurant to celebrate our 4th anniversary of being together ;) Yay! ^ ^

February 16, 2013 03:39 AM
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Crystal R. said...

My Valentine’s were the 3 men in my life, my husband and two amazing little sons. We didnt do much just relaxed together!

February 16, 2013 04:02 AM
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Kelsey said...

One of my good friends and I have plans to see Safe Haven as our late Valentine’s celebration!

February 16, 2013 04:07 AM
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Katie Pauline said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Love the tiny cake pops!
My Valentine’s this year are my hubby and 3 little ones. We spent the day eating lots of treats, and took dinner to my husband’s Grandma so she wasn’t alone. Then the hubby and I went out Friday to dinner and a marriage seminar. It was a perfect Valentine’s Day(s)

February 16, 2013 04:13 AM
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Elle said...

I made mini, heart-shaped chocolate brownie bites, rolled in freeze dried strawberry powder and the the office loved them!

February 16, 2013 04:41 AM
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germaine said...

hey! happy valentines day :)

February 16, 2013 04:59 AM
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Cheryl said...

My Valentine is my husband whose birthday is 2/14…so we have twice the reason to celebrate!

February 16, 2013 05:13 AM
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saliha said...

My sweetheart is my loving hubby. Love him to pieces.

February 16, 2013 05:21 AM
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Melissa Johnson said...

Hubby is so tired during the week that we will be celebrating on Saturday instead. Going to eat at the restuarant that had the good sense to hire our son as their manager. Cant wait to watch him work!

February 16, 2013 05:31 AM
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Larissa Krahn said...

Well,
I don’t have a special Valentine this year but my friends and I made a sleepover. We made a typical Girls Night :) and yeah that was pretty much how I spent Valentines Day ;)
Oh and I just wanted to say Hi! :) <3

February 16, 2013 05:34 AM
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Maria said...

I love Valentine’s Day because it’s a day where everyone thinks of who they love and how they can show them they care. It’s about appreciation and acceptance, and also yummy desserts. What’s not to love? My Valentines this year are my mother and my stepfather, who I made a very special dinner with. Vive l’amour!

February 16, 2013 05:49 AM
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Eileen said...

I baked cookies and made marshmallows for my kids and their classmates. My husband was on duty for Valentines so the kids and I just stayed home and relaxed when they were done with school.

February 16, 2013 06:07 AM
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Alisha B. said...

Hello, Bakerella!

My Valentine is my radical boyfriend of five years. Valentine’s Day was simple and sweet, dinner at Red Robin and enjoying each other’s company. Nothing says love like buffalo wings and strawberry/freckled lemonade! I even baked mini strawberry bundt cakes with a lemon glaze!

Thank you so much for this giveaway opportunity! (-:

February 16, 2013 06:17 AM
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Jennifer Araneta said...

Stayed home to bake red velvet cuppies! Love the idea! Thinking of designs to do with mini cakepops :-)

February 16, 2013 06:19 AM
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Kirsten White said...

Happy Valentine’s Day! My Valentine was my incredible group of friends! Our ‘Valentine’s celebration’ was also one of his birthdays, so I made a Battenberg cake (exciting!), and we all spent the evening together

February 16, 2013 06:26 AM
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Raz said...

My husband is my valentine and we have 9 years anniversary as well.

February 16, 2013 06:50 AM
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Mary said...

Hi! I celebrated my 50th birthday on Valentines Day! I had a blast hanging out with friends!

February 16, 2013 06:57 AM
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Cecilia said...

I had my valentines day with my boyfriend! He bought me a big A (that you put on your bookshelfs) and wrote “I love you Cecilia” on it. In the evening we cuddle and watch TV and ate some candy! Okay lots of candy!

February 16, 2013 07:14 AM
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melanie said...

Love the love display! Hope you had a sweet valentines day, you have such a big heart you deserve to be treated :-)

February 16, 2013 07:15 AM
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MrsRitz said...

My Valentine is my dear husband of 14 years who has been wishing we had enough money for an iPad mini! Love that fella

February 16, 2013 07:15 AM
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Lilly said...

My Valentine’s day wasn’t anything fancy unfortunately, but there is always hope for the next years to come ;)
Your cake pop displays look awesome and sooo cute!

February 16, 2013 07:22 AM
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Jan said...

Spent the evening with my valentine of 33 years.

February 16, 2013 07:26 AM
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Martine said...

My Valentine has me immersed in anything that is red!! I love him!

February 16, 2013 07:27 AM
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bethany said...

My husband…we went on vacation with our two year old son to visit family in Texas. We spent Valentine’s at the beach in South Padre Island. So pretty!

February 16, 2013 07:28 AM
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Khadijah said...

My valentinesvare my parents. You can’t get enough of them. Love them much…

February 16, 2013 07:51 AM
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vix said...

You inspire me so much. I try to bake every weekend with my daughter whose 4. She loves to see what new things you’ve made. X

February 16, 2013 07:58 AM
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Lindsey P said...

My valentine is my sweet husband, but since he was at work all day, I celebrated with our 3 kids at home! We baked cakes for all our friends and delivered to them that night!

February 16, 2013 08:12 AM
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Jessica said...

My valentine was my husband (who was overseas for Valentines Day) and my mom, who I actually spend the day with :)

February 16, 2013 08:13 AM
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Ronda in B'ham said...

My husband. Spent the night at sons basketball play off and then out to eat with the family. Not very romantic but couldn’t think of a better way to have spent it.

February 16, 2013 08:18 AM
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Lesley March said...

My valentine is my wonderful hubby! This year I made him homemade “Chipotle” burritos since we live in Canada and can’t get them here. They were a hit!

February 16, 2013 08:20 AM
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Mary said...

My valentine is my husband Mike. We’ve been married for 25 years!

February 16, 2013 08:23 AM
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Rachel said...

My Valentine is my amazing husband. He was out of town on V’tines day, but he did not disappoint. Knowing that I was at home with the 4 kids he purchased a box full of goodies for ALL of us so that I wouldn’t have to think about what to do for the kids and such. At home with the kids I made heart-shaped bacon and heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast (does heart shaped bacon make it heart friendly?? I think so!!) for lunch it was heart shaped grilled cheeses with tomato soup and for dinner heart shaped homemade pizza with strawberry icecream and heartshaped thumbprint cookies for dessert. Although I missed my sweetheart, It was a great day!! I am blessed!

February 16, 2013 08:24 AM
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Melissa said...

My valentine is my husband Tim. We had dinner at Qdoba with our 2 kids. Then had frozen yogurt. It was a special night for out family. Love the mini cake pops by the way.

February 16, 2013 08:30 AM
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Kathleen Turner said...

Angie, you are the best and have the sweetest ideas and creations! My valentines are my daughters this year as my hubby was traveling – miss him!

February 16, 2013 08:32 AM
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Neera@gfcfrasoi.blogspot.com said...

Very nice. I like the idea. :)

February 16, 2013 08:38 AM
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Marlene H said...

This Valentines Day I spent with my husband and even got to get all dolled up for a fancy dinner! It’s been a while since I’ve had an excuse to wear a gown and I loved it!

February 16, 2013 08:39 AM
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Vincy said...

Yay cake pops!!!!.

February 16, 2013 08:40 AM
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Anjani said...

I don’t celebrate valentine, but for today I made chocolate milkshake and drink it with my brother. Then we play games for two hours straight!

February 16, 2013 08:46 AM
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Monique said...

I wish I may
I wish I might
Dream of Bakerella’s
Cake Pops tonigh!
xoxo

February 16, 2013 08:48 AM
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Kris said...

those are super cute and although probably exhausting, I’m glad you are patient enough to make 350 to make the design. wow.
My valentine is my Husband (and of course I also got some sweet things for my girls too)

February 16, 2013 08:48 AM
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Leni said...

Hello from Europe. These Mini Cakepops are really cute, but probably even more risky of eating them up quickly than the normal ones ;-)

February 16, 2013 08:49 AM
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Jamie said...

As always, too cute!!! My hubby and I enjoyed a v-day tradition – dinner with friends at the club. Yummy menu and great conversation – a perfect evening!

February 16, 2013 08:51 AM
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Terasa Driggers said...

My valentines are my two sons, two grandkids, daughter-in-law, and one son’s girlfriend. I made treats for them all.

February 16, 2013 08:53 AM
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Carolyn F said...

As usual you are the best! I love this idea!

February 16, 2013 08:59 AM
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JanW said...

love your ideas! I have made a few of your recipes and always are a big hit

February 16, 2013 08:59 AM
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steph said...

My valentine this year was a good friend. We met up at our favorite coffee shop after work for dinner and wine (this is what makes it the best coffee spot!) and then grabbed frozen yogurt and planned a fun outing for the Monday holiday. It was a perfect, low-key night!

February 16, 2013 09:02 AM
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Anna said...

My DH is my Valentine. :)

He did a great job at giving me a super sweet card (it made me cry) and chocolate. :)

February 16, 2013 09:05 AM
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Tosha said...

My valentine is my husband!

February 16, 2013 09:05 AM
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Margaret said...

My husband is my valentine… with second runner up being chocolate.

February 16, 2013 09:07 AM
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Kristen said...

My valentine is my DH Brad. We will have to celebrate Valentine’s Day at a later date because we spent 2/14 with my family celebrating my dad’s retirement! (These mini pops are darling)

February 16, 2013 09:08 AM
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Ilse said...

So much patience!!!

February 16, 2013 09:08 AM
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Cindy said...

My valentines are my nieces and nephews! I went out to dinner with some friends.

February 16, 2013 09:13 AM
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Angie k said...

Precious! Love things in mini form! Including cake pops and iPads :)

February 16, 2013 09:16 AM
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Brooke Emmich said...

My valentine is my boyfriend of 4 years Allen who taught me to cook n changed my life forever! :)

February 16, 2013 09:18 AM
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Paula said...

My valentines are my beautiful family! And Hi!

February 16, 2013 09:24 AM
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wendy said...

got surprised at work with a dozen roses then stayed in and made dinner and spent some quality time with my valentine

February 16, 2013 09:26 AM
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Theresa said...

I will be having an overnight for my niece and nephews and enjoying the love of my family.

February 16, 2013 09:27 AM
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Alison said...

My sweet valentine is my husband! We just got married Jan 19 and he’s the best thing since sliced bread! :)

February 16, 2013 09:35 AM
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Lisa M said...

I had class and then did a little shopping.

February 16, 2013 09:36 AM
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LizzyBeth S. said...

My roomies and I all had to work that day, but we had an indoor bbq and grilled some burgers and had all the fixin’s to go with them!

February 16, 2013 09:51 AM
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Denise said...

My Valentine’s were my daughter and husband and we stayed in and made fondue for dinner.

February 16, 2013 09:51 AM
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Donna said...

My family is my Valentine. . . we made valentine shaped pizza’s and spent the evening at home.

February 16, 2013 09:52 AM
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Yssa J. said...

My valentine is my laptop and probably my Totoro plushie. ^_^ I had a night in with rom coms, lol.

February 16, 2013 09:52 AM
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Cecilia said...

My husband was my Valentine, and we went snowmobiling.

February 16, 2013 09:54 AM
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VIVIAN said...

My valentine is my husband.
Thank you so much for your mini pops template. I feel so inspired. I am definitely going to try them.
Lots of love
Vivian

February 16, 2013 09:54 AM
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Chelsea said...

My Valentines’ Day plans involved 200 middle school students. We hosted a “Teen Night” at school complete with a bake sale, dancing, lunch tray sledding out in the snow, and basketball tournament. I made 100 heart shaped cookies with “xoxo” “bff” and “be mine” written on them.
A quiet night at home with my sweetheart would have been wonderful, but I had fun with the kids :)

February 16, 2013 09:58 AM
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Amber said...

Love your work. Bought the cake pop kit for my 3 yr old son for Valentine’s day! He’s my valentine

February 16, 2013 10:02 AM
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Marta said...

What was supposed to be a Maine lobster surf & turf dinner with a beautiful Chardonnay ended up being frozen pizza and beer. It was a rough day at work and the pizza was faster. Lots of love with my hubby and kids that night, so i’ve got no complaints!

February 16, 2013 10:03 AM
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Sallie said...

My husband and I celebrated our first Valentine’s together off the road (we used to be on tour) so we had a lovely dinner together and then just relaxed. It was great :)

February 16, 2013 10:05 AM
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Kelly said...

My Valentine is my husband of 37 (!) years.

February 16, 2013 10:11 AM
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Diane said...

Helped my son make chocolate roses and little chocolate hearts for his girlfriend! Enjoyed flowers from my husband! Hope your day was special!

February 16, 2013 10:14 AM
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Christi said...

My Valentine is my husband, Ben. We went to dinner and the Married Life Live Event at North Point Church and then to coffee with friends. It was a great day!

February 16, 2013 10:15 AM
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Missy said...

My valentines are my sweet hubs and my two kids. Two of us were sick on the 14th so we all spent the evening together. Not a bad thing. :)

February 16, 2013 10:16 AM
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Cynthia said...

Spent the day working but had a nice dinner (and great drinks!!) with friends in the evening :)

February 16, 2013 10:17 AM
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Rebekah said...

I love this display idea! So many possibilities! I spent my Valentines Day with my 27 Sweethearts….no I’m not an old lady with 27 cats. I co-teach a preschool class of 27 boys and girls and we had a great time celebrating Valentines day in our room. Altogether we passed out over 700 Valentine cards! Lots of love goin’ around! <3

February 16, 2013 10:17 AM
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Ang said...

My husband is my best friend and valentine. For Valentine’s I worked all day – came home and we had supper together as a family and then my hubby went to work. While he was gone, I called my parents to see how my dad’s dr. appointment went and it wasn’t good. The cancer has turned aggressive and is attacking his organs. That was my day.

February 16, 2013 10:24 AM
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naomi said...

my valentines is my boyfriend ben, who is wonderful. he took me out for a fancy lunch and i made him a cross stitch sampler to go on the wall above his bureau

February 16, 2013 10:25 AM
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Tracy said...

My valentine is my husband and we celebrated 27 years since he first asked me out on Valentine’s Day in college. We went out to dinner and he gave me Stargazer Lilies and chocolate!

February 16, 2013 10:25 AM
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georgie said...

Hi Bakerella,

My husband is and always will be my Valentine. We enjoyed a romantic breakfast at a local cafe on Valentines Day. xx

February 16, 2013 10:27 AM
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Belen said...

My valentine is (was) my ice-skates. I’m not sure they count as a Valentine since they are not actually a person, but they are who I spent vday with. I live so many happy moments with them, and they make me feel in a truly incredible way everytime I wear them. So since I don’t have a boyfriend and my best-friends lives too far way, I knew there was only one way I wanted to spend Valentine’s Day, and that was with them.

February 16, 2013 10:28 AM
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Amanda said...

I didn’t have a valentine this year – I spent the evening watching my favorite shows on tv.. Glee, Grey’s Anatomy and Vampire Diaries :)

February 16, 2013 10:33 AM
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CW said...

Happy (late) Valentine’s Day! These cake pops are super cute. My plans were to just hang at home. Relax. :)

February 16, 2013 10:38 AM
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mia said...

Very nice idea. I am a new cake popper! Thanks for the inspiration.

February 16, 2013 10:40 AM
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