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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Carrey said...

Hi! My valentine is Meg, my wife-to-be. My only plan is to kiss her on my way out the door to do a clinical on an ambulance all day and part of the night.

February 14, 2013 06:07 AM
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Jennifer said...

My husband, and kids, are my valentines! We have been married for 18 years (since I was 21)!! This year, he is having radiation therapy to his neck/throat and can only drink smoothies, so no big dinner plans. Also, our kids’ school has scheduled parent/teacher conferences tonight! So, I will be at school tonight. I did bake valentine treats for the teachers, since they are stuck at school all Valentine’s day and night! I also pack an adorable heart-filled lunch for my two sweeties (kids)!

February 14, 2013 06:07 AM
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Anne Marie Collins said...

My valentine is my sweet husband of almost 18 years. Love the mini pops!

February 14, 2013 06:08 AM
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Naty said...

Hi there! My boyfriend (little woord for the man who is the father of my two children, hahaha) and I have tonight an appointment with the catering for our wedding. Maybe a little romantic, right? Greetings, and I love your website! Keep up the beauty!!

February 14, 2013 06:08 AM
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Rebecca Spencer said...

These are precious! I am working today, and taking 75 heart-shaped cake pops to work for our Valentine’s Lunch. We put the pops in small galvanized buckets with red, pink, and white M&Ms on top of the foam for decoration. They will be the centerpieces on our tables. I can’t wait to see how they look set out. Thanks for the inspiration you give us! Happy Valentine’s Day, sweetie!

February 14, 2013 06:08 AM
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Kendra said...

My valentine is my husband. Will be spening the evening at home. Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2013 06:09 AM
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Pam said...

My valentine is my granddaugher and she would absolutely love an iPad. Love your blog, ideas and am always impressed with your creativity.

February 14, 2013 06:09 AM
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Amy v said...

My boyfriend and I are going to a French restaurant tomorrow night. Looking forward to it. Happy valentines day everyone!

February 14, 2013 06:10 AM
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Amanda said...

I’ll be celebrating Valentine’s with my middle school students today, which should be fun!

February 14, 2013 06:10 AM
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Kendra said...

Happy Valentine’s Day! Will be spending the evening at home with my husband. Would love to win the mini ipad.

February 14, 2013 06:10 AM
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Marilyn said...

HI! My Hubby is my Valentine and has been for 44 years. We plan on eating out to celebrate our love.

February 14, 2013 06:10 AM
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Christina Pascuzzo said...

My Valentines are my two kids! We plan to do crafts and have a picnic!

February 14, 2013 06:10 AM
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Svenja said...

My Valentine is my boyfriend since 6 years. Both we are working today. But in the evening we are going to take a lovely dinner in a little french restaurant.

February 14, 2013 06:10 AM
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Susan Kacsits said...

My Valentine took the day off so we could spend it together!! After 23 years of marriage he is still my favorite past time!

February 14, 2013 06:10 AM
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Diane said...

My Valentines are my two sweet girls and my hubby. We’ll be having a great meal with cupcakes!

February 14, 2013 06:11 AM
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Kelly said...

Making my Valentines a sweet breakfast before work/school with heart shaped cinnamon rolls & bacon. I cut strawberries in the shape of hearts for their yogurt, too :)

February 14, 2013 06:12 AM
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Mia H said...

My valentine is my 5 year old. She’s having 3 parties at school today. We will celebrate by watching Brave and having the dinner of her choice when she gets home :)

February 14, 2013 06:12 AM
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Jackie Laws said...

I am working on the 14th. My Valentine is my sweet husband (almost 15 years). I can’t forget my sweet kids either. Maybe I will make a cake for them so I can make pops with the leftovers.

February 14, 2013 06:13 AM
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Diana A. said...

I’ll be spending it at work, but coming home enjoying the evening with my husband. Ordered a ring online will be getting that today. Can’t wait!!

February 14, 2013 06:13 AM
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Jenniffer from Cup a Dee Cakes said...

OMG! What a nice giveaway! For Valentine’s, I’m going to judge a chocolate contest at my hubby’s work, and then we’re going to trivia night at our favorite restaurant. Happy Valentine’s Day!!

February 14, 2013 06:14 AM
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Beth said...

My hubby of 5 years is my valentine!

I’ll be spending the day with my class of third graders making valentine bags to get ready for our party this afternoon!!

February 14, 2013 06:14 AM
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Miren said...

I prefer to celebrate it all the year!
Lovely mini cake pops!

February 14, 2013 06:14 AM
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maria said...

we’re not doing much today, but tomorrow we’ll be in paris!

February 14, 2013 06:15 AM
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Sarah said...

Hi! Those minis are absolutely beautiful and I love how they look together.

My valentine is no one, actually. I’m spending it alone, but I hope to maybe get some writing in with a friend and maybe watch some tv with my nana :)

February 14, 2013 06:16 AM
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Andrea said...

Hi! I Love your blog!! Tonight I’m spending a quiet night in with my fiancé. Looking forward to it!

February 14, 2013 06:16 AM
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Beth said...

Spending the day with my 24 third graders… my valentines!

February 14, 2013 06:17 AM
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Pen said...

I’m lucky enough to have three valentines: my husband and my two kids

February 14, 2013 06:17 AM
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Viiriainen said...

My husband’s company has their anniversary on Valentine’s Day, so I’m spending the evening with his colleagues. How romantic ;)

February 14, 2013 06:17 AM
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Jenni said...

I love my husband, but my little boys steal my heart. They’ll be helping me make a strawberry torte tonight!

February 14, 2013 06:17 AM
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ALEXANDRA said...

Happy valentine s day everyone!

February 14, 2013 06:17 AM
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Deborah said...

Had lunch out yesterdays with the hubs.

February 14, 2013 06:18 AM
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Colleen Murphy said...

My husband of 18 years is my Valentine. We don’t celebrate as such but I love making cake.

February 14, 2013 06:19 AM
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Pru said...

Hi! I will be giving out chocolate treats and cookies to my mini loves, all the kids in my life :) happy love day!

February 14, 2013 06:20 AM
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Haley Orion said...

My Valentine is my soon-to-be husband. We are getting married in September. I got him some Game of Thrones memorabilia and he’s getting me a tattoo for Valentine’s Day. Haha.

February 14, 2013 06:20 AM
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Natalie said...

We don’t celebrate Valentine’s day. I do love all your ideas even if they’re something I won’t get a chance to do myself. Seeing how creative others are makes me want to do creative things too! My daughter is hooked on Pinterest for that reason!! ;) say, Pinterest on a new iPad? ;)

February 14, 2013 06:20 AM
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Stacy said...

this is my daughters first valentines day, and she is for sure our valentine!! we’ll be home tonight together as a family :)

February 14, 2013 06:21 AM
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Meredith said...

My amazing husband and I celebrated Valentine’s Day last night by going out to dinner and exchanging small gifts… it was a fun night!

February 14, 2013 06:21 AM
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Dani said...

My Valentines are my 2 beautiful girls!! Love the minis. :)

February 14, 2013 06:22 AM
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Dawn Shelton said...

I love your work and wish I could be your apprentice! I have a few Valentines…my hubby of 21 years and our three kiddos, who are all adopted and came home within 6 months of each other. Can’t forget my first Valentine, my dad, who is now 86. We are bringing dessert over to my parents’ house for the 14th. Thanks for all you do! Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2013 06:22 AM
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Mary G said...

No valentine for me but love the mini pops!

February 14, 2013 06:23 AM
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JoVonn said...

Happy Valentine’s Day! My Valentine is my husband. We always go out either before or after 2/14 so we went out last Friday.

February 14, 2013 06:23 AM
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Whitney said...

Tonight I’m making my husband his favorite dinner…sloppy joes!

February 14, 2013 06:23 AM
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Cathy said...

I will be celebrating valentines day with my students then coming home to make some despicable me minion cake pops… Celebrating with my love on the weekend going to see Cinderella on broadway!

February 14, 2013 06:23 AM
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Cindy Brickley said...

My husband has been my valentine since 1976. We are going to take the nite off cooking and go to dinner at the Lakeview Lodge. Thanks for the giveaway, and Happy Valentine to you!

February 14, 2013 06:23 AM
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Jessie Johnston said...

My Valentine is my husband :) He’s planning something special for tonight and my only instructions were “don’t make dinner” and I’m planning tomorrow’s festivities :)

February 14, 2013 06:23 AM
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Adi said...

love to post :)
i am going to buy a lot of ice cream and try not to cry my hart out over my break up after 5 years

February 14, 2013 06:24 AM
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Mandak said...

I have my wonderful husband and my 2 amazing sons (7 and 2) as my Valentines this year. Our plans? Order some chinese food and hang out at home. The husband and I are hoping for a date out of the house in the next few weeks :)

February 14, 2013 06:25 AM
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Jacqueline {the seaside baker) said...

My husband will be my valentine!

February 14, 2013 06:26 AM
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Jessy said...

My valentine was one of my friends! I dont really have anything special planned.

February 14, 2013 06:27 AM
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Anne said...

My Valentine is my hubby. He’s on the road right now, so it’ll just be me and the kids for Valentines Day.

February 14, 2013 06:27 AM
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kim Perlmutter said...

Hi,
Happy Valentine’s Day! We are taking the kids out to dinner and then home for a heart shaped pink cake!

February 14, 2013 06:27 AM
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Holly j said...

My valentine is my boyfriend Joe, I already got up at 4:30 am to make him breakfast before he went to work, now thinking up dinner!

February 14, 2013 06:27 AM
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Catherine said...

Love your cake pops, would never have thought to make mini ones! Love them !!!

February 14, 2013 06:27 AM
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Ashley said...

I will be spending Valentines day with my 1st grade class today!! Then this eve with my family!!!

February 14, 2013 06:27 AM
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Sharon Michelle said...

I’m spending Valentine’s Day with the love of my life! It is also our anniversary <3 he's a musician and I got him a guitar pick that says, "I pick You" :D

February 14, 2013 06:28 AM
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Francina Nuñez said...

HI ! My only plans for Valentine’s day is delivering flowers :D

February 14, 2013 06:28 AM
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katherine said...

My valentine is my boyfriend stephen. we were going to go out for a nice dinner at a japanese restaurant, but he had to stay on site to work for another week so we couldnt go. he sent me flowers and a card today and we will be having a skype date tonight. but everyday is valentine’s day with him because he always shows me how much he loves and cares for me.

February 14, 2013 06:28 AM
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Jade said...

My valentines day will be spent with my family having a home cooked meal and loads of valentines sweets and treats :)

February 14, 2013 06:28 AM
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Jessica Carlton said...

This year my Valentines are my adorable puppies. But I am celebrating my 32 birthday on Valentine’s Day.

February 14, 2013 06:28 AM
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Kaitlin said...

My valentine is my family. I know that it is so sad and corny that I don’t have a boyfriend. But my family means the whole world to me. Valentine’s day is not about having a relationship its about showing the people you care about that you love them!

February 14, 2013 06:28 AM
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Stevie Lynn Radzinski said...

Hi! My valentine is my husband and my son who is now 15 months old! Tonight we will be having a night in, with a nice dinner and movies! Thanks for the giveaway!

February 14, 2013 06:28 AM
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Anne said...

Happy VD! Love the idea of the mini cake pops! So cute! My Valentines are my hubby and my sweet 4-legged boy (crazy dog). We’re planning on lunch out and then a quiet night at home with pizza and wine.

February 14, 2013 06:29 AM
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Pam said...

My husband and two sons are the best valentines I’ve ever had. I plan to NOT make them dinner tonight (take-out!) but to make them something sweet for dessert. Happy V-day to all!

February 14, 2013 06:29 AM
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Robin @ Simply Southern Baking said...

My valentine is my hubby…Mr. Chocoholic. We went to dinner last Saturday at our favorite Italian restaurant to avoid the busy Valentine’s night crowds.

February 14, 2013 06:29 AM
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Ashley said...

Oh my goodness! Wow!

February 14, 2013 06:29 AM
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Karly Reid said...

I spent today watching movies and eating cheesecake with my best man Oliver. :) A lazy kinda happy day.

February 14, 2013 06:29 AM
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Jessica McCann said...

I have 2 – my husband and 6year old son. Happy day!

February 14, 2013 06:29 AM
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Eileen said...

My valentine is my husband of 34 years. We’re spending the day together.

February 14, 2013 06:30 AM
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Allison said...

I’m lucky to have two valentines this year! My husband and our five-month old daughter. I’m cooking a surprise meal for dinner and my husband is doing a dessert! A little role reversal for us :)

February 14, 2013 06:30 AM
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Erin R said...

My valentines are my kids. (my husband is out of town!). Today I will be working…I work at a cookie store and this is a huge holiday for us

February 14, 2013 06:31 AM
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Carol Seal said...

Wow. This is what I call a labor of LOVE. Thank you for sharing every detail. …. Hubby has been out of town and comes home tonight. We will cook together and view/talk about the current house remodel and progress wile he as been away. It is a major renovation to turn this house our home, which is our first as newlyweds. … Thanks for the opportunity to try to win!

February 14, 2013 06:31 AM
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eve said...

My valentine is my fiancée who I have been in love with since we were only sixteen years old. I feel so lucky to have someone who can understand me and love me for who I am. Today we are going to spend the day together!

February 14, 2013 06:31 AM
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Alissa said...

No big plans except spoiling my 4-legged valentine (my dog Beau). Have a happy heart day!

February 14, 2013 06:31 AM
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Deanne said...

Hi Bakerella, Happy Valentine’s Day! Love your mini pops, Super cute!!
I had a family dinner with my parents who are visiting, and Hubby & kids.

February 14, 2013 06:31 AM
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Donna said...

My valentine’s are my hubby and 17yr old daughter, we plan a quiet evening at home. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas on your blog and the chance to win.

February 14, 2013 06:32 AM
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Pamela Senduy said...

My husband and I will spend a quite evening at home having. A special dinner with 9ur favorite foods. HAPPY VALENTINE’S. DAY!

February 14, 2013 06:32 AM
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Jewel said...

Love your blog and hope I win the iPad!!!

February 14, 2013 06:32 AM
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Sara Padgett said...

My valentines are my kids and husband!

February 14, 2013 06:32 AM
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Karie Giordano said...

Good morning!! And a Very Happy Valentines Day to you<3
I am a secretary at a grade school and what fun it would be to send 350 cake pops to my kids (kindergarten thru 5th)!! What a cute idea and you really outdid yourself!

February 14, 2013 06:33 AM
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Jessica said...

Happy Valentine’s Day! My financee and I don’t have any plans since my birthday was so recent, but we are getting married in the summer, so we consider this our corny “year of love” – haha! :)

February 14, 2013 06:34 AM
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Robin Cawthra said...

My hubby is my Valentine and of course out two children!!!

February 14, 2013 06:35 AM
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Kathy McCarthy said...

Amazingly! Super cute! Thanks for sharing!

February 14, 2013 06:35 AM
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Tomma said...

I am spending the day with my sick daughter. She got the stomach bug yesterday.

February 14, 2013 06:35 AM
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Daralynne Moss said...

Good Morning Bakerella, Happy Valentine’s Day
Today my best friend and I were just gonna talk about valentine’s day and get a drink from Starbucks.

February 14, 2013 06:36 AM
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Meredith said...

My Valentine is my little son Joey. He is 3 months old, and this is his very first Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately I have to work…but when I get home, nothing but cuddles!!

February 14, 2013 06:36 AM
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Jacqui O said...

My valentine is my boyfriend of almost two years. No big plans for tonight- we didn’t make reservations in time (typical) so we would have been eating at 10pm. Instead, dinner at home tonight and tomorrow fancy steakhouse restaurant dinner! Double win.

February 14, 2013 06:36 AM
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Ludicrous Mama said...

My Hubby, of course! And I refuse to participate in the Valentines machine, except for my kids at school.
It’s a manufactured holiday designed to sell stuff, and one more opportunity for guys to feel inadequate or their ladies to be disappointed.

I do like buying up clearance chocolates afterwards, though!

February 14, 2013 06:36 AM
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Anna Benjamin said...

For today it will be a quiet day, but the husband unit and I have plans for dinner an excellent show and a babysitter for the kids. After 15 years it’s nice to have a special day to remember LOVE.

February 14, 2013 06:36 AM
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Pamela Senduy said...

My husband. and I will spend the evening alone eating are special foods.

February 14, 2013 06:37 AM
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Christine A. said...

Our 4 year old planned our evening – daddy has to work so we’re going to pick him up and take him to dinner. He’s been instructed to wear a tie, our daughter is going to be in her ‘fancy’ dress and mommy gets to wear my comfy clothes (like my pj’s per our daughter) and we’re headed to the chicken store (chick-fil-a) Happy Valentines Day!

February 14, 2013 06:37 AM
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Meredith said...

My valentines are my husband of 7 years and my 5 year old daughter. Mini pops are adorable!

February 14, 2013 06:37 AM
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Christy B said...

My hubby and I will be having a lovely candle-lit prime rib dinner at the local bar tonight!

February 14, 2013 06:37 AM
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Meridith Gardner said...

My Valentine’s are my husband and best friend and my sweet 4 year old baby girl…she’s still my baby ;)

February 14, 2013 06:38 AM
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Tenessa said...

Yesterday my husband and I went out to dinner to celebrate since he has to work tonight. So today is all about having fun with the kids, delivering valentines and having our own little valentines dinner.

February 14, 2013 06:38 AM
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Tomma said...

My daughter is sick today so I’m spending the day with her.

February 14, 2013 06:38 AM
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Hannah said...

Hi! My valentines are my husband and 5year old son. We are going to a place that makes giant hamburgers for dinner!

February 14, 2013 06:38 AM
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Krista said...

My valentine is my husband and two year old son. We will get take out and stay home. Probably watch our favorite cartoons.

February 14, 2013 06:39 AM
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Michele T. Hoban said...

My valentines are my hubby and my baby boy…well he’s 4, but he’ll always be my baby. Love everything you make! Happy Love Day!

February 14, 2013 06:39 AM
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Anonymous said...

Hi! :). My husband is my Valentine! I’m having a big, embarrassing (but thoughtful) basket delivered to his job to show him I’m thinking about him even when we’re apart! Then we’ll have a romantic homemade dinner and spend some much needed quality time together!

February 14, 2013 06:39 AM
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Camila Lima Machado said...

Hi, my boyfriend and I’ll do two years of dating in June (here in Brazil, Valentine’s Day is in June). We live a distance dating. I live in the Espirito Santo and he in São Paulo. Happy Valentines day! :D

February 14, 2013 06:39 AM
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