Blow Pop Cupcakes


So the other day I went to the supermarket with my friend.

It was a quick trip in and out only to grab the essentials.

We had just come out of the gym where I had been lifting 7 lb weights like a stone cold machine.


When I got up to the front of the line I realized that I forgot to grab lentils, the item that I initially went in to buy.  Of course.

My friend came to the rescue and said she would grab them for me while I checked out.

So I politely said to the cashier, “Where are the lentils?”

No response. Eyes Shift.

“Excuse me, where are the lentils?”


“The LENTILS, where would I find them?”

{Small voice} Aisle 4.


My friend retrieved the ever-important lentils and I paid for my items as planned.


On our way out to the car my friend turned to me and said, “You are kind of intimidating.”

She actually said that to me.

I’m all, “WHAA?!?  Are you joking?”

She said that I basically intimidated the cashier into a mumbling mess.


Now for 3 days straight I have been obsessing over whether or not I am an “intimidator”.

A lentil intimidating fool.

Did I use a devil voice when asking for the lentils?  Did my bulging 7 lb pumping biceps scare the cashier into a shifty pile of mumbles?  Did the thought of someone eating lentils disgust her into not wanting to speak?  Maybe I had crazy hair after my low-impact workout and she mistook me for Medusa.  That, certainly, would explain her lack of eye contact…I mean, the fear of turning to stone can do that to a person.

So I did what we all know I shouldn’t do.  I asked my husband.

He promptly agreed with my friend.  And by agree I mean, not answer but give me a deer in headlights stare.

A man intimidated.


I just don’t see how anyone who invents such things as Blow Pop Cupcakes could be menacing or formidable.

So I am basically working everyday now, trying not to scare cashiers.  It’s my new thing.

Maybe I will just carry cupcakes around and pass them out so people won’t be frightened.

Yeah, that’s what I will do.


So let’s begin.

Blow Pop Cupcakes…or more specifically, Strawberry Marshmallow filled Strawberry Cupcake with Bubble Gum Marshmallow Buttercream.  That’s a mouthful, literally and figuratively.


First you need to get to the store and buy some of this stuff…

Have you seen it?  It’s a powder they sell down the baking aisle that you can add to frosting to flavor it.

You Duncan Hines people are pretty smart.

I chose Bubble Gum flavor…the least intimidating of the bunch.

You can certainly add this to canned frosting…actually I think that’s the whole idea…but you know how I feel about canned frosting, so I whipped up some of my own.

Just toss the contents of the packet into your frosting and mix away…

This is what it will look like…

Gorgeous, pink and packed with bubblegum flavor.

Next I baked up some Strawberry cupcakes…using a box mix.

Say something, I dare you.

When the cupcakes were cooled I cut out a hole in each and stuffed a big strawberry marshmallow into each.  Boo-yah!  (Do people still say boo-yah?)

I may or may not have eaten the scraps.  It’s what intimidators do.  They eat the scraps.

Then I filled a piping bag (fitted with a Wilton 1A tip) with my delicious bubblegum frosting and piped away.

Finally I stuck a Blow Pop up in there.  Just in case it wasn’t sweet enough 😉

And in case you’re interested, here’s the internals…

The strawberry marshmallow on the inside is a fun surprise.

Kid food at its finest.


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March 22, 2012 2:05 pm

I love the amazing ideas that you come up with. These look fantastic!!! Megan

Averie @ Averie Cooks
March 22, 2012 2:11 pm

Every single thing about this I want…from that frosting mix (that’s new to me!! never saw that before!) to the strawberry cake mix cupcakes to the frosting itself, to the strawberry marshmallows…oh and I love blow-pops and tootsie-pops.

Seriously Shelley, these are sooooo perfect!

Annette L
Annette L
March 22, 2012 2:12 pm

Ha! Thank you for the laugh! I so needed one. And the cupcakes look wonderful.

March 22, 2012 2:13 pm

LOL, you don’t look intimidating at all. I’ve been told the same thing recently and was in disbelief. My husband also agreed, and even gave me examples. How is that even possible when I am a shy person? Too funny. I say don’t worry about it. You seem like a really nice person. And I LOVE your site, thanks for doing what you do so well. 🙂

March 22, 2012 2:16 pm

“Say something, I dare you.”

You are TOO funny!

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
March 22, 2012 2:17 pm

Love this post. Love these cupcakes. and intimidating can be totally awesome when it’s the right moment. 🙂

March 22, 2012 2:17 pm

These sound awesome. I love Blow Pops. I love making cupcakes. AND I just printed what was claimed as the best strawberry cake recipe ever in existence. I see cupcakes in our future this weekend.

Ashley Sovereign
Ashley Sovereign
March 22, 2012 2:19 pm

HAHA…too funny.
Love this idea, I have never seen the mixes to put in icing, I will have to keep my eyes open for those… I might have to make these for my daughter’s class. Can you just imagine the looks on the kid’s faces…then the scowl on the teacher’s face…maybe I should wait until the end of the year celebration…

Liz @ Tip Top Shape
March 22, 2012 2:22 pm

I can honestly say I’ve never seen this cupcake flavor before! Very unique!

Kimberly H.
March 22, 2012 2:23 pm

I’m pretty sure you need to return to the store with a cupcake in hand and tell the cashier you are sorry if you seemed intimidating and to make it up to her you made her a cupcake!!! 😉


Can’t wait to try out this new recipe!!!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

What a cute idea! Love the marshmallow in the center; what a fun surprise! I am not sure I could be intimidated by someone carrying around pink cupcakes!

March 22, 2012 2:24 pm

Hi! How did you core out the centers? Magic?

March 22, 2012 2:25 pm

These look sooooooooooooooooooo good! For the record, being intimidating is actually a good thing in my opinion – it helps you get what you want! 🙂

March 22, 2012 2:45 pm

Thanks for sharing your fun story, Shelly. lol!

Your cupcakes are creative and could be mixed and matched with different flavors.

Kim Campbell
March 22, 2012 2:46 pm

I am so totally intimidated. I think it was the marshmallow that set me over the edge. You know I bought some of those Duncan Hines things, and I just can’t force myself to use them. I keep thinking in my head, they are smarter than me and I’m not at all happy about that! I don’t know why I’m so worried about it, they’ve already gotten the money from me for them, I should just go ahead and use the darn things and get over it! Well , maybe next week! Thanks for sharing!!

March 22, 2012 2:48 pm

Serious kids food, seriously.

I love everything about it!

Only one question? What do you do with all of these? Do you give them away, or is your family like dessert carnivores!? I kind of hope they are…

Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel
March 22, 2012 2:50 pm

How do you cut the cupcake in half so perfectly? Do you freeze it first or something? I always try it and they come out looking like a squished mess!

March 22, 2012 3:03 pm
These cupcakes sound so fun! Love the bubblegum icing. Going to have to find me some of that! I too have had people say I’m intimidating. I watch Disney movies when I don’t have to. I’m addicted to nail polish. Like you, I bake cupcakes and other sugary confections for people. The most common complementary adjective for me is cute. I’m a whopping 5’4″ for crying out loud. If you have five or ten minutes to spare, I can tell you a story that contains an explanatory metaphor my ex-husband’s best friend gave me to explain why. It involves a… Read more »
Christina @ Ovenadventures
March 22, 2012 3:11 pm

i was SO excited when I saw blow pop cupcakes. Then when you said strawberry and marshmallow and bubblegum buttercream i did a little happy dance. then i realized i live in Canada where we don’t have cool stuff like strawberry marshmallows so… i am now crying on my keyboard.

March 22, 2012 3:13 pm

Wow,looks perfect!

March 22, 2012 3:34 pm

Just so you know, I get that I “Intimidate” all the time! Totally laughed out loud and can relate! Will be making these mean ‘ol intimidating cupcakes for my daughter’s birthday party in a few weeks. And, by the way, you totally rock! Us intimidators need to stick together!

March 22, 2012 3:40 pm

They look delicious!

I am so jealous that you have these flavourmixes in your grocery stores. In Norway we have nothing. I thing I need myself a friend in US of A.

BTW I have rescently discovered your beatuiful blog and I am a big fan already!
Thanks for sharing!

Jessica @ How Sweet
March 22, 2012 4:13 pm

you are my favorite.

Cookbook Queen
March 22, 2012 4:17 pm

I wish I was more intimidating. Why haven’t you worn off on me yet???

March 22, 2012 4:33 pm

I seriously laughed out loud reading that which gave away my online status to my co workers. That could have been me! I’m the intimidator too!!

March 22, 2012 4:46 pm

So freaking cool!

March 22, 2012 5:16 pm

These are so cute. I saw them on pinterest today before i had time to check my RSS feed. Great idea!

Le Ann Johnson
Le Ann Johnson
March 22, 2012 5:19 pm

I just love reading your posts! We speak the same language – sarcasm!! I have tried some of your recipes and they are great. My husband however whines when I use the printer for your creations. I try not to get ALL of the comments – really?! Anyway, thanks for all of the kid-friendly creations. Oh yah, and my kids like them too!!

Christi @ Love From The Oven
March 22, 2012 5:48 pm

Love these! Especially cut open. Marshmallow buttercream is a thing of beauty, I can’t even imagine the goodness when you throw bubble gum in and turn it pink. I can’t wait to get my hands on the bubble gum and cotton candy packets, those have escaped me thus far. I’m trying to not get desperate and start dumping Kool-Aid into frosting.

March 22, 2012 7:18 pm

What an original flavor, I will try it… when I have a kitchen again 🙂 Thanks for sharing the recipe

March 22, 2012 7:36 pm

God, Shelly, you should know how I feel about bubblegum. Why did you do this to me? Why did Duncan Hines do this to me?

Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl
March 22, 2012 8:26 pm

Okay, you crack me up. Can I get some of that “intimidation” stuff? Oh, and some of the cupcakes, too, please?!?

March 22, 2012 9:18 pm

I give evil eyes/menacing glares to most people…but only when they deserve it! Cab drivers, bicycles riders, other runners…if they make any questionable moves…it’s on. I think it’s a tri-state area thing. 😛

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
March 22, 2012 10:06 pm

These are freaking awesome!! Great idea!

Cookie Sleuth
March 22, 2012 11:38 pm

I’ll have to look for these Frosting Creations!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet
March 23, 2012 6:14 am

I can see this being kid cupcake heaven!

Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are}

Oh, this made me laugh. I have had something similar happen – my friend told me I have “limited patience” when dealing with sales people who seem to be on another planet. I have patience up to a certain point, and I’m sweet as pie, then something bursts and no more Mrs. Nice Guy. Since hearing that – I too, have made it my life’s mission to be nice to cashiers – even if they seem like they are out on Mars!

sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and mor
March 23, 2012 7:42 am

oh don’t feel bad, anyone that makes a cupcake like this cannot be all bad;p

Sanjeeta kk
March 23, 2012 7:47 am

Bubblegum icing!! Wow..the cupcakes look the pink shade and beautiful frosting.

Leslie B.
Leslie B.
March 23, 2012 8:05 am

No way…you’re way too funny to be intimidating. The cupcakes look divine…

Beth Wadsworth
Beth Wadsworth
March 23, 2012 8:53 am
So I was reading this in the bathroom on my phone. I laughed so hard and so long the walls shook and echoed. I can’t tell you how I can relate to this. I had a friend tell me that I make horrible first impressions (I am a weirdo and am always myself;). That was in 1986, and I never got over it. My husband is intimidating. He has very little sense of humor. (I know, opposites attract.) It is my great analysis that therefore you cannot have an incredible sense of humor and also be intimidating. It doesn’t mesh,… Read more »
March 23, 2012 9:29 am

So fun! I haven’t had a blow pop in years!

Marnely Rodriguez
March 23, 2012 10:30 am

I was sent some of their frosting and flavoring packs, so will check them out!

Sarah in NC
Sarah in NC
March 23, 2012 11:12 am

You crack me up woman, I mean ma’am! I am quietly laughing in my cubicle hoping my officemates don’t hear me and ask what I’m reading, since I’m at work..ahem. I have enjoyed checking your blog daily for at least 6 months now. You truly have a wonderful imagination when it comes to baking and an equally impressive wit. I bow humble before the Intimidator!

Lisa G
Lisa G
March 23, 2012 11:40 am

These look AMAZING! I definitely have to make these for my daughters. When you say the icing recipe frosts 12 cupcakes with a high pipe, is your picture showing a high pipe? Thanks for all you do to bring sweetness to the world 😀

Bolon Bombón.
March 23, 2012 12:01 pm

I’m from Spain and I follow your blog and recipes… I love them!!!

I have a present from me to you in my blog, please visit it!!!

You have to say 7 things about yourself and give the flowers and the prize “your style” to 15 blogs that you follow.

Besos de España!!!

March 23, 2012 12:49 pm

I LOVE the color of your stand mixer!!!

Erika - The Teenage Taste
March 23, 2012 2:45 pm

Oh my gosh, these cupcakes sound amazing! Seriously, I need to get my hands on that bubblegum flavoring!

March 23, 2012 3:59 pm

I am intrigued by the packet of flavoring! And I love that you put a mallow in the middle. I will definitely be doing THAT. Love these!