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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Cherise Metcalfe said...

My Valentine was my whole family :) we just had a nice, relaxing afternoon baking and giving each other flowers etc :)

February 16, 2013 09:50 PM
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Kathi B said...

My valentines are my hubby and two girls. I was traveling for work this Valentine’s day but they snuck a tiny box of chocolates and a card in my suitcase. I had tears when I unpacked at the hotel.

February 16, 2013 09:51 PM
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katie r said...

my valentine would love the mini!! we did pizza and fell asleep watching basketball.. but tonight we went to a foodie restaurant in town- I had a crab cake on a pretzel roll, it was amazing!

February 16, 2013 09:53 PM
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Rai said...

I made her red velvet cake pops that i place in heart shaped molds.. plus! (i didn’t know it would work) instead of forming balls, i filled an 8 oz. jar with the red velvet and frosting mixture and topped it with white chocolate ganache. :)

February 16, 2013 09:55 PM
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Andrina Derbyshire said...

Watch a basketball game

February 16, 2013 09:58 PM
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Emily Hoffman said...

My husband and 3 kiddos. We made and decorated sugar cookies. It was a mess but fun memories were made!

February 16, 2013 09:59 PM
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Rhea said...

My Valentine is my boyfriend of sixteen years. We had dinner with family.

February 16, 2013 10:05 PM
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michelle said...

My Valentine is my darling horse, Dusty <3

February 16, 2013 10:05 PM
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Charity said...

I really love this idea. I think i’m going to try one of these patterns or i think i might just do all of them. Wish me luck. Thanks for the idea : )

February 16, 2013 10:08 PM
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Remy said...

My beau and I are celebrating life and each other in San Francisco!

February 16, 2013 10:08 PM
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Lavender said...

I love all of your ideas! Thank you for all of the cake pop goodness and your giveaway!

February 16, 2013 10:09 PM
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Rachel said...

I love them and my hubby was my valintine. I took him out for breakfast and got him chocolates.

February 16, 2013 10:13 PM
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la-la-lisa said...

Turkey meatloaf with the family and inlaws. Nothing says I love you like a big ol’ meatloaf.

February 16, 2013 10:16 PM
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Chelsi said...

My Valentine’s consisted of me and my daughter because my husband was at school that night. It was still a great night and because our wedding anniversary is coming up, we plan on celebrating both later. :)

February 16, 2013 10:24 PM
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Brooks said...

My valentine is my amazing fiancé! Valentines day is so busy! We’re planning on a date night tomorrow and just spending all of our time together! I’m very lucky!

February 16, 2013 10:25 PM
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Whitney said...

My Valentine is my boyfriend of 4 months, who sadly lives far away from me in Australia. We planned on an all day for each of us Skype-date with movies and games but was sadly put on hold when his grandmother broke her arm, on top of him getting called into work last minute.

February 16, 2013 10:27 PM
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Laurie said...

My valentines are my family- 3 children and wonderful husband of over 15 years. We had a very relaxing night at home!

February 16, 2013 10:29 PM
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Kelly said...

We celebrated by going out to dinner on Friday because it was also my birthday.

February 16, 2013 10:29 PM
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Laura B said...

My plans were to go out to dinner with the family, but I was sick so we stayed in and ordered dinner in.

February 16, 2013 10:29 PM
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Nancy M said...

My valentine is my husband! :)

February 16, 2013 10:30 PM
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Alla B. said...

My valentines are my wonderful husband and my two sweet kiddos! Love them all so much!!! For valentines day I made your very cute bear cake pops (which were a huge hit at our family party) and chocolate dipped strawberries! Yum!!! Thank you so much for posting all these cuteness!! :)

February 16, 2013 10:36 PM
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Chriss said...

My valentine is my hubby & we stay ing that day with our sick baby.

February 16, 2013 10:40 PM
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Maya said...

Hey Wassup? I am lovin your cake pops ideas! New to the site, though……

February 16, 2013 10:42 PM
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Maria K. said...

Happy belated Valentine’s day! No valentine for me this year, unless you count my lovely kitty.

February 16, 2013 10:45 PM
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Stacie said...

I just enjoyed the lovely chocolates my Sunday School pupils and family got me.

February 16, 2013 10:46 PM
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Alla B. said...

My valentines are my wonderful husband and my two sweet kiddos! Love them all so much!!! For valentines day I made your very cute valentines bear cakepops (which were a huge hit at our family party) and chocolate dipped strawberries. Yum!!! Thank you very much for posting all these cuteness!! :)

February 16, 2013 10:47 PM
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Amy Bell said...

My Valentine is my husband Don :) we went to eat Mexican on valentines day with the kids – we do it every year :)

February 16, 2013 10:49 PM
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Melody said...

My Valentine is Roberto. We spent our 30th Valentine’s Day together this year. Home…pajamas…in bed by 9. :) :)

February 16, 2013 10:50 PM
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Tina said...

Hi! Love your site, love the minis!

February 16, 2013 10:55 PM
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Sondra said...

My valentine is my husband. He sent me beautiful flowers at work. He’s a keeper.

February 16, 2013 11:01 PM
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HW said...

“Hi!” =}

February 16, 2013 11:01 PM
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Brea said...

My valentine is my sweet hubby. We had a low key Valentine’s day at home but then took our 4 year old son to Sea World for the first time this weekend!

February 16, 2013 11:02 PM
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Suzan said...

My husband of 28.5 years and 4 kids! I actually hate going out on Valentine’s day so we always eat in! We made a yummy stir fry together with our kids and my father!

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

This is awesome and so cute! Love the mini idea! I spent Valentine’s with my husband at home- he cooked (he’s a great cook!). Best way to spend it in my opinion :)

February 16, 2013 11:05 PM
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Maria sinhorelli said...

hi

February 16, 2013 11:07 PM
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Cherie Smutnick said...

My Valentine is my best friend of twenty years and my husband of fifteen and a half years. We we out for a quiet dinner and we made plans to do some experiment baking together this weekend. Can’t wait it will be fun trying new recipes and making up our own. :)

February 16, 2013 11:07 PM
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April B said...

My husband grilled steaks for me and our daughters. They were yummy!

February 16, 2013 11:08 PM
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Victoria Oliveira said...

hiiii :)

February 16, 2013 11:08 PM
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Elisa said...

Hi! My valentine is my hubby of almost 15 years! We ordered in sushi and enjoyed dinner with our 2 awesome boys!!

February 16, 2013 11:08 PM
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Tess said...

My valentine is my wonderful husband. We spent Valentine’s Day apart this year but have caught up with a nice weekend of relaxing together.

February 16, 2013 11:10 PM
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Christina said...

My valentines are my friends and family! Everyone of them equally has a special place in my heart!
<3 <3 <3

February 16, 2013 11:11 PM
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jenbenthin said...

My Valentine is my husband and we spent a lovely Valentine’s lunch at the Presidio Social club. It was very romantic and ended with beignets dipped in creme. Delicious!

February 16, 2013 11:11 PM
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Carla Mayfield said...

My Valentine is my husband of 24 years, Troy. On Valentine’s Day, I was the room mother for our fourth grader’s party, so I pretty much came home and collapsed on the couch with an extra nine year old boy careening and screaming around the house. It was very romantic.

February 16, 2013 11:12 PM
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Jackie said...

I don’t have a Valentine this year … so it was Single Awareness Day for me! LOL
But, I guess with the economy, there weren’t nearly as many flowers & goodies delivered at work to others. Sad for them.
The day BEFORE Valentines was great for me and my daughter. We visted your favorite store — Cake Art — and had a blast! Went in to “look around”, spent $72. :)

February 16, 2013 11:13 PM
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Stefanie Gladden said...

Hi!! I love your blog, it’s great! hope you had a great Valentine’s Day!

February 16, 2013 11:21 PM
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Far said...

Hi! :) :) :)

February 16, 2013 11:22 PM
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Ashley said...

Hi! This is seriously cute! :D

February 16, 2013 11:23 PM
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Tricia said...

My valentine is my wonderful husband Chris. Puts up with so much.

February 16, 2013 11:25 PM
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Brittany said...

The hubs, 4 kids, and I spent V day dinner eating heart-shaped pizza on heart plates. Then the 2 of us got to go out for a little sweet dessert.

February 16, 2013 11:26 PM
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Ru said...

Although this year my boyfriend and I had decided to skip this “hallmark holiday” he surprised me when I came home from work at 9:30 pm with dinner on the table and a bouquet of stargazer lilies (my favorite!). To top it all off he brought my mom flowers as well and the sweetest card. He wanted to make sure she knew how much she was loved and appreciated as well since she doesn’t have a valentine of her own. My boyfriend said she didn’t have to worry because he would be her valentine every year :) I would have loved to make this cake “dot” display for him!!! Perhaps for another occasion when I have time! Thanks for always posting the best ideas!

February 16, 2013 11:28 PM
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Farrah said...

My Valentines are my hubby and my two sweet girly girls. We surprised daddy with a special lunch and then daddy and I went out that evening. Nothing romantic, but a nice getaway from the kiddos!

February 16, 2013 11:33 PM
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Holly said...

I made two batches of the Oreo-stuffed hi plate chip cookies you posted earlier and sent them to my brother who is deployed:) I sent him some for Christmas and he loves them!

February 16, 2013 11:34 PM
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Jamie said...

My valentine is my hubby…we’re newlyweds! (3 months) But we actually spent Valentine’s Day serving the married couples of our church together, so it was super fun and rewarding!

February 16, 2013 11:36 PM
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Mollie Kane said...

My boyfriend of 4 years and I went out to a delicious meal on the water and spent Valentine’s day the traditional way. Flowers, chocolates, dinner, the usual. Hope you had a lovely one as well.

February 16, 2013 11:37 PM
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Penny said...

My hubby is my Valentine, and we celebrated the 25th anniversary of our engagement! We stayed home, but we made heart-shaped pizzas, and I baked Pioneer Woman’s heavenly creme-filled cupcakes (you should try them!).

February 16, 2013 11:37 PM
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Holly said...

I made two batches of the Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies you posted earlier, and sent them to my brother. He’s deployed and I had sent him some for Christmas and he loved them and asked for more!

February 16, 2013 11:42 PM
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Marisa said...

My valentines were my lovely son. Hanging out and having Reese’s cups….his favorite.

February 16, 2013 11:45 PM
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Kristy M. said...

My Valentine is my sweet husband… We both worked on Valentine’s Day, but when I got home he had taught our little ones how to make their first mand-made Valentines cards for me. Best Valentine’s gift I could ask for! Oh, and chocolate. :)

February 16, 2013 11:46 PM
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Jackie said...

Hello! My valentine and I spent the night at home with our new baby girl and enjoyed a home cooked meal: smothered pork chops with hurricane potatoes. And to my great surprise my first successful attempt at a layered cake! Strawberry and white layered cake with buttercream frosting in the shape of a heart! So yummy! Just bought your book, so I’m looking forward to trying the cake pops too!

February 16, 2013 11:47 PM
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Megan said...

My Valentine is my fiance Tom, we are both nurses so we spent our Valentine’s day working but we are making up for it next weekend. Love your blog, thanks for the chance!

February 16, 2013 11:47 PM
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Daria said...

My Valentine is my boyfriend Chuck, he is wonderful and we had a very nice dinner at home on Valentine’s Day. Thanks for the chance to win!

February 16, 2013 11:49 PM
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Stephanie Y said...

My valentine is my fiancee! On the 14th we had dinner and watched an animated movie :) (waves) Hi Bakerella!

February 16, 2013 11:50 PM
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chaya said...

My husband is my Valentine and I celebrate valentines day every day!!!!

February 16, 2013 11:52 PM
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Angela said...

My Valentines are my husband of 11 years and our 3 beautiful kids. My husband was working a 12 hour shift on the 14th, so I celebrated with my kiddos.

February 16, 2013 11:53 PM
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Stephanie R. said...

Love the cute mini pops! My sweet husband has been my valentine for over 25 years…time flies! We shared a wonderful meal at a new restaurant in our area.

February 16, 2013 11:53 PM
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Kasey said...

My Valentine was my fellow of 4+ years and our corgi/golden retriever pup and we sat around gorging on pizza and watching Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil (and some Sons of Anarchy later on). It was probably one of the best Valentine’s Days I’ve ever had… short of having my college roommate as my Valentine’s and treating ourselves to a life-size cut out of Aragorn that we bought at the comic shop in Pike’s Place Market…

February 17, 2013 12:02 AM
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Shaheen said...

Valentines are hubby and two kids. Daughter who is 10 and son who is 7. Made red velvet truffles for them :)

February 17, 2013 12:08 AM
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Astrid Brown said...

My valentines were my husband and kids :)

February 17, 2013 12:09 AM
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Marie said...

Spending Valentine’s Day with my dad.

February 17, 2013 12:10 AM
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Karlee said...

Hey Bakerella! My Valentine was my Hubby! Would LOVE this Ipad mini!

February 17, 2013 12:11 AM
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Amber said...

My Valentine was my husband of just under 16 months [I still consider us newlyweds :)]. We went out to dinner then back home to enjoy a movie, I let him pick so it was a horror, of course! :)

February 17, 2013 12:14 AM
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Tina Nguyen said...

I love the mini cakepops! Adorable! and my Valentines was my friend, Nicole. I bought her girl scout cookies and wrote her a letter and we just celebrated our friendship!

February 17, 2013 12:25 AM
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Keely said...

My valentine were my family and my friends. I had a great time, talking on the phone to my best friend, who recently lost her little preemie sister. So it was a mixed feelings conversation.

February 17, 2013 12:27 AM
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Jenn w said...

My valentine was my sweetheart of 23 years! We had a nice dinner and movie at home.

February 17, 2013 12:30 AM
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Windy said...

My hubby and I went to CiCi’s Pizza with our son because it was spirit night at his school. They donate a portion of the sales to the PTO. What can I say? Romantic, huh? Love you Bakerella!

February 17, 2013 12:31 AM
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Sara said...

My valentine is my Husband.

February 17, 2013 12:33 AM
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Devin said...

Ummmmm… Hi. LOL!! Jk.. I have no plans.. Forever alone.. Lol! As u can see that’s why I can use this… Lol!!

February 17, 2013 12:36 AM
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Mika N. said...

My valentine is my boyfriend and we hadn’t planned anything too big since my birthday was the following day(:

February 17, 2013 12:41 AM
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Feliciana said...

My Valentine was my husband and kids! (: Love all your cake-pop goodness!

February 17, 2013 12:45 AM
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Tatyana said...

Thank you for your great giveaway!

February 17, 2013 12:47 AM
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Jen Rhodes said...

My valentine’s are my husband and our brand new perfect little baby girl Mia. I was cooked a wonderful dinner and surprised at work by my two favorite people! The baby is quite a treat around the office.

February 17, 2013 12:49 AM
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Linda said...

i want an ipad :O hehe i’ve never had a valentine before. but post-valentine’s candy sales are what i really look forward to come february.

February 17, 2013 12:50 AM
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Kathy T said...

My valentine is my husband. We were excited to pick up family members at the airport for the final weekend of home high school basketball games.

February 17, 2013 12:57 AM
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Annetra Costa said...

My Valentine’s Day was absolutely amazing. My husband who is living 500 miles away while we try to sell our current house, flew in to surprise me with a romantic dinner. Couldn’t have asked for anything more.

February 17, 2013 01:05 AM
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Amanda Potts said...

Love Bakerella!!! My little one year old was my Valentine this year and we made lots of goodies and delievered them to friends. He loves whisking and playing in frosting, I’m teaching him young :)

February 17, 2013 01:10 AM
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Batya said...

My valentines were my single friends, we enjoy valentines eating tonz of chocolate and not worrying how we look

February 17, 2013 01:11 AM
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Matilda said...

My valentine’s day was amazing, with my husband and son. I couldn’t ask for more!

February 17, 2013 01:12 AM
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Kira J said...

No valentine this year but I made dozens of heart sugar cookies for family and friends!

February 17, 2013 01:12 AM
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rhonda said...

my valentine is my hubby of 32 years. we went out to dinner.

February 17, 2013 01:16 AM
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Anonymous said...

My Valentine is my love, my lobster, my puzzle piece, my sweet husband! He has been so supportive of me and this crazy passion called baking! :) you are definitely an inspiration!!!! Thanks so much!

February 17, 2013 01:20 AM
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Jaimee said...

My valentines were my husband and 2 daughters. We celebrated by going out for dinner. Love your work Bakerella!

February 17, 2013 01:26 AM
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Karyn G said...

My Valentine is some homemade chocolate pudding (and my husband too, I suppose).

February 17, 2013 01:29 AM
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Brittany said...

My valentine was my mom :) We sent each other cards. I love the xoxo template!

February 17, 2013 01:29 AM
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Mike said...

My valentine is my partner of 8 years. It has been an amazing journey and can’t wait to see what happens next.

February 17, 2013 01:31 AM
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Elizabeth said...

Hi!

My valentine was just myself – had a lovely date with my favourite films and favourite chocolate after a day playing with my nieces! xoxo

February 17, 2013 01:32 AM
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Kaitlin said...

My Valentine was my fiancé. Getting married in two weeks! We spent the night cooking dinner and enjoying each other’s company. Couldn’t have asked for any better.

February 17, 2013 01:34 AM
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Mel G said...

The cuteness is just killing me! Nothing much happened here for Valentine’s….my hubby seems to have lost his romance!

February 17, 2013 01:35 AM
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Ariel Mae said...

My Valentine this year was myself. I came home from a long day of work, made a pitcher of Strawberry Daiquiri’s and put it in a huge fancy wine glass. Topped it off with some whipped cream. Heavenly.

February 17, 2013 01:46 AM
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Eri said...

My Valentine was my fiancee! =)

February 17, 2013 01:50 AM
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cindy said...

No special plans for Valentines, stayed home with my hubby. Love your mini cake pops, it gave me an idea to use for a bridal shower with the bride and grooms initials.

February 17, 2013 01:56 AM
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