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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eva Valentine said...

We’re the Valentines!!! We always spend Valentine’s Day together as a family :)

February 16, 2013 10:41 AM
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Jacqui said...

My Valentine is my Gorgeous sexy Hubster of 11 years! We’ve been invited to a Valentines Dinner Party! Thanks for your website…I’m learning SO much!!!

February 16, 2013 10:45 AM
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Connie said...

My husband and I spent two hours together on Valentine’s day because of our conflicting schedules. While there were no candy, roses, or dinner involved, I still loved every second of the time I did spend with him. See also, we got to eat lunch at our favorite restaurant, Chipotle.

February 16, 2013 10:45 AM
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christine said...

Valentine’s Day is the day that I was adopted. So my “Valentine” will always be my parents, the people who chose to love me.

February 16, 2013 10:47 AM
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Carey said...

My valentine is my husband Greg. We had a date earlier in the week, so we spent Valentine’s Day as a family. He made supper, and I made cute little heart pies for dessert. Then we all went ice skating together!

February 16, 2013 10:51 AM
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Chelsea said...

My valentine is my husband of three years and we are spending valentines with our new bundle of joy!

February 16, 2013 10:51 AM
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Laura said...

My valentine this year is me! :) I had a great day making valentines for my roommates and coworkers. Nothing makes you feel better than spreading some love, with or without a sweetheart.

February 16, 2013 10:53 AM
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Bobbi Jo said...

My sweet husband is my valentine. We are grilling steaks at home because nothing beats my husband at the grill!

February 16, 2013 10:59 AM
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Holly said...

The short and sweet of it:
I heart Bakerella and iPad.
Sharing love with family and coworkers.
Sigh, if only Valentine’s Day lasted the whole year.

February 16, 2013 11:02 AM
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Jenny B said...

Hi Bakerella!

February 16, 2013 11:08 AM
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Marisela said...

This was our first valentine’s day as a married couple! It was so special, we had a romantic dinner (I cooked all of my husband’s favorites) and he showered me with flowers, chocolates, a new laptop and a beautiful new watch! All in all it was perfect <3 I hope everyone had a wonderful vday :)

February 16, 2013 11:09 AM
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Laura said...

These are great! I can relate to the discouragement when starting, I always make a zillion Oreo balls for Christmas. When I begin I ask myself why I do this every year. But when I package them and deliver to very happy recipients, I am reminded!

February 16, 2013 11:09 AM
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Thelma said...

I have lots of Valentine’s. My favorites are my Family. We drove 1 1/2 hours to Surprise our 8 1/2 month pregnant daughter with Dinner and Treats on Valentine’s Day!!!

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

My Valentines were and are my wonderful husband and sweet as candy 11 year old daughter. We went out for a yummy Mexican dinner and the best part was no dishes – that speaks right to my heart.

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

My husband is my Valentine!

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

I love your cake pops, and discovered your site a few years ago around valentines day! Low key valentines day at home with the people I love!

February 16, 2013 11:11 AM
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Vanessa said...

What a lovely idea those mini cakepops. They are so adorable. Couldn’t use it for valentines day though as this year there was no valentine around but it’s my mums 50th birthday in march. I think I’ll treat her with a cakepop 50 this year instead of a cake.

February 16, 2013 11:13 AM
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Tami said...

I made Gumball Machine cake pops to give to my family! My Valentine is always my wonderful husband, and now also my sweet grandson!

February 16, 2013 11:14 AM
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Erin said...

My Valentine–Feb. 14 and every other day–is my sweet wonderful husband, Andrew! Love that guy.

February 16, 2013 11:16 AM
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Suzanne Morse said...

Love this!!! My Valentine and I spent the day at his doctors at MD Anderson Cancer Center I’m so grateful to still have him with me. He loves cake pops and this is such a great idea !!!

February 16, 2013 11:17 AM
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Darleen said...

You are amazing (mini cake dots)!
Hubby and I always spend Valentines at home with a fondue dinner and a bottle of wine.
Mini iPad? Yes, please!

February 16, 2013 11:23 AM
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Anonymous said...

Hi ????

February 16, 2013 11:24 AM
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Michelle said...

My husband, unfortunately he wasn’t feeling well on valentine’s day so I got to watch some girls movies!

February 16, 2013 11:25 AM
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Tiffany said...

My hubby and 2 kids were my valentines this year :)

February 16, 2013 11:27 AM
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Barby said...

Valentine’s Day was spent with my amazing hubby!!! We ate dinner at our favorite French restaurant and had a lovely time :-)

February 16, 2013 11:28 AM
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Nicole said...

My boyfriend Ryan was my valentine! I cooked on the 14th and he took me out to dinner on the 15th.

February 16, 2013 11:31 AM
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Kelli Elliott said...

My valentines were my husband and kids. I made homemeade pizzas and then we decorated heart shaped brownies! Such a fun day celebrating with loved ones!

February 16, 2013 11:31 AM
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Grace said...

My valentine was myself! I just enjoyed the day with some chocolates.

February 16, 2013 11:32 AM
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Corrie said...

Love those tiny cakepops! I don’t think I’d have the patience to do all that, but it is beautiful! My valentine is my sweet hubby of almost eight years. Well, and my two tiny tots.. can’t leave them out! :)

February 16, 2013 11:33 AM
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Debbie said...

I was with my boyfriend at home, just spending time together. Picked up dinner and enjoyed each other’s company.

February 16, 2013 11:33 AM
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LB said...

My valentine each and every day is my daughter. No special plans but I love her to bits!

February 16, 2013 11:36 AM
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Bella said...

My husband is my valentine for 18 years. We went out with friends to a Valentines Dinner.

February 16, 2013 11:40 AM
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Sabine said...

This is so awesome and it really looks worth the effort! Well done!

My Valentine was my Mom. The one person I can always count on, the one person who means the world to me and who I never want to suffer. The one person in my life who deserves the very best!

February 16, 2013 11:43 AM
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Heather F said...

My Valentines are my husband and kids. I wasn’t feeling really well so we just had a quiet dinner at home.

February 16, 2013 11:44 AM
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Sonia said...

My Valentine is my hubby. Our plans are to go out for dinner and a movie.

February 16, 2013 11:45 AM
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Kirsten said...

My husband was out of town for work, so my kids and I had a friend and her kids over for dinner. That was after a full day of Valentine’s Day parties with the Kindergarteners I teach! It was a full, rich day!

February 16, 2013 11:48 AM
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audrey said...

My valentine was my wonderful boyfriend. we had a fun dinner and a slow stroll home. quality time spent! :)

February 16, 2013 11:48 AM
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shuyi said...

hi!

February 16, 2013 11:49 AM
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Amaya said...

My plans for Valentines are going to the mall with my friends from school and making Valentine’s Day snacks. Then I will throw a party for my family. I love your blog your cakepops too!!! You are such an inspiration to me.

February 16, 2013 12:05 PM
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Joan Pratt said...

My hubby is my valentine, forever & ever. We spent the evening at home eating a homecooked dinner & enjoying life.
PS. You are amazing. These mini’s and the designs are so cool!

February 16, 2013 12:07 PM
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Jenn H said...

My valentine is my boyfriend; we didn’t make any Valentines day specific plans for the 14th, but we are going out to a nice dinner and to see Amaluna (Cirque de Soleil) tonight. He also surprised me with orchids and cupcakes on V-day. He’s a keeper :)

February 16, 2013 12:11 PM
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Amy W said...

My husband is my valentine. We ordered in pizza and he sent me the most beautiful flowers that I am still enjoying! :-)

February 16, 2013 12:13 PM
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Katie said...

My husband and I had a movie night, but my little boys were pretty sweet valentines, too.

February 16, 2013 12:13 PM
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Charina G said...

My valentine’s is my wonderful hubby of 2 years and my precious 7 month old daughter. We didn’t do anything this year, but enjoy each other’s company at home. :) those mini cake pop are such a wonderful idea.. I hope I’d have that much patience to make. They came out so nice!

February 16, 2013 12:14 PM
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Lisa M. said...

I was babysitting 2 awesome kiddos on Valentine’s Day.

February 16, 2013 12:15 PM
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Stephanie C. said...

My husband and 2 kids are my Valentines this year! Our cake pops have already been devoured…,,

February 16, 2013 12:16 PM
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Christina said...

My husband and I went out to celebrate with four other couples.

February 16, 2013 12:17 PM
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Hailing said...

My valentine is my little boy, Henry because his dad doesn’t believe in Valentine’s Day!! x

February 16, 2013 12:21 PM
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person said...

Hi, what happend on valentines day was my cousins baby girl as born!!!!!!! She is sooooooo cute! Well that’s all I have to say, bye!!!!!!!!

February 16, 2013 12:22 PM
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Noelle said...

My valentine was my mom and my sister. On valentines day I volunteered to make and serve dinner to the homeless community to share the love.

February 16, 2013 12:25 PM
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Estrella said...

Hi, I just love how creative you are . This Valentines day I had no plans but I end up going to a restaurant to have dinner with my valentine (my husband).

February 16, 2013 12:26 PM
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Summer said...

My Valentine is my grandfather :)

February 16, 2013 12:27 PM
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Nicole krapil said...

My valentine is my husband and my two kids! Love ur site. We spent valentines eating Chinese.

February 16, 2013 12:30 PM
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Debora Carvalho said...

My Valentine is called Hik… <3 We spent our day in a trip. Lovely!

February 16, 2013 12:31 PM
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KarenAnn said...

Hi!

February 16, 2013 12:38 PM
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SannyT said...

My valentine is my 2 years old daughter. I didn’t make anything for her but I spent a good quality time with her.

February 16, 2013 12:43 PM
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Amy Brown said...

My sweet husband who is undergoing cancer treatments for Ewing Sarcoma…

Who eats all of your cake pops anyway??

February 16, 2013 12:44 PM
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Sarah N said...

The mini-cake balls are adorable! I especially love the “love” layout because it reminds me of my wedding invitation.

My valentine is the same one I have had for 20 years now – my sweet hubby. And I would add my sweet girl Madeleine and my boy Ian!

Thanks for the great giveaway !

February 16, 2013 12:49 PM
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emily said...

My valentines are my husband and son. I was away on business until later on the 14th, so we didn’t do much. Just seeing them after being out of town was celebration enough!

February 16, 2013 12:50 PM
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Anastacia said...

I spent my Valentine’s Day with my fiancé. We are both teachers and coaches, so our weeks are very very busy. There’s a restaurant in town that I’ve been dying to try, but we never have the time to go. When I got home that evening he had ordered food from that restaurant and waited for me so we could share it together.

February 16, 2013 12:59 PM
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lil said...

now that’s dedication! love the love.

February 16, 2013 01:03 PM
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LovelyLoops said...

my valentine date were my 5 & 2 year old boys as they have been for the last couple of years! we got a heart shaped pepperoni pizza and watched adventure time!!! love them :)

February 16, 2013 01:03 PM
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Britiney @ Consider the Lilies said...

I’m a mom of 3 soccer playing boys so our v-day extravaganza involved heart-shaped pizzas and soccer practice. Super romantic!

February 16, 2013 01:06 PM
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Megan said...

My valentine was my boyfriend. We had dinner with his parents at the local hangout and ate krispy kreme donuts. It was awesome.

February 16, 2013 01:06 PM
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Shannon said...

My Valentine is my lovely, sweet boyfriend. We went to school on the 14th and exchanged cards.

February 16, 2013 01:09 PM
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Marie said...

Gary, my husband of nearly 13 years is my sweetie and we celebrated with our four children.

February 16, 2013 01:09 PM
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Marian said...

I love these! Next year I’m making these for sure!!

February 16, 2013 01:09 PM
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julie kim said...

hello!! this year my valentine was…
the nutella.

February 16, 2013 01:11 PM
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Angie H said...

My husband and my kids!

February 16, 2013 01:13 PM
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Cara said...

All my best friends!

February 16, 2013 01:13 PM
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Meli said...

Not doing anything. I’m just thinking if my lover wants to buy me something, he doesn’t need to wait valentines day. But still found really cute when someone is coming in my shop to buy something for her/hs lover !

February 16, 2013 01:13 PM
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Jayce said...

Hi! With my DH, everyday is like Valentines Day!

February 16, 2013 01:15 PM
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Melissa Perez said...

My valentine is my boyfriend! I love him so much

February 16, 2013 01:16 PM
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Collette said...

I went to school on Valentines Day, it was so much fun because everyone was in the Valentines Day spirit, wearing red and pink and passing out chocolates and candies to their friends!

February 16, 2013 01:16 PM
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Becky said...

Made Valentine sweets and cake pops for my family!? LOVE your mini pops!!!

February 16, 2013 01:23 PM
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Heather said...

My husband and I spent our Valentines out earlier in the week, so on Valentines we took our 2 year old out for a treat at a train themed restaurant. He loved every minute of it!

February 16, 2013 01:26 PM
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Karla Medina said...

Im a home baker and caterer so I made a Dkirt Steak, Chicken, Pork, Chorizo and Sausage Paella for 60 ppl, over 100 Valentine boxes of Res Velvet brownies with cheesecake swirl, choco cupcakes, red velvet cupcakes and swiss chocolate and pistachio mini tartlets sooo… My valentine morning whats busy :) when the hubby got home he brought a heart shape pizza, the best netflix movie, popcorn, pink tulips and chocolate covered strawberries…. The best valentine afternoon

February 16, 2013 01:26 PM
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eve said...

hi!

February 16, 2013 01:30 PM
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Candace Jones said...

My Valentines are my kids. We didn’t do anything special on Valentine’s Day but are going to Kids-Fest this weekend. Love your work!

February 16, 2013 01:37 PM
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Dee-Dee said...

My valentines are my husband and two kids! I’m so lucky to have three. We’re planning a sweet supper with a red and white theme.

February 16, 2013 01:37 PM
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April Davis said...

We dont celebrate Valentines day generally but we took our 5 year old son to get pizza and came home and played board games. It was a great day for me! :)

February 16, 2013 01:39 PM
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Saingyou said...

I lovee your site. I’ve been inspired to do MANY bake sales all because of your creations.. so Thank You :)

February 16, 2013 01:43 PM
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Deb said...

My husband is, as always, my perfect Valentine :) However I also work at a school, so I had several hundered little happy faces for Valentines Day!

February 16, 2013 01:46 PM
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Gemma d said...

My valentine is my son, as he was born on Valentines day, it is now all about him<3

February 16, 2013 01:50 PM
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salama said...

My valentines are my best friends!! We celebrated the single life together in my back yard with delicious food.

February 16, 2013 01:51 PM
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Michelle H. said...

My husband is my forever Valentine! And we stayed in cause I was sick. Thanks for all your wonderful posts!

February 16, 2013 01:52 PM
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Stacy said...

Those are adorable! My valentines are my kindergartners!

February 16, 2013 01:55 PM
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Sarah Azevedo said...

My hubby, we just relaxed at home with the kids. Just a normal day at our house!

February 16, 2013 01:57 PM
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Lucy said...

Love this post – totally cute!!! We spent Valentines Day celebrating at home as a family (hubby, myself, 12 yr old and 2 year old) – ordered in pizza and enjoyed some oreos and homemade butter mints :)

February 16, 2013 01:57 PM
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Jessica said...

Happy belated valentines day<3 My valentine was my boyfriend, he surprised me with a dinner at our favorite restaurant.

February 16, 2013 02:00 PM
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Becca said...

These cake pops are so cute! For valentines day I just had a wonderful day celebrating me!

February 16, 2013 02:02 PM
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Priyanka said...

These cake pops are adorable! I love that they spell out Love :)

February 16, 2013 02:08 PM
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Lisa said...

My boyfriend is my valentine for the 4th year in a row, but I made sure to text my first valentine, my daddy!

February 16, 2013 02:09 PM
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Katie said...

So cute!!
My Valentine is always my husband, Jon. We don’t do anything special to celebrate the day; we just keep on loving each other and having a wonderful time together!
Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

February 16, 2013 02:09 PM
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Maria said...

My husband and daughter are my valentines. Having a simple dinner at home was all we needed.

February 16, 2013 02:11 PM
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Halyna Mandryka said...

HI , HI , HI I LOVE YOUR BLOG!:)

February 16, 2013 02:12 PM
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Brittany breland said...

My husband is my valentine! He made salmon and pasta with moscato wine for our valentines day. All homemade!

February 16, 2013 02:18 PM
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Stacey said...

What a great idea, bakerella!! There are endless possibilities…including corporate events and weddings. My Valentines Day sweetheart this year is MEEEEEEEEEEEEEE :)

I can’t wait to try this project!

Stacey

February 16, 2013 02:20 PM
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Kate C said...

Wow! Great giveaway. For Valentine’s Day me and my guy had dinner at a cozy restaurant and then went to see a movie – our favorite date night option!

February 16, 2013 02:21 PM
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louize mullins said...

Hi, this is my first time on your blog and I think its fab, my valentines night consisted of me and my sister babysitting my brothers baby twins so he could go and propose to his lovely girlfriend…she said yes!!! WHOOP WHOOP :) X

February 16, 2013 02:22 PM
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