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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Angie J said...

My bff is here. She is my Valentine forever.

February 16, 2013 02:25 PM
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Angela dB said...

My valentine is my hubby, and our furry baby Riley :) We went to an early dinner at Eat at Joe’s Crabshack and watched a show together in front of the fire when we got home! :)

February 16, 2013 02:31 PM
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Marina(the little baker) said...

My valentine(s) was my family ! I had to bake a bunch of desserts for my eighth grade class! I made chocolate cupcakes, strawberry shortcakes, & heart-shaped cookies & pancakes because our party was in the morning ! :) <3

February 16, 2013 02:31 PM
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Melissa said...

I’m my own Valentine this year. So Indian food takeout and Big Bang Theory were my big plans :)

February 16, 2013 02:34 PM
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Lindsay Mullins said...

My hubby will be leaving for a little over a year so this will be our last Valentine’s Day together until 2015. :-( We have made arrangements for a romantic couple’s massage and bubble bath at a local spa. I can’t wait!

February 16, 2013 02:35 PM
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rainey said...

My valentine is my husband of 45 years. But running close behind are my 3 kids, their 3 other halves and our 2 yo grandson.

February 16, 2013 02:35 PM
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A Mahon said...

My valentines are my three kids and my husband. We had a nice dinner at home and then the boys were off to wrestling practice. My daughter and I had fun looking at her valentines from preschool…so adorable!

February 16, 2013 02:36 PM
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Cynthia said...

My valentines were my husband and my 1 and a half year old son. I baked heart-shaped chocolate cake and chocolate chipped muffins. They were yummy and they both liked them. My little one is a cookie/chocolate monster!

February 16, 2013 02:37 PM
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K. Hall said...

This year my valentine was my cat, Bootsie. I had dinner with my daughter and her family and then Bootsie Boy and I went up stairs to watch our favorite show…The Waltons.

February 16, 2013 02:40 PM
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Angie said...

My valentine was my sweet hubby Neal and we got take out Olive Garden and went to the movie warm bodies. It was a great night out.

February 16, 2013 02:42 PM
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Lia said...

I love this! Simple and cute. My valentine was my boyfriend. We didnt do anything but he surprised me with violets ( my favorite flower), chocolate and a card!! So sweet!!!

February 16, 2013 02:44 PM
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Ema G. said...

I spent my Valentine’s Day with my partner and cat enjoying good food/beer and watching anime :)

February 16, 2013 02:44 PM
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sandra said...

I had homemade bread yesterday.

February 16, 2013 02:45 PM
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seas said...

4 valenties, hubby and 3 boys!

February 16, 2013 02:46 PM
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Cathy said...

Sooo cute! Love the idea! :)

February 16, 2013 02:49 PM
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Kathy S. said...

Can’t get over your endless ideas for cake pops.
Valentine = Husband
Plans = take out dinner and movie on the couch by a roaring fire (perfect)

February 16, 2013 02:50 PM
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Allison @ thebakingyear said...

These are absolutely adorable!!! Love what you’ve done with them!

February 16, 2013 02:52 PM
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Claudia said...

happy valentines day! this year my valentine is my sister who is only two years old :)

February 16, 2013 02:52 PM
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Rhea said...

My favorite valentine is my best friend, who’s been through thick and thin with me!

February 16, 2013 02:55 PM
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Jan said...

Love love love your blog!! You are one of the best creative baking minds of our generation. Thanks for sharing your talent!!

February 16, 2013 02:58 PM
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Phoebe said...

You rock, Bakerella! :D I spent Valentine’s day with family and friends.

February 16, 2013 02:59 PM
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Rebekah said...

My husband was my Valentine! He took me out for a steak dinner and then to FINALLY see Les Miserables! We ended the night with a stop at Starbucks! Best date night so far this year!

February 16, 2013 03:00 PM
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MsMarz said...

I spent the day with my hubby (he’s never had valentines day off in our entire relationship! as is the life of a chef!) and son. we did major grocery shopping and made a nice dinner together. We went out for pie for dessert! It was the best Vday I have had in ages :)

February 16, 2013 03:02 PM
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Natalie said...

My sweet hubby Brian. He’s a keeper. This year I made Star Wars pillowcases for my two little boy valentines, ages 4 & 2.

February 16, 2013 03:04 PM
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Margaret Barry said...

My husband Lou and I spent the evening at home with steamed lobster, a nice French white, and key lime pie. It was delightful.

February 16, 2013 03:04 PM
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Angela Himes said...

My husband is my Valentine! I love him so much! We have 2 little ones, so we haven’t realy made plans except get them in bed early and then sit on the couch, holding hands. :)

February 16, 2013 03:07 PM
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Tracy said...

Love this idea, will totally try this for my next dessert table.
Pinned for future reference too

For V day hubby made me dinner and gave me a sweet gift basket with special things he picked out himself! Loved it!

February 16, 2013 03:08 PM
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Jen said...

I have two kids under two so no plans but my hubs and my boys are my sweet valentines. I love them so much. Just spending time together makes every day worth it!

February 16, 2013 03:18 PM
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Amy said...

I had a great valentines day which was spent with my family in vancouver!

February 16, 2013 03:19 PM
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Ulrike said...

I spend V-Day with my Brother helping him move into his new place. Fun! ;-)

February 16, 2013 03:21 PM
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Cathrine Faergemann said...

My husband, who totally surprised me with a gift :)

February 16, 2013 03:22 PM
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Deb C said...

Quiet evening with my husband of 34 years. You do amazing work..What patience!

February 16, 2013 03:22 PM
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Catie said...

Happy belated Heart’s Day!
My hubby and I spent it watching our darling 8 mo old grandson!!!
We really did have happy hearts.
Cheers
Would LOVE this :)

February 16, 2013 03:23 PM
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Kelsea Beth said...

My Husband, He had to work in the morning and we just spent the day (after he got home) together and cuddling :)

February 16, 2013 03:28 PM
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Leah May said...

I spent the day with my students, surprising them with valentines & a party! Later on that night I had dinner with my girlfriends and babysat my god-daughter so her parents could have a night out! A very busy yet fun day filled with love!!!

February 16, 2013 03:29 PM
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Fariah said...

Hi! Cute project idea!

I prepped our pup to work his first day as a therapy dog for our students. He brought so much love and joy to their day.

Thank you for the opportunity to win :)

Happy Valentines Day!

February 16, 2013 03:33 PM
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Sandra said...

So cute!

The hubby has been my valentine for the past 15 years. So lucky :)

February 16, 2013 03:33 PM
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Kel said...

My Valentine’s plans consisted of homemade butternut squash soup, honey mustard chicken, and friends gathered around to chat, laugh, and watch “Parks & Recreation.”

February 16, 2013 03:41 PM
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Ashwaq said...

OMG! Serious cute attack! I love this! I love your website.
Dear bakerella.com, Will you be my valentine? Hehe i’m talking to a website!

February 16, 2013 03:42 PM
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Sara said...

Happy Valentine’s Day! My valentine would be that iPad.

February 16, 2013 03:44 PM
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Kelsey said...

My Valentine is my boyfriend, Fergus. We went out for a great dinner together and then watched some of our favourite shows while eating heart shaped sugar cookies we made together! Little by little he bakes more with me! It’s more fun than doing it alone.

February 16, 2013 03:48 PM
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Christine said...

Didn’t do much on V-day, but I did make some cookies and brought them in to work!

February 16, 2013 03:54 PM
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wumples said...

Mini cake pops! How precious!

I spent Valentine’s day with my boyfriend. We made dinner at home, and I surprised him with homemade spicy dark chocolate truffles. Nomnomnom! Then we saw a movie. Simple and lovely!

February 16, 2013 03:54 PM
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Carmen said...

My husband is my Valentine and has been for over 20 years. We were traveling the week before and just arrived back on the 13th, so we didn’t want to do too much by he cooked us filet Mignon with pan-fried mushrooms and onions, and potato pancakes for dinner.

February 16, 2013 03:55 PM
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Katy said...

I have to say my Valentine’s (don’t just have one) would be my kids and Husband of 16 years. We stayed in and decorated cookies.

February 16, 2013 03:56 PM
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Kelly said...

That would be my amazing husband! This was our first “married” V-Day, and he did very well! :D

February 16, 2013 04:01 PM
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Kasey said...

My wonderful Fiance! We had to delay our Valentines day plans to accommodate work schedules, but we’ll have a nice quiet dinner at home and cuddle up with netflix this weekend.

February 16, 2013 04:01 PM
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Stine Marie Larsen said...

Valentines day for me included staying at my university all day and all night.. These cake-pops would have come in handy ;-)

February 16, 2013 04:02 PM
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Danielle Freiermuth said...

Well, I have to comment if there is a possibility that I could win an Ipad mini! I had a movie night with my best friend for Valentine’s day =]

February 16, 2013 04:07 PM
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Kirsten said...

Soooooo cute!

February 16, 2013 04:07 PM
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david said...

My valentine is ….me!!!

February 16, 2013 04:08 PM
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Eliza said...

I spent Valentine’s Day with my two loves – my husband and son <3

February 16, 2013 04:12 PM
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Kirsten said...

My Valentines are my husband and 4 children. We just traded simple notes for valentines day, and my husband brought me and the girls each our own bouquet of flowers :)

February 16, 2013 04:13 PM
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Pboothy@aol.com said...

My grand kids.

February 16, 2013 04:20 PM
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amyt said...

those are soooo cute!!!!!

February 16, 2013 04:21 PM
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Angel said...

I didn’t have a Valentine! WHOOOOOOH! :D

But I did spend the day with friends and had a nice dinner with my family.

February 16, 2013 04:25 PM
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Angela said...

My valentine is my hubby of 18 years – met when we were 17 and been together ever since :)

February 16, 2013 04:26 PM
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Aixa said...

We spent it with the family. We BBQed and had a great time. No need to go wait at a fancy restaurant to get served.

February 16, 2013 04:30 PM
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Mariana said...

My Valentine is my husband… I hosted a valentine dinner party full of fun decorations and for dessert I made red heart cake pops and your ice cream bombons…yummy!

February 16, 2013 04:33 PM
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Ailee said...

My valentines are my family. I’ve been away at college for six weeks and haven’t seen them yet–that’s the longest we’ve ever been apart. Today (Saturday) I finally get to see my beautiful mother, my dad who’s also my best friend, and my four younger siblings. Happy valentine’s day!

February 16, 2013 04:33 PM
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Chrissy B said...

I spent Valentines Day with my handsome Husband, 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son. I made puff pastry chicken, green beans with bacon, salad, french bread and a yummy dessert. Then we finished the night with little gifts for each other. It was a wonderful night!

February 16, 2013 04:38 PM
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Sharon said...

Love your site! For Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend and I cooked dinner together and watched a rented movie.

February 16, 2013 04:39 PM
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Elle said...

My valentines were my bed and two handsome men named Ben and Jerry.

February 16, 2013 04:43 PM
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Joanna said...

My Valentines are my husband and boys. We are celebrating with dinner out Sunday night.

February 16, 2013 04:56 PM
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Rachelle N. said...

My Valentine is my awesome husband, Roland. He cooked filet mignon, fish fry, cole slaw, and baked macaroni and cheese for our Valentine’s Day dinner. We had banana cream pie and Jeni’s brown butter almond brittle ice cream (inspired by your post) for dessert! =) Awesome display, by the way. You’re amazing, Bakerella!

February 16, 2013 04:58 PM
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Erin J said...

My valentine is my handsome husband, and we spent the evening at home, making enchiladas together and watching a movie!

February 16, 2013 05:01 PM
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Jessie said...

My boyfriend SHOULD be my valentine. But long distance is a problem. So, my dad bought be chocolates instead. But THEN, I got a surprise bouquet of flowers. But I also treated myself to some heart shaped whoopie pies.

February 16, 2013 05:07 PM
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Allison McDonough said...

My valentine is my boyfriend – our first date was actually on Valentine’s Day (because we both checked our calendars and agreed on February 14 without realizing, and then after we noticed our folly, we decided that the ONLY possible way to have a first date on Valentine’s Day was to go the the DIVIEST dive bar in town). Anyway, it worked out!

This year, we went only out for dinner, but I bought him a mead tasting and beer-making class (sensing a trend here?) so Valentines will live on until we do both!

February 16, 2013 05:07 PM
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Mary said...

My Valentine was my favorite dog Scouty! We just hung out at home.

February 16, 2013 05:11 PM
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Karen said...

My valentine is my hubby and my 4 awesome daughters. I love that Valentines Days has turned into a family affair…more love to give and more love to get! We always celebrate the same way, lobster tail and steak, couple veggies, and dessert.

February 16, 2013 05:12 PM
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Diana said...

Hi! I made little chocolate cupcakes for my kids to share at school…and just stayed at home sice my husband was out of town.

February 16, 2013 05:14 PM
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Kimberly said...

So cute!

February 16, 2013 05:20 PM
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Steph said...

Hi! This is super cute — I love the LOVE and XOXO ones the best!

My V-day was just spent with my loved ones (my awesome family) :)

February 16, 2013 05:21 PM
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Jessica Flores said...

HII!!!! My valentine and I baked cookies! they were sugar cookies and i had an amazing time!

February 16, 2013 05:26 PM
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Jody Treadon said...

My valentine was my dear husband! I spent the day running the bakery while he cleaned our home kitchen, so sweet.

February 16, 2013 05:26 PM
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Natalie said...

I was lucky enough to have 3 valentines this year – my mom, aunt and sister. We had a great dinner out and then exchanged silly presents that we had wrapped and left under the “Valentine’s Day Tree” – a small plant that we had covered in heart decorations!!

February 16, 2013 05:28 PM
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Valerie said...

My valentine is my daughter!

February 16, 2013 05:28 PM
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Amy said...

Hi! Our day was filled with school valentines, treats and happy smiles.

February 16, 2013 05:29 PM
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Tiffany Giessner said...

My Valentine would be my wonderful husband of 11 years!! Xoxo

February 16, 2013 05:32 PM
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Tiffany Giessner said...

My Valentine would be my wonderful husband of 11 years! Xoxo

February 16, 2013 05:34 PM
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Dawn said...

My valentine is my husband who was very understanding when I spent the evening finding a nursing home for my dad instead of spending the evening with him.

February 16, 2013 05:39 PM
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Keeley Reynolds said...

My Valentine is my boyfriend and his one year old puppy :) We had to study for finals. Life of a grad student.

February 16, 2013 05:40 PM
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Luann Tadych said...

I love your site. My Valentine and I are going to dinner with friends. All of us have been friends since kindergarten (that was about 44 years ago) so we have exchanged numerous valentines with each other.
Valentines day is for all of the loves of our life.

February 16, 2013 05:41 PM
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Priya said...

Unfortunately my sweetheart is in FL while I am in CA. We mailed each other cards and presents, and that’s good enough for me :)

February 16, 2013 05:41 PM
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Sandy S. said...

I focused on the older folks in my life this year. Made secret valentines for my elderly neighbors who are living alone. Such fun to see their reactions when they open their front door and see special things sitting on their porch! :)

February 16, 2013 05:42 PM
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Courtney said...

I spent Valentines Day with my daughter it’s just her and I and has been for the last 7 years. We opened our gifts to one another and then watched the Valentine Monster high

February 16, 2013 05:47 PM
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Jenny said...

I spent valentine’s day with my two daughters (4 and 3) and we made cupcakes for the girls and a heart shaped coffee cake for my husband. We had a ball despite baking in the 35degree heat! :-) We had very runny icing!

February 16, 2013 05:48 PM
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Becky T. said...

my valentine was my bed since i spent that night sick and sleeping.

February 16, 2013 05:55 PM
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Jami said...

My valentines were my kids, my husband and 2 rescue dogs. We had cheeseburgers and green beans. Then, I had to drive to swim team practice! Loving the minipops!!!!

February 16, 2013 05:57 PM
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Marianne said...

My valentine is my beloved boyfriend Thomas, we had a wonderfull dinner together. You can see what I’ve made on my blog :).

Your tiny cakepops are too cute ! Love it !

February 16, 2013 05:58 PM
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Linda said...

I <3 your cake pops! My valentine brought me tulips!

February 16, 2013 06:01 PM
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Geraldine Scott said...

My favorite Valentine for 35 years is my hubby! This year we flew from California to the Midwest to spread Valentine cheer to our four grand kids! FUN!

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

I spent Valentine’s with the cutest people I know, my nieces and nephew.

February 16, 2013 06:11 PM
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karen said...

What a great idea! Got me thinking that I could do a really cute variation for my daughter’s sorority it in their greek letters. Their colors are lavender and maroon. Not sure about getting a good maroon coating but I could go a bit pinker. And then how to transport it – not a problem if I’m driving but if I’m flying . . .

Something fun to consider! Needless to say my valentines are my family.

Thanks

February 16, 2013 06:11 PM
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Cindy B. said...

My dear husband!

February 16, 2013 06:11 PM
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Faba said...

Plans were to hang out with friends, and play soccer with them.

February 16, 2013 06:13 PM
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Jessica said...

My valentine is my wonderful boyfriend of four years. We went to a fabulous dinner to celebrate our love for each other!

February 16, 2013 06:15 PM
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tiffanie said...

Oh hi! That’s a lot of mini cake pops, and a lot of comments, too! You’re super!

February 16, 2013 06:16 PM
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Ashlyn said...

My valentine(s) are my Sweet Jesus and my family for now! :) and we went shopping and ate chocolate. and grilled out. was a very nice day!! :)

February 16, 2013 06:18 PM
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olivia said...

my dad was my valentine! :)

February 16, 2013 06:19 PM
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