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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Lenna said...

Hi :D valentine was pretty great spending time with the family :)

February 17, 2013 01:56 AM
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Destanee Chavez said...

i am a little late lol..but my valentines were my fiance and my 2 year old son <3 they are the air i breathe =) My fiance worked so we just gave my son his vday goodies before he was off to work and when he came back he surprised me with my goodies plus more for my son..and nothing says i love you more than watching "The Avengers" haha

February 17, 2013 01:56 AM
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Alex said...

My fiance Colin! We had fondue and he got me the new Michael Symon cookbook.

February 17, 2013 02:01 AM
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Kelly C. said...

My vantine is my wonderful boyfriend who is a truck driver and is on the road at the moment. On valentines day we got to skype for about an hour which was the best gift ever and when he gets back we are going to go out for dinner :)

February 17, 2013 02:15 AM
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Ava H. said...

My valentines day was full of sweets! I made cupcakes :)

February 17, 2013 02:15 AM
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Liz said...

2/13 baked a cake and made cake balls. Refrigerated for dipping later. I had not bought a valentines day present for my husband but got the idea to make the chocolate peanut butter truffles from your blog. After putting the baby and kids to sleep, I started on dipping my cake pops and truffles at 11:45 @ noc. I ended up finishing @ 1 am 2/14. Valentines was spent in my kids classes @ school, conferences, & home w/ my family. The cake pops were classic cake pops as well as heart shaped all dipped in milk or white chocolate or pink candy coating w/ sprinkles. I put them in little lollipop bags & tied them w/ pink ribbons. Family (sister, nieces & kids) all got CAKEPOPS. My sister , brother in law & husband got chocolate peanut butter truffles. I had posted pics on facebook :). It was a sweet valentines day. Thanks for the ideas and recipes. Please keep it coming as I have enjoy your blog & the kids love my CAKEPOPS !!!

February 17, 2013 02:33 AM
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La_U said...

My plan valentines day has been cooking all day for my two loves, my husband and my daughter. Happy San Valentin and happy Sant Jordi, loves day in Catalonia

February 17, 2013 02:35 AM
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Julie said...

Oh my word, therse are so cute, but so much work. Total dedication. I don’t think i would have the stamina!

February 17, 2013 02:36 AM
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Theresa S. said...

Fifteen years ago on Valentine’s Day, my now husband, asked me out on a date for that night via IM. As I had been single for many years, I made alternative plans to spend it with my mother. I responded back that I had plans and received no follow up for potential date. After five minutes, I IM’d him back, “I’m free next weekend.” Well, as we have been married for nearly 11 years, that was the best Valentine’s Day ever.

Since then, we don’t go out, but take turns cooking a delicious gourmet meal for each other and our son, exchange cards and candy and call it a night. Reason being, our anniversary is the following month and for us a more important time for celebrating our love for each other.

February 17, 2013 02:59 AM
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Brandi said...

I want to be you, youe are sooo creative. i justspent the evening using my daughters bakearella kitshe gotfor heer bday and she luvs it!!!!!!!!!!!

February 17, 2013 02:59 AM
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Naz said...

Hi Angie! *waves*

I feel like the only one without a Valentine this year :(
Oh well :)

I spent my V-Day working in the hospital – I’m a Medical Student. Very interesting and insightful ;)

I make your cake pops for colleagues whenever I get some free time and we all love them!

You’re awesome!

February 17, 2013 03:27 AM
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Jen D. said...

My hubby and my kiddos – wouldn’t have it any other way!!

February 17, 2013 03:34 AM
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Lirio R. said...

No valentines for me. Instead I celebrated Singles Awareness Day with friends.

February 17, 2013 04:11 AM
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Perla said...

I spent the 14th at work. Boo.

February 17, 2013 04:12 AM
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Anselma N. said...

I celebrated with my husband : )

February 17, 2013 04:13 AM
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Regina P. said...

Hi!!! those are some super cute mini cake pops!

February 17, 2013 04:13 AM
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Lily R. said...

Hi there! What a nice giveaway! Happy belated valentines to you!

February 17, 2013 04:15 AM
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Jacob said...

I celebrated with my girlfriend.

February 17, 2013 04:16 AM
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Sylvia said...

I had no one Valentine but rather many as all the customers that came into the shop that evening all left with cake pops to share with their loves.

February 17, 2013 04:26 AM
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Larissa Krahn said...

Hi! :)

February 17, 2013 04:33 AM
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Lucy said...

If only I had a boyfriend… maybe next year!

February 17, 2013 04:37 AM
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Carey Owen said...

my son and i went to see the new Die Hard movie then had dinner at a chinese restaurant, the perfect date :)

February 17, 2013 04:40 AM
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Danya said...

My valentines are my father, mother, and older sister. I always bake something for V-day and my mom and I prepare a special dinner.

February 17, 2013 04:49 AM
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Roda said...

My hearts are my son & husband. Valentine’s Day is more of a special day for our famliy because my nephew having been born Feb 14 – so we celebrate his birthday.

February 17, 2013 05:20 AM
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Sue said...

My valentines are my new lambs, especially the bottle lamb I have successfully grafted on to his foster mom, Myrtle the goat.

February 17, 2013 05:21 AM
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Rikelle said...

Oh my gosh, this display is so cute. I love it. I’ve been sick so my valentine plans were just resting and getting better. Thanks so much for sharing your talents!

February 17, 2013 05:24 AM
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Sheetal Paul said...

Hi …my valentine was and is my husband… We had good food and a cosy time together :).

February 17, 2013 05:28 AM
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Kristina said...

My boyfriend of almost 5 years was my Valentine. When he was 5 and I was 6, he had a crush on me and wrote me love letters and gave me temporary tattoos. We weren’t in contact for over 10 years until one day he knocked on my door & we started going out again. We both have the notes we exchanged almost 17 years ago. Unfortunately, this year we were and still are sick with a bad cold.

February 17, 2013 05:31 AM
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Oana said...

Hi!! I really love your blog, and your amazing ideas! I spent my Valentine’s day with some friends baking and having fun!!

February 17, 2013 05:49 AM
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aussiemarina said...

we spend valentines day celebrating my friends birthday………..

happy birthday shell !

February 17, 2013 06:30 AM
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Elyn said...

My valentine is myself!

February 17, 2013 06:39 AM
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Megan L said...

My valentines are my two sweet kiddos and my hubby. We had a quiet night at home.

February 17, 2013 06:48 AM
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Paige said...

My valentine(s) were my coworkers this year as I work nightshift and worked Valentine’s Day as well as the day before.

February 17, 2013 06:49 AM
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Paige T said...

Hi :)

February 17, 2013 06:51 AM
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beth said...

My valentine is my daughter and I made her an awesome care package – all things hearts- for V-day and mailed it to her college dorm. I miss the kids parties when she was in elementary school during this time. For me, it was a night at the movies watching a love story, “Safe Haven”.

February 17, 2013 06:53 AM
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blahblah said...

it was boriinggg

February 17, 2013 07:09 AM
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Amanda Morales said...

Hi…. I spent valentines day with my boyfriend and we watched a bunch of old movies

February 17, 2013 07:24 AM
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Jennifer M. said...

I am cooking dinner for the 3 boys in my life!!

February 17, 2013 07:33 AM
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Michelle n said...

I made a special Valentine themed breakfast for my kids then we all went about our normal weekday routines.

February 17, 2013 07:43 AM
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Michelle n said...

I made a special Valentine themed breakfast for my two kids then we went about our normal weekday routine. I went to their valentine parties at their school that afternoon.

The display is awesome!!

February 17, 2013 07:48 AM
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Ilse said...

My Valentine is Floris -not so mini (2 meters tall) but major cute ;) !

February 17, 2013 07:48 AM
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Caitlyn said...

My valentine is my husband, and we just had a quiet dinner at home, since I work late that night. Every day is Valentine’s Day for us!

February 17, 2013 08:09 AM
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Sami said...

Hi!

February 17, 2013 08:26 AM
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Kitty Murray said...

My Valentine’s are my daughters and my husband. :)

February 17, 2013 08:34 AM
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KatzeKatha said...

My boyfriend Tom was my Valentine and we had an amazing greek meal :)

February 17, 2013 08:35 AM
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Rebecca E. said...

My husband is my valentine! We ended up eating take out and watching bad tv–oh well, at least there were chocolates.

Love the display!!!

February 17, 2013 08:36 AM
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Wendy said...

Spent the sweet day with my boys and husband tubing at Snow Creek!

February 17, 2013 08:42 AM
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Ann said...

I love this cake pop display! It would also be so pretty at a bridal shower. Thanks for all the beautiful ideas!!

February 17, 2013 08:46 AM
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Sharon said...

Love this! My valentine is my amazing husband Greg! We enjoyed a dinner out with some new friends!

February 17, 2013 08:46 AM
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Sara said...

I made oatmeal cookies with cranberries and white chocolate chips for my husband and two teens. We at dinner together– our first family meal of the week. Your mini-pops look so festive!

February 17, 2013 08:53 AM
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Meagan Stotesbury said...

My valentine was my 10 month old son Reese, and my hubster Mikey! It was a nice quiet Valentine’s day for us!

February 17, 2013 08:54 AM
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TheGreedyBaker said...

Out for a wonderful dinner then snuggles and movies at home :)

February 17, 2013 08:55 AM
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Ann said...

Four of my best friends and I volunteered with a homeless shelter then went back home to watch “The Proposal” together :)

February 17, 2013 08:55 AM
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teresa said...

My Valentine is my newborn daughter. Our first vday together.

February 17, 2013 08:56 AM
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KatieLovesWags said...

OOooOOOoo, we didn’t actually do much at all!!

February 17, 2013 08:56 AM
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Lynne said...

My valentines are my sweet grandkids:)

February 17, 2013 08:56 AM
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MonkeyMoo said...

I wish we’d done something special but it was just a regular tea at home. Loooooove the display <3

February 17, 2013 08:57 AM
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Jodi said...

Super cute presentation!

February 17, 2013 09:02 AM
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Nicole said...

My valentine is my husband and we went boot shopping on Valentine’s Day!!

February 17, 2013 09:07 AM
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Gina said...

I love these tiny cake pops! I didn’t do anything on Valentine’s, but my loves are my three kids :)

February 17, 2013 09:17 AM
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Ivone K. said...

oh I was so late to seeing this blog entry.. My Valentines are my dear husband and my two little boys. DH had to work that day but he surprised me by leaving a very lovely, heartwarming card that brought tears to my eyes. My older son made a beautiful card that he paraded around as soon as I got back from work, and my two year old didn’t have a clue, but he was trying to hard to say “Happy Valentine’s day” (sounded like “happy ten day”) Hope you had a lovely and blessed Valentine’s Day, Angie!

February 17, 2013 09:17 AM
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Michelle said...

I hung out with my one of my friends on Valentine’s Day. We watched The Raven :)

February 17, 2013 09:24 AM
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Sarah said...

I went to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants for Spanish tapas with my boyfriend Jay, it was delicious!

February 17, 2013 09:24 AM
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Sabine @ berrylovely said...

My sweet Valentine is my husband, I made him Raspberry-White Chocolate Mousse Cakes.

February 17, 2013 09:29 AM
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Rodney said...

I spent my Valentine’s Day with my beautiful wife of 32 years. It is our first year as empty-nesters – we didn’t think it would be so hard to get used to it just being us again!

February 17, 2013 09:30 AM
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Anonymous said...

My Valentine’s were my Husband and 2 year old daughter. We made a delicious dinner at home. Happy Valentine’s Day to you Bakerella!

February 17, 2013 09:30 AM
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Steven said...

My wife and I got married back in September, so this was our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple! We also spread lots of love to our fur-baby.

February 17, 2013 09:32 AM
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Alexis said...

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

February 17, 2013 09:32 AM
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Emma said...

Hi! would love an ipad mini!

February 17, 2013 09:33 AM
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Kelly Foss said...

I have three handsome Valentines – hubby, Jody; and my boys, Riley & Liam. They make it all worthwhile.

February 17, 2013 09:33 AM
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Yee Moua said...

My valentine was my husband and he cooked me dinner, we stayed in.

February 17, 2013 09:35 AM
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Felicia said...

My valentine this year is my family! i don’t have a boyf to celebrate with yet. Just heading out for dinner and movie to spend some quality time together as a family! :)))

February 17, 2013 09:36 AM
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Amy Caba said...

I spent the day with my husband and four children. We had a nice family dinner at TGI Fridays.

February 17, 2013 09:36 AM
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Jamie said...

Adorable! My best Valentines this year were from the kindergartners and Young 5 kiddos with whom I work. So sweet!

February 17, 2013 09:37 AM
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Kathy said...

Hi, I spent the day waiting on hubby to get a good report from the doc and he did! A good day for all!

February 17, 2013 09:39 AM
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Ana Peck said...

My husband is my valentine! My husband made special dinner for us and I made heart cake pops for him : )

February 17, 2013 09:41 AM
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Jessica M. said...

I am a cake decorator so I am insanely busy, especially around the holidays. Valentine’s day was no exception, so my husband and I ordered Chinese food and had a beer to celebrate. It was a nice way to end the day. :)

February 17, 2013 09:41 AM
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Laura said...

My valentine is Matthew! We’re both in law enforcement, so we spent our Valentine’s Day at the gun range. Add dinner, and it’s the perfect date!

February 17, 2013 09:44 AM
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Randell said...

My valentines are my amazing husband and sweet 3 month old baby girl. We celebrated with dinner at home.

February 17, 2013 09:46 AM
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Mandy Annicchiarico said...

So cute! Can’t wait to try them! Love the colors, fun!

February 17, 2013 09:48 AM
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Karen said...

Hi Bakerella! Love the mini pops – so sweet! My Valentine is my husband and we went to a new restaurant in our neighborhood called Parka – great food & dessert was delish…then we went to a movie at an old theatre close by. Was a perfect date night.

February 17, 2013 09:49 AM
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byneedleandthread said...

Wow! Those are fantastic! Love the different layout options. Happy belated Valentine’s day!

February 17, 2013 10:04 AM
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Agnes said...

Spent a quiet evening at home with my three boys and husband. It was wonderful just hanging out with my family.

February 17, 2013 10:08 AM
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Huiran Xaxni said...

My Valentine’s were my husband and 2 kids :) we made crafts and mailed cards to grandparents. Pretty low-key! :)

February 17, 2013 10:14 AM
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Grace Anderson said...

My valentine is my wonderful Honey Bear, Cole. He keeps me sane. :) He recently moved 2,000 miles away to start his career; this week I will be sending him a care package loaded with homemade truffles, turnovers, and cake pops as a belated gift. :)

February 17, 2013 10:24 AM
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Angie said...

My Valentine is my husband of 18 1/2 years. With Valentine’s Day being on a Thursday, we will celebrate with our 2 daughters by having a nice family dinner together!

February 17, 2013 10:24 AM
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maria said...

My hubby reenacted our first date. Made me eggs and blueberry pancakes! Very sweet gesture!

February 17, 2013 10:27 AM
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nette said...

Hi.

February 17, 2013 10:31 AM
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Crystal H said...

My valentine was my boyfriend although I didn’t get to spend time with him. I had a 16 hour school day. But I was able to bake cupcakes with him the day before. :o)

February 17, 2013 10:37 AM
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Lee said...

My Valentine was my nephew. The best little guy out there. We named his new toys, one of which is Broccoli the brontosaurus.

February 17, 2013 10:38 AM
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Laura C. said...

My valentines were my husband and my 9 month old daughter. We baked heart surprise cupcakes, heart ice box cookies, and made pink velvet cake balls with our left over pink cake and raspberry buttercream from our cupcakes. Then we delivered goodies to all our friends and coworkers!

February 17, 2013 10:41 AM
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Jen M O said...

My husband and children were my Valentine. I gave them all a great dinner with a sweet treat.

February 17, 2013 10:42 AM
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Jaeme said...

What an amazing idea! I LOVE these. I am going to try my very first attempt at cake pops today. My Valentine is my husband. He was out of town for Valentines day so we will celebrate when he is back!

February 17, 2013 10:45 AM
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Karen said...

my husband and I exchanged cards, and I gave my kids each chocolate and notes in their lunches:)

February 17, 2013 10:49 AM
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Fran said...

We picked a pizza up on the way home & had a quiet evening at home & it was perfect!

February 17, 2013 10:53 AM
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Sara said...

My valentines are my amazing husband & 2 adorable dogs.

February 17, 2013 10:56 AM
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Connie said...

Valentine’s Day dinner was spent with a great group of gals, talking and eating huge bowls of pho. Fantastic!

February 17, 2013 11:03 AM
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Heather Turner said...

I have 4. Valentines: my hubby, and my 3 sons!

February 17, 2013 11:04 AM
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Chelsea said...

My Valentines are my friends. We’re headed to San Diego for the weekend.

February 17, 2013 11:06 AM
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Jen M. said...

My valentine is my hubby, Jim. He surprised us on VDay by coming home early from work (he has 2 jobs and usually comes home at midnight). It was too cold to go out so we just had a movie night and the three of us (our daughter) just cuddled up and until we fell asleep. We love it when he is home early.

February 17, 2013 11:06 AM
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