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.


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.


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.


  • 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…


… 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.
brooke ackley said...

Spending the day as a family with my husband and our 3 little ones. Happy valentines to you. Brooke.

February 14, 2013 05:03 AM
Kellee said...

My Valentine is my husband! We just got married on New Year’s Eve…well, actually at 12:02 on January 1 but the party started at 7:00 on NYE :)

February 14, 2013 05:03 AM
Fiona said...

Such a wonderful idea – thinking about personalizing further but maybe doing white and blue for my lovely fiance x

February 14, 2013 05:03 AM
Penny Freeman said...

Happy V Day,

Whilst i have no one to make 350 cake pops for I always look forward to seeing an email in my inbox from bakerella!
Thank you for your fabulous creations x

February 14, 2013 05:04 AM
Ela said...

I loooove your cakepop ideas!!! I will fix those minis for my husband this afternoon – he’s always on a diet so those are a great idea!!! :-) I will be going out for dinner with my husband and my 5 months old son tonight.

February 14, 2013 05:04 AM
Denise Fiorilla said...

Well, I am homebound with a broken back so I will be home with my boys. However, I do have ingredients to make a nice heart cake.

February 14, 2013 05:05 AM
Leonie said...

Since my SO is in another country, I will most likely bake a cake and stuff myself silly with it :´)

February 14, 2013 05:05 AM
Abbe BG said...

My hubby and I will rendezvous at a wonderful Cajun place to do a late Mardis Gras/Valentine day evening. Adding a little spice to the already loving day couldn’t hurt!!

February 14, 2013 05:05 AM
Sandie said...

My kiddos are home from school so we’ll be baking up some chocolate chip muffins :D

February 14, 2013 05:06 AM
Anisa said...

I don’t have a Valentine :( Valentine is to celebrate the ones you love so I’m just gonna spend the day with my family :D
and maybe i’ll have a cookie to celebrate such a love filled day :D :D xxx

February 14, 2013 05:07 AM
Iria said...

Hi! I’m loving your display idea. I will celebrate Valentines with my kids. Maybe to the movies and eat out!

February 14, 2013 05:07 AM
Jana said...

What a cute idea! I haven’t planned anything special for Valentine. My boyfriend and I are after almost 4 years still crazy about each other! We send little love notes and the whole apartment is covered with post-its with sweet messages on it. So I guess Valentine is just another love day like the other 364 days are :-). We don’t need a special day to say: I love you!

February 14, 2013 05:10 AM
Jen Ray said...

My Valentines are my husband, son, and daughter! We are spending the night in celebrating with our family. The iPad would be perfect to help my daughter! She is ten months old and has been diagnosed with multiple developmental delays. Her physical therapist just showed us some apps that could help her. My fingers are crossed! Have a wonderful Valentine’s day with the ones you love!!

February 14, 2013 05:12 AM
Lynn said...

My Valentines are my two grandbabies who will be born soon. I would love to be able to use this to make treats for them as they get older.

February 14, 2013 05:12 AM
Kim Patterson said...

I have to deliver some cake pops I made today for a friend’s husband. Tonight we are going out for a special family dinner!

February 14, 2013 05:13 AM
Karina said...

My husband and my almost one year old daughter are my Valentine’s! Nothing special planned, just a night at home. I love your blog BTW! I have been following you almost since the beginning when my friend told me about these cake pop things that are so cool. I made them April of 2009 for our Women’s conference at church. Thanks so much for the inspiration! So proud of all the amazing work and how far you have come in a few short years.

February 14, 2013 05:15 AM
Caroline said...

Happy Valentine’s Day!! I’ll be spending most of the day with my fab husband who’s going to be making steaks for tea followed by his homemade creme brulee :) Also going to see some of my friends for tea and cake this afternoon – the best of both worlds!!

February 14, 2013 05:17 AM
Azyan Z said...

Im spending Valentine’s Day at home baking with my sister in this really cold rainy weather where Im at!

February 14, 2013 05:17 AM
Heidi said...

My hubby is/was my Valentine. We go out on the 13th each year to celebrate. We a avoid the prefix/expensive menus that seem to be the norm on the 14th :)

Happy Valentines!!

February 14, 2013 05:18 AM
Renee said...

Spending V day with my two daughters – I think heart shaped pizza is on the menu for tonight!

February 14, 2013 05:19 AM
Melanie said...

I will celebrate Valentines Day with my hubby…we will be going out this weekend!

February 14, 2013 05:20 AM
Nancy said...

Happy Valentine’s Day! Those minis are so cute!

My valentine is my husband and we plan to just relax at home tonight.

February 14, 2013 05:20 AM
Anette said...

I am going to the movie with my 3 lovely children. They are my Valentines.
Happy valentine

February 14, 2013 05:22 AM
Jordan said...

My plans for this lovey day is to spend it at home with my husband and my 21 month old son and lay as many kisses as I can on each of them until they get sick of it. :)

February 14, 2013 05:22 AM
Suzanne C said...

Everyone is my Valentine – spread the love i say.Too much hate in the world. :)

February 14, 2013 05:22 AM
Amanda said...

Genius! This is so cute, love it.

February 14, 2013 05:23 AM
Toni caiola said...

Sadly I’m working. but I will be baking up V-day treats this weekend for my wonderful family!

February 14, 2013 05:23 AM
Cecily said...

Hi Bakerella!

My valentine is my hunny of 8 years! we are going out for the first time in a long tine this weekend!!! Kids, school, take up so much time! Cant wait! oh… and i love the mini’s, they are toooo cute!


February 14, 2013 05:23 AM
laura said...

Not doing anything for Valentines Day, but i love your blog and your cute little mini pops! have a great day xox

February 14, 2013 05:24 AM
Frady said...

Hi! Theses cake pops are adorable!

February 14, 2013 05:24 AM
Marilyn said...

Thank you for always being a true inspiration! I love your blog, you always have a very positive, upbeat blog .. THANK YOU! We have made your cake pops and enjoy the process, however we have never been brave enough to take on the decorating. You always make it look so easy…just haven’t gone that far. One of these days! Thank you for the great give-a-way!

February 14, 2013 05:24 AM
Anette said...

I am going to the movie with my 3 lovely children on valentine.
They are my Valentines.
Happy valentine

February 14, 2013 05:25 AM
Denise said...

Hi there! My valentine is my hubby of 8 years and my two babies who are 3 and 4. My hubby and I plan to have a much needed date night at our favorite restaurant while my babies will be with grandma and grandpa. But we won’t stay away too long because we will miss being them too much. Happy Valentines!! XOXOXO

February 14, 2013 05:25 AM
Janice said...

I have no valentine… My plans for the 14th are to work :(

February 14, 2013 05:26 AM
Suzanne said...

My valentine is my 11 year old golden retriever, Rosie. She’s always there for me.

February 14, 2013 05:26 AM
Corinne Portzline said...

My Valentine is my Husband and our first child, our 3 month old daughter, Lorelei! We plan on spending the night in with her, enjoying her first Valentine’s Day! (And probably indulging in some chocolate ourselves!!)

February 14, 2013 05:26 AM
Joy said...

You’re a baking genius! I’ll spend Valentine’s Day with the hubs & our kids.

February 14, 2013 05:27 AM
Chad White said...

I am spending Valentines Day helping with a chocolate bake off at my work, and then coming home to take my lovely wife out for a nice meal. Being able to gift her with an iPad would be the icing on the cake (pop)!

February 14, 2013 05:27 AM
Sarima Jasmin said...

my boyfriend who was also my childhood friend that used to sit in front of me in school. we rarely spoke to each other back then and even lost touch for awhile but fate let us meet again about ten years later to fall in love. i’ll just be having a simple dinner with him cos that’s all we both really need. hope you have a great one too!

February 14, 2013 05:28 AM
Dora said...

My hubby of 27 years is and always will be my Valentine!
Love these mini version of the regular sized pops, so cute!

February 14, 2013 05:29 AM
Mary De Bastos said...

My Valentine is my husband! Our 5 yr anniversary is next week! I’ll be celebrating with my husband and our 2 yr old son in Scotland!

February 14, 2013 05:32 AM
Christina W. said...

Spending the day with my sweet 9 month old son.

February 14, 2013 05:33 AM
K Yu said...

I’ll be out of the country, so just working and traveling.

February 14, 2013 05:34 AM
Ellie said...

I’m going to spend today doing a bit of homework (as we’ve had the week off and I haven’t done any yet… :L) and then I’m goin to polish my cadet parade shoes to make them all shiny and beautiful and if I have a spare minute or two I’m going to make some cupcakes :D

February 14, 2013 05:35 AM
Mary Jane said...

My valentine is my husband Steve of 30 years <3!

February 14, 2013 05:36 AM
Sue P. said...

No special plans for the day….I baked your mini valentine cupcakes to bring to work……Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

February 14, 2013 05:36 AM
Angela C. said...


February 14, 2013 05:38 AM
Karen said...

So cute!! My valentine is my husband and we both teach at the same school. They’re hosting a special lunch- the orchestra will play and they’re having pics taken. It’ll be a fun lunch date.

February 14, 2013 05:38 AM
Liz P said...

My valentine is my husband. This is our first valentines day as a married couple, so I’m hoping its extra special!

February 14, 2013 05:39 AM
Arlene said...

Happy Valentine’s Day to you!!!
Am planning a simple but cozy dinner; just hope everything turns out well….

February 14, 2013 05:40 AM
Mary Lou said...

Spending Valentines Day with my husband, going to a high school basketball game and out for a snack afterwards!

February 14, 2013 05:41 AM
Lysa said...

My valentines are my husband , my sweet nieces , my mom and my mother in law. We plan to part of the night with my mom in law of has dementia . She loves oero’s so I’ll make
Oreo’s cake pops! :)

February 14, 2013 05:41 AM
Lisa said...

My Valentine is my boyfriend.
Met him by chance and already been through much together.

Love him so much! Can’t be with him today but we have a skype-date later tonight!

February 14, 2013 05:41 AM
Lou Ann Walker said...

My Valentine is Friend…. yep, that’s his name… My husband, My Friend, My one true love…. Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2013 05:42 AM
Cristina said...

My friend and I don’t have valentine’s this year so we’re going out to dinner together for an awesome girls night!

February 14, 2013 05:43 AM
Julie said...

You are so talented! My Valentine’s are my husband Bryan and my 2 year old son and newborn daughter!

February 14, 2013 05:43 AM
Chloe said...

I’m planning on just baking something cute with hearts on top :)

February 14, 2013 05:44 AM
amy said...

My Valentines are my husband, who has naturally forgot that today was V-Day and my 2 girls. We would love to plan something nice but since today is the normal chaos of Thursday, we will do the cards today and something yummy for the weekend.
Happy Valentines Day!

February 14, 2013 05:44 AM
Ramona said...

My Valentines are my four grandchildren…little do they know I am taking them to Disney World in 51 days. They are the love of my life, sweet, innocence, and so full of wonder.

February 14, 2013 05:45 AM
Sarah said...

My valentines will be my lovely students and we plan to have a class party!

February 14, 2013 05:45 AM
Shakira A. said...

My valentine is Ryan H. We have no plans today because of work. I love your mini pops. Keep up great work!

February 14, 2013 05:45 AM
Jill said...

My valentine is my hubby!

February 14, 2013 05:46 AM
Kristin said...

My husband is my Valentine. We celebrate by having dinner with our children.

February 14, 2013 05:47 AM
Yvonne said...

My Valentine is in a rehab but I spend every day with him as he recovers from a broken hip. I made him some of his favorite candy.

February 14, 2013 05:48 AM
Atashi said...

My Valentine is my boyfriend of course :) I’m baking right now for him and this evening we will watch “A Good Day to Die Hard” because we love this movies… :D

February 14, 2013 05:48 AM
Darlene Visser said...

I just love everything about your site, you make the most beautiful and fun things! Just checking out what you made for Valentine’s Day… Valentine is my husband Tom to whom I’ve been married to for over 22 years, we’re not really doing anything special this day, work for both of us, I just received some sad new just an hour ago, my old boss passed away this morning on Valentine’s Day,only 68 years old, what a sad day this will be for his family, I worked for him for 20 years and will never forget him!XX Darlene Visser

February 14, 2013 05:48 AM
Marianne G. said...

I’ll be celebrating with my husband of 30 years! Hopefully going out to dinner.

February 14, 2013 05:50 AM
Joyce said...

My valentine is my husband! This is our first Valentine’s as a married couple and we want to kick things off low-key. I have received flowers and chocolates yesterday and tonight we’ll be wining and dining at a local eatery. Happy Valentine’s day, Bakerella!

February 14, 2013 05:50 AM
Deborah said...

My valentine recently had his knee replaced and is in rehab. So I will be doing something romantic but bring it to him. Take out with candles, and something sweet for dessert. Of course the setting stinks, but it will be a memory we will talk about next year. Happy Valentines!

February 14, 2013 05:51 AM
Tara Lynn said...

I have two valentines: my husband and my two year old son. But I’m leaving on a business trip valentines day morning :( So I’m leaving some little presents for them to find when they get home!

February 14, 2013 05:51 AM
Brenda Oxley said...

Love the mini cake balls!
This year for Valentine’s Day, I am making a big ‘ ole pot of chili, my famous cornbread and lots of cupcakes! We (my husband and myself) are having a family celebration. Two of my sons, one of my daughter- in-laws and two grand daughters will be coming over to celebrate. I’m so excited! Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2013 05:51 AM
Emily said...

Scott. No plans

February 14, 2013 05:53 AM
Lauren said...

How cute are these! My valentine is my amazing fiancé. Scheduled to have come home from deployment on Tuesday only to be delayed, I am hoping he will be home today so we can celebrate our second 1st Valentines Day since last year he was deployed as well. Fingers crossed!
Happy Valentines Day!

February 14, 2013 05:53 AM
Sue said...

My husband is my Valentine, but I think you are his. He loves when I experiment with your ideas and he gets to be the “taste tester”.

February 14, 2013 05:53 AM
Vanessa Rudd said...

My husband & 3 beautiful children. My husband bought home French champagne, chocolates and cooked me dinner.

February 14, 2013 05:53 AM
Marei said...

I´m going to have sushi with my best (male) friend for dinner and after that watch “Harry and Sally”. For dessert there are some chocolate covered Cake Pops I baked yesterday (first try and they are gooood) :)

February 14, 2013 05:53 AM
jen r said...

My Valentines are my husband and 3 kids!!! I will spend today at school for the Valentine parties and tonight we will hang out together. If i had seen this mini cakepops earlier, I may have made them for tje school parties!!! There is always next year!!

Thanks for the terrific ideas!!!

February 14, 2013 05:54 AM
fargopatt said...

yesterday was my birthday, so this would be a great thing to celebrate it!!! :)
let´s see what my Valentine has prepared for today!!! hope a big chocolate something!!! (when we say chocolate, doesn´y matter what!!)
have fun today!!

February 14, 2013 05:54 AM
Lauren said...

Hi! My valentine is my husband of almost five years and we had red velvet cupcakes with the cutest little fondant bear that we haven’t been able to bring ourselves to eat yet. How can sugar be so cute??

February 14, 2013 05:54 AM
Steph said...


February 14, 2013 05:55 AM
Wendy Mitchell said...

It’s already Valentine’s Day and we haven’t decided! Not big planners here… :) But I love your mini cake pops! Too cute!

February 14, 2013 05:56 AM
Robyn black said...

Your creativity absolutely astounds me!!! Happy valentines day!

February 14, 2013 05:57 AM
Nicole said...

My Valentine is my husband.
Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2013 05:57 AM
Sarah said...

My Valentine is my husband and we are staying in with our 3 girls tonight. Love them!!!

February 14, 2013 05:57 AM
Dee Dee said...

Happy St. Valentine’s day to the Saint of Cake Pops! You are an inspiration! My Valentine and I will be watching our son play a double-header of basketball games, then family date night dinner out on Friday. And there will be lots of chocolate!

February 14, 2013 05:58 AM
La Joy Evans said...

Love this! Thanks for sharing. My valentine is my lovely mother and I will be taking her to dinner and I had my cake lady make me the most adorable cookie! They are conversation hearts, one says “I love you more than..” and the remainder have different says like “a fat kid loves cake” and “the stars love the sky” Happy VDay!

February 14, 2013 05:58 AM
Karyn said...

My valentine is my wonderful handsome best guy Tony….If I win the mini it goes to him since he bought me one for Christmas! Thanks Bakerella for all the creative ideas and all the awesome opportunities to win such great gifts. Happy Valentines Day..

February 14, 2013 05:59 AM
Liz Desjardins said...

My valentine is my hubby!! The best Valentine ever!

February 14, 2013 05:59 AM
Michele said...

Happy Valentine’s Day!! I’m a happy, healthy woman living an awesome life full of many, many special valentines. I wouldn’t trade any of them for the world. Have a great day!!

February 14, 2013 05:59 AM
Jennifer Palazzolo said...

Hello! My valentine is my husband! We’ve been married for almost 18 years (since I was 21)!! He’s currently going through radiation therapy to his neck/throat and can only eat smoothies, so no big valentines dinner plans. Actually, our son’s school has scheduled teacher conferences for tonight, so I’ll be at school. Oh, and I did make yummy treats for all those teachers stuck at school for the entire Valentines day/evening! I also packed adorable “heart-filled” lunches for our two kids…my sweeties :) !

February 14, 2013 06:00 AM
Nicole said...

My valentine is my husband. Since he has to work on valentine’s day night this year, I’m celebrating with my kids with a special dinner in.

February 14, 2013 06:00 AM
Kari said...

Valentines will be spent with my sick daughter, hoping my other daughter doesn’t get sick too!

Happy Valentines Day!

February 14, 2013 06:01 AM
Dawn said...

I will be resting after I made 60 conversation heart shaped cookies for both my kid’s classes. Already wrapped up or I would share a pic. So fun!

February 14, 2013 06:02 AM
Jen said...

Nothing special planned for Valentine’s Day.

February 14, 2013 06:02 AM
Carrie Mohr said...

? Every year my children are my Valentines! I know people like to get all mushy and talk about their spouse….but my heart will ALWAYS belong to the LOVES of my life…my 3 WONDERFUL children! Autumn, Collin & Kaylee….I LOVE YOU! ?

February 14, 2013 06:04 AM
Leslie H. said...

Super cute mini pops! Love them and their teeny tiny sprinkles!
My valentine is my hubby…today is our FIVE year wedding anniversary! I bought him a new wedding band with the lyrics of our song engraved inside “you had me from hello”, and we are going on a beach trip weekend away this weekend!
I might just get to work on some cake pops for us to take with us for the weekend tonight!

February 14, 2013 06:04 AM
Kelly said...

These designs are awesome! Happy Valentine’s Day! This year my date is my 15 month old son – we are going to dinner with Grandma & Grandpa! <3

February 14, 2013 06:04 AM
Shannon said...

My Valentine is my husband of 15 years, Mike! No special plans just hanging out at home.

February 14, 2013 06:05 AM
Tina said...

Hi!!! xoxo

February 14, 2013 06:05 AM
Alyssa G said...

Unfortunately, I don’t have a Valentine this year but I decided to make treats for some of my best gals (pictures are posted on my Instagram). I made sugar cookies and sugar cookie cake sandwich pops–I sandwiched a cake ball between two heart-shaped sugar cookies, popped it on a stick, and coated the edges in candy melts. My friends LOVED them!

February 14, 2013 06:05 AM
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