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 πŸ˜‰

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.


Bubble Gum Marshmallow Buttercream


  • 1 cup room temp butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3/4 cup Marshmallow Fluff
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 (0.10oz) package Duncan Hines Bubble Gum Flavored “Frosting Creations”


  1. On medium speed cream butter and shortening together until smooth.
  2. Add in Marshmallow Fluff until combined.
  3. On low speed add powdered sugar, one cup at a time
  4. Add milk and flavor package stir 15 seconds.
  5. Turn mixer up to medium and mix for 30 seconds or until flavor package is incorporated evenly, scraping sides as needed.


Makes enough frosting for 24 cupcakes
If you pipe a high swirl it will only make enough for 12 cupcakes.

85 Responses

  1. 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!

  2. Shirley

    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. πŸ™‚

  3. 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.

  4. Ashley Sovereign

    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…

  5. 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!!! πŸ˜‰


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

  6. Maggie

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

  7. 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!!

  8. 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…

  9. Windy

    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 Chihuahua and a Rottweiler….

    I just don’t get it. Other people’s kids. Sometimes there’s just nothing you can do with them. That’s what I’m going with.

  10. 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.

  11. Dee

    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!

  12. 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!

  13. Heather

    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!!

  14. Le Ann Johnson

    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!!

    1. shelly

      I hope with my new printer format that you won’t get any of the comments. I need to go back and transfer all my old recipes into the new format.

  15. 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.

  16. 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. πŸ˜›

  17. 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!

  18. Beth Wadsworth

    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, so throw that out the window, girl cuz you are hilarious! (I am totally making these for my daughter’s birthday this weekend. Sometime before or after I go to the DMV, work and go to Hunger Games. Have no idea how it will get done, but I always figure it out. πŸ˜‰ First I am going to eat some Key Lime Fudge for breakfast.) Indimidating… Boo-yah!

  19. Sarah in NC

    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!

  20. Lisa G

    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 πŸ˜€

    1. shelly

      Yes, What I did is a lot of frosting! I got 12 cupcakes out of the amount, so if you wanted something similar definitely double the recipe, but if you are going to do a more normal amount then it will for sure get you 24 πŸ™‚

  21. Karole

    I can not get enough of your posts! Your writing no doubt possesses what I assume is every ounce of your personality and charm – I have fun reading your page and sharing it with friends – and even attempting the recipes that you make look fun and easy. You are a treasure!!

  22. Aunt B

    While these cupcakes look quite yummy; my first thought when I saw the picture was “pink slime!” The icing some what reminds me of the “pink slime” all the rage in the news these days…….sorry. πŸ™

  23. Hi! I never thought of putting the packs into homemade frosting..thank you for the idea! I just made funfetti cupcakes and I’m going to frost with Cotton Candy frosting but have one quick question for you sift your powdered sugar or just add it as is? thank you so much again!! πŸ™‚

  24. Andi

    I get that I’m intimidating all the time! Granted, I’m six feet tall and have been since I was sixteen, so I’ve gotten used to it. I’ve also got the angry librarian stare down pat, so…maybe I’ve cultivated it a little bit (now if only the angry librarian stare still worked on people. sigh). However, people who know me…know that I’m a pushover and that if they’re nice I’ll bake them cupcakes. And cookies. And cakes. And fluffy yummy deliciousness.
    And say things like “fluffy yummy deliciousness”.

    I subscribe to the theory that the cashier wasn’t so much intimidated by you as clueless as to what a lentil actually is and just happened to guess right when you didn’t drop the question.

    Also I have never seen these flavor packets. Possibly because I seldom look at anything at that end of the baking aisle. I have a serious weakness for canned chocolate frosting, and I fear if I go to pick up these flavors I may have to buy a can. and eat it. with a spoon.

    Intimidating? Really?

  25. I am SO making these for my daughter’s birthday party! She will love them!

    I’ve been told I intimidate as well- maybe I should walk around with a bag of cupcakes too…I think I would end up shoving them in peoples faces instead of kindly handing them out!

    Maybe I’ll leave the cupcakes at home.

  26. Ha…Really and truly, intimidating is about the last thing that would come to mind. YOu can tell your hubs that if I were telling a stranger about you, I would say approachable. Anywho, I guess I am going to have to go looking for this frosting flavor. Of course I am going to have to stick it in royal icing!

  27. Laura Adams

    I just recently subscribed to your feed, and boy am I hooked! Your treats are so preciously cute and DELICIOUS looking! I don’t know how I’ll keep myself from making AND eating it all!
    Oh, and I’ve been told that I’m intimidating before too. I’m a 5’1″ shorty who has only ever heard she’s cute and adorable and pocket-sized. HOW is that intimidating?! So I’m like you – trying to be nice to everyone. Haha!

  28. Jodi

    I think because you posted these on my BDAY that it’s ok for me to tell you that
    you are after my own heart! I bought some of that Bubble Gum flavoring but haven’t tried it
    yet only because my kids are bigger now and I think I’d eat the whole batch myself!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  29. Wendy

    Your cupcakes look wonderfully fun! I have been using kool aid for years to flavor frostings but did not realize that bc had come out with these.

  30. Candice

    Just made these … Amazing! I used about 3/4 of the bubble gum packet for a lighter taste and added a tablespoon cream cheese to cut the sweetness a bit.. Also left out the marshmallow center but they were so awesome! Thanks of this great idea and helping me find this awesome frosting flavoring! Bubble gum yum!

  31. shellie

    Loved your cupcake recipe and marshmallow frosting recipe. One question re the frosting. One recipe calls for butter and marshmallow fluff only. The other calls for butter, shortening and marshmallow fluff. Is this an error, or are these 2 different recipes?

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