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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Rainie said...

i made red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting for Valentines day! c:

February 16, 2013 06:24 PM
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Kristi Thom said...

A lovely evening in with lots of great food for my hubby, my 4.75 kids and I: ) pure Bliss!

February 16, 2013 06:28 PM
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Nicole said...

My valentine is my sister, my best best friend! No plans for valentine’s day because she is on the opposite end of the country– I miss you!

February 16, 2013 06:58 PM
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Michelle Whitlow said...

Those are so cute!!! That would be so fun for a party! I made some cute (simple) cupcakes for all of my Valentine’s…my 3 kids & hubby :)

February 16, 2013 06:59 PM
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Beverly said...

With my husband and daughter!

February 16, 2013 06:59 PM
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Vivian said...

My valentine was my dog :) We had a skype date!

February 16, 2013 06:59 PM
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Ben said...

My valentine was my wife of 25 years! We had a nice dinner at home for Valentine’s day.

February 16, 2013 07:00 PM
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Mischelle Myers-Arnoult said...

Just popped in to check out your brain for green velvet… and looky, lookie…just in time to grab a little love!! My amazing hubby came home from a moto trip in Mexico and spent the early afternoon in our daughter’s classroom. made an amazing dinner for the whole family and finished with a heart shaped molten lava cakes!! YUM!

February 16, 2013 07:02 PM
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Michelle said...

My valentine was my husband, of course! We had a lovely dinner and watched a movie together with the dogs :)

February 16, 2013 07:02 PM
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kellyA said...

My Valentine’s day was super sweet! I made taco pie for my family in a heart shaped pan. It’s one of their favorites but it is terrible, IMO, and not very healthy so I just make it once a year. We had the BEST chocholate cake from Miette in San Francisco.. Just a thin slice for each of us – it was actually left over from my birthday on the 13th! Thanks for the chance to win. Sure would make a nice belated bday gift for me!!

February 16, 2013 07:03 PM
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josefina sosa said...

holaaaa!!! para el día de San Valentín hice unos red velvet cupcakes, fueron un total éxito!!! lo pasamos en familia con mis 4 hijas y mi amado esposo. muchos saluditos y me encantó tu forma de celebrar este día con tus cake pops :D

February 16, 2013 07:03 PM
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Kristy B said...

My valentines were my husband and 4 year old son. We made heart pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream for breakfast!

February 16, 2013 07:06 PM
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nic said...

“table real estate?” HILARIOUS.
No official “valentine” but shared with lots of people I love :)

February 16, 2013 07:09 PM
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Donelle said...

Valentine’s Day started with a Valentine party with my youngest son and his parent and me preschool class. Then my husband had to work that night so my boys and I spend Valentine’s Day evening together at home.

February 16, 2013 07:12 PM
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Sarah said...

This is incredible! My husband and I are in awe. :) Hope you had a fabulous Valentine’s Day!

February 16, 2013 07:14 PM
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Claire said...

My valentine is my hubby. We gave each other some cute mini presents on Valentines’ Day, but are actually saving going out to celebrate on Presidents’ Day; I have the day off & we’re going to miss the crowds!

February 16, 2013 07:19 PM
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Karina said...

Hi! I love seeing your creative designs! You are very talented. My Valentine was my amazing husband Eric. <3

February 16, 2013 07:19 PM
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Caitlin said...

My valentine is my sweet husband. We stayed in and watched some tv and ate Chinese food. It was very nice.

February 16, 2013 07:20 PM
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Amanda said...

HI Bakerella! Super cute display! My newest valentine is my sweet 24 day old little man! He melts my heart;) I gave him kisses and he gives me joy…(and some spit up, but who cares when he’s so darn cute!)

February 16, 2013 07:22 PM
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Christina W said...

Hey Lady!! My valentines are my 2 daughters and my husband. Although my husband doesn’t celebrate this “holiday”, it was fun for my girls to get into the Love spirit.

February 16, 2013 07:23 PM
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Kris said...

My Valentine is my husband of 25 years – Tim.

February 16, 2013 07:23 PM
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Sofhan said...

As a student, I had a midterm and my class ended at 10pm at night!LOL! Talk about being on your own!=P

February 16, 2013 07:26 PM
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Michelle said...

Your mini cakepops look great!

February 16, 2013 07:27 PM
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Christina said...

My Valentine’s is my husband and children and we attended a play for Valentine’s called The Red Velvet Cake War put on by the local high school.

February 16, 2013 07:31 PM
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Michele K said...

Love the display and LOVE template! My Valentine is my husband of almost 13 years and the evening was spent with him and our 2 sons together <3

February 16, 2013 07:32 PM
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Lauren Collins said...

I didn’t have a Valentine this year…..I just did school work. :)

February 16, 2013 07:33 PM
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Nicole said...

SO ADORABLE!!! You have so much patience!!!

February 16, 2013 07:34 PM
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Karen L said...

My valentine is my sweet great niece Emma!

February 16, 2013 07:37 PM
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kim said...

Sam….grilled steak.

February 16, 2013 07:38 PM
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Cristina D. said...

My Valentines are my sweet husband Robbie and my two wonderful dachshunds. I made your peanut butter blossoms with milk and dark hershey kisses as a treat for my coworkers. Needless to say they were all gone within 2 hours. They love the cake pops I make so I think these mini cake pops are definitely worth a try with them.

February 16, 2013 07:39 PM
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Pawdua said...

We were going to celebrate our son’s 13 th bday, he was born Feb 13 th but ended up at the doctors with an acute gall bladder. It went bye bye this morning. No candy or cake pops for me.

February 16, 2013 07:46 PM
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Brittany J said...

Helloo! I sure could use an Ipad!! :)))

February 16, 2013 07:47 PM
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Deborah williams said...

My valentine is my husband Larry, but our son came home from college on Feb. 14 to spend some time with us, so I had two Sweeties that day. Lucky me!

February 16, 2013 07:47 PM
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Lee Ann Prowell said...

My darling husband of 20+ years, Allen. I love him so!

February 16, 2013 07:47 PM
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Lisa in Athens said...

My Valentine was, well, me. (I was told to do that by a wrapper from a heart-shaped piece of Dove chocolate.)
I was very good to myself and to my actual Valentine – my dog, Leroy. A great dinner was enjoyed by both.

February 16, 2013 07:48 PM
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Catherine said...

Hi Bakerella, my valentine this year is…me! And I couldn’t be happier!

February 16, 2013 07:53 PM
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Amy d said...

I stayed in with my husband for a home cooked meal and movie .

February 16, 2013 07:56 PM
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Amber said...

My valentine is my hubby! We didn’t do anything for Valentine’s this year though…

February 16, 2013 07:58 PM
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Renita Y said...

My valentine is my wonderful husband of 3.33 yrs!

February 16, 2013 08:05 PM
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Katie said...

Anything mini always seems to taste better! :) For valentines day, we just spent the evening together eating dinner at home.

February 16, 2013 08:07 PM
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dora t said...

spent valentine’s day baking with some of my best friends (:

February 16, 2013 08:08 PM
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Brittany Farabee said...

My Valentine’s are my sweet husband and my wonderful 9 yr old daughter!! We spent a quiet evening at home with a homemade dinner or salmon and a movie. We also made cake pops the night before so that was or Valentine desert!!

February 16, 2013 08:09 PM
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Naomi Elf said...

My sweet husband is my valentine and would be the recipient of a Mini! :)

February 16, 2013 08:11 PM
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Holly Moser said...

HI! My Valentine is my husband and we spent the day finishing up our vacation in Mexico : ) Sunshine and warm weather was a fantastic way to spend the day.

February 16, 2013 08:12 PM
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Melissa said...

My Valentines were my hubby and my son. We had a good meal and a not so delicious dessert (I tried a new recipe, not a keeper!) but had a very nice night!

February 16, 2013 08:13 PM
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SkippyMom said...

Amazing. The time it must have taken and I love the way you rearranged them. Neat.

February 16, 2013 08:15 PM
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Lex said...

I had two valentines this year…. one was my best friend and we had cake batter pancakes and chocolate sundaes for dessert.

The other was my guy who went out with me friday instead of thursday :)

February 16, 2013 08:15 PM
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Amy @ The Nifty Foodie said...

Oh, these are adorable! My Valentine is my sweet husband. :-)

February 16, 2013 08:16 PM
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Steve Graves said...

My Valentine is my beautiful wife.She brought me homemade heart shaped pizza and mini red cupcakes to work for lunch. We also had our traditional red dinner and red dessert. I love my Valentine.

February 16, 2013 08:18 PM
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Andria K said...

I spent my valentine’s day with my valentine Bryan at a conference in Indiana! My mini valentines Joel and Joy were staying at a friend’s house!

February 16, 2013 08:22 PM
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Krysta said...

Love these! You are so talented!!

February 16, 2013 08:23 PM
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Jennie said...

My valentine is my pup, Miss Emma….

February 16, 2013 08:25 PM
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Janine said...

I have six sweet valentines! My hubby and five cutie pies! We hung out and celebrated vday as a fam! The best!! I’m so very very blessed!

February 16, 2013 08:26 PM
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kerianne said...

No Valentine…did nothing special…hi ;)

February 16, 2013 08:27 PM
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Rebecca said...

Love all three!

February 16, 2013 08:29 PM
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Rachel Marie said...

No plans this year, but hello!

February 16, 2013 08:29 PM
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MelV said...

My valentine is my hubby. It was a special day since it was our first date since he had surgery. We went out for sushi.

February 16, 2013 08:30 PM
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Angelou said...

My Valentine is Harry Styles from One Direction!! haha (x he doesn’t know my existence but i still prefer him as my Valentine :)

February 16, 2013 08:30 PM
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Rebecca said...

My valentine was my boyfriend. We spent a nice, quiet evening at home with soup, BLTs and tiramisu cupcakes.

February 16, 2013 08:32 PM
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Sheila Ach said...

My valentine is my new 2 month old grandson… I spent the day with him and the rest of the family.

February 16, 2013 08:32 PM
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Cassie said...

My Valentine is my fantastic fiance. We had a wonderful dinner out after my boot camp class on Valentine’s Day.

February 16, 2013 08:34 PM
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Sharon said...

Happy Valentines..a couple days late, spent Valentine Day with my daughter in law and grandson eating Chinese and having Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Both of our hubbies were out of town!! Love the pops can’t imagine all that work!

February 16, 2013 08:39 PM
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Dolores Collins said...

My valentine is my wonderful husband, he spoils me so, he took me to outback my favorite place to eat and I got turtles and a beatiful card..

February 16, 2013 08:40 PM
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Maressa said...

My husband and two children are my valentines. We celebrated by sharing yummy chocolate fondue!

February 16, 2013 08:41 PM
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Julie M. said...

Dear Bakerella,

Hi!

For Valentine’s Day I had a little Cinderella party for all the single girls I know, and I made white and dark chocolate “glass slippers” filled with chocolate mousse. I think you would’ve approved.

-Julie

February 16, 2013 08:47 PM
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Clara said...

Great idea, love the look.

February 16, 2013 08:48 PM
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Molly said...

My Valentines were my three fantastic roommates! We traded candies and hokey gifts with each other and had a great singles’ Valentine’s Day :)

February 16, 2013 08:51 PM
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chantelle said...

My loves are my 3 boys-My wonderful husband and our two sons-putting my four year old to bed Valentine’s Eve only made me love him more as he told me he was tired from all the “love” he had given. Pure sweetness!

February 16, 2013 08:51 PM
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Ana said...

I just spent the day with all my pets (5 chinchillas, 5 rats and a yorkie) so I guess they were my Valentines. ahah =)

February 16, 2013 08:54 PM
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Sophi said...

No valentine for me :P

February 16, 2013 08:54 PM
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tina said...

My valentine was my sweet husband and we just hung out at home. Very nice and quiet :)

February 16, 2013 08:55 PM
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Ashley said...

My valentine was M, the love of my life!

February 16, 2013 08:58 PM
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Robyn said...

I have 3 valentines – my husband and 2 kids. I am very blessed :)

February 16, 2013 08:59 PM
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Kaitlyn D said...

My Valentine was my husband! … but don’t tell him; I asked my sweet pup, Early, first. I’m a lucky lady!

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

My husband of 39 years is my Valentine. Worked a 12 !/2 hour shift on Valentine’s Day and then spent the night with my husband.

February 16, 2013 09:03 PM
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Liza said...

Bakerella I love you! You always have such great ideas!

My boyfriend and I couldn’t celebrate on the day so we dedicated the whole weekend to each other – we’re baking together tomorrow and this looks like a great idea to try! He surprised me this morning with breakfast in bed and flowers so I have to do something to return the favour and this looks amazing.

- Liza

February 16, 2013 09:04 PM
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emily said...

My husband & I had dinner at a nearby Thai place. Yummy!

Your display is adorable. :)

February 16, 2013 09:05 PM
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Erin said...

My Valentine is my bf of 4years and this year he spoilt me with red velvet woopie pies!

February 16, 2013 09:07 PM
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Nicole Jennison said...

I spent my valentines day w the 6 special men in my life…my husband and five little sons. My oldest is 6 and he helped me make heart shaped red velvet whoopie pies for us all the enjoy.
Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas.

February 16, 2013 09:07 PM
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Christina C. said...

Sadly, I had a midterm on Valentine’s so I spent the day studying and stressing out with my friends. At least I was in good company! Haha

February 16, 2013 09:10 PM
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Frances C. said...

you are so creative! Perfect-sized treat!

February 16, 2013 09:11 PM
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Beaniesue said...

My Valentine is my kitty Tater Tot! I fed her salmon ;)

February 16, 2013 09:12 PM
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Carie said...

My valentine is my sweet husband!

February 16, 2013 09:13 PM
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Diana Elizondo said...

I wish i had a valentine!!! I stayed up late watching classic movies and eating ice cream with my friends! I would LOVE the ipad mini!!!!! Thanks!

February 16, 2013 09:15 PM
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Brittany D. said...

For Valentines Day, I spent the day with my mom baking valentine cookies and playing games and just having a fun time celebrating our love for each other. Then later that night I had a Skype “date” with one of my dearest and closest friends who moved to another state. He definitely made my night super special! :) <3

February 16, 2013 09:18 PM
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Olivia said...

I love your site! My valentine was my boyfriend. Even though it was a very busy week for both of us and we had agreed to celebrate after the hectic week, he still managed to make Valentine’s extra special. Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s day too! What an amazing cake pop display!

February 16, 2013 09:20 PM
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Anna C said...

Hello!

February 16, 2013 09:20 PM
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kimsch said...

My valentine is the love of my life, my soul mate, my husband.

February 16, 2013 09:20 PM
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Maria Elena said...

My valentine were my two sweet little girls. We decorated and baked cupcakes and also made valentine cards for grandparents.

February 16, 2013 09:21 PM
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Jeromee said...

Ahhhh soo amazzing as always u never let us down!!!! I just started following u on Instagram love that u were in Columbus for some Jenny’s that’s where we live !!!! Happy Valentines day mine was spent with my amazing hubby and two beautiful children!!! Making cookies tomorrow better late than never!!! Thanks bakerella!!!!

February 16, 2013 09:22 PM
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Robyn C said...

My sweet hubby of almost 10 years is my Valentine!

February 16, 2013 09:26 PM
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Sarah said...

Well, it is past Valentine’s Day now, and my husband had to work that night… I had to work during the day. So, it really wasn’t anything special, but an iPad would make it awesome. Hopefully, we’ll get the chance to go out together next weekend when we’re both off. I like to believe that love doesn’t have to settle for holidays.

February 16, 2013 09:34 PM
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Maeghan D.M. said...

I don’t have a valentine, but I spent Valentine’s Day the way I thought I would… relaxing after a day-long interview! TFS!

February 16, 2013 09:36 PM
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Robyn said...

My Valentine is my sweet husband, Aaron.

February 16, 2013 09:37 PM
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Sue W said...

Hi! No plans for Valentine’s Day but wearing red nail polish all month to promote heart health!

February 16, 2013 09:37 PM
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Klementine said...

My valentines…well, does my entire family in general count? We decided to have it late because my mum was away til the weekend, so I’m baking cookies today!

February 16, 2013 09:42 PM
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Beth Pendleton said...

My Valentines are my twin 6 year old boys – and you Bakerella! Love you!

February 16, 2013 09:44 PM
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Carolyn said...

My honey and I laid low because we are saving all our money for a huge summer trip. It was a sweet day anyway! Hope you had a good one!
I absolutely am amazed at all your creations. I don’t know how you do it. I can’t get icing to look nice on my cake pops to save my life!

February 16, 2013 09:48 PM
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Emelie Madel-Toner said...

I spent Valentine’s Day packing to move and baking scones and gluten free cookies for my wonderful friends who came to help. Then had dinner with my family

February 16, 2013 09:49 PM
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Amy L said...

my valentine is my hubby! We stayed in for a romantic dinner alone – with a baby coming in July, it may be a while before we have another “quiet” Valentines! :)

February 16, 2013 09:49 PM
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