Funfetti Push-Up Pop Cupcakes

Last week my family and I went on a cruise.

We had been planning it for about a year, and finally last week we went.

We had a fantastic time, really.  It was a Disney Cruise, so it was a great time for the whole family…


But I will say.  Over the course of the week on a boat with thousands of people I learned a few things about the human condition…

Would you mind if I shared some of my keen observations?  Thanks.

First, people are far too concerned with comfortable footwear.  I saw more pairs of Crocs and Tevas than one should ever have to bear witness to in their life.  I get that we are on a ship and that comfort is key, but comfort at what cost, I ask?

Second, I apparently am not a huge fan of other people’s children.  Sorry.  I am sure your kids are great and all that, but if we don’t share DNA…well…I’m not a fan.

Third, a free soft serve ice cream machine guarantees that my husband will eat no less than 6 ice cream cones a day.  I knew my husband loved ice cream, but I honestly had no idea that it could blossom into a full fledged addiction.

Fourth, old people dancing to The Black Eyed Peas makes me feel awkward.  Nothing against the BEP, any top 40 dance-ish song does the trick, really…I mean, when your Grandma yells, “Somebody call 911, Shawty fire burnin’ on the dance floor, whoa!” I just want to leave the room.

Fifth…the promise of free food via buffet makes people cah-razy!  Like stampede, crazy.  I have honestly never seen anything like it in my life.  I can’t say that I was above this either.  I became obsessed when feed-time rolled around every 20 minutes, if there was a buffet to be had, you could guarantee that I was there, elbowing people to get to the shrimp cocktail.  The sensation of hunger escaped me for a good 7 days.

Sixth, now ladies.  Please, I do not mean this to offend anyone…but never, EVER, get your hair braided with beads on vacation.  Besides appearing incredible painful it just looks bad.  We should never have to see that much of your scalp.  AND it makes your head look small, which in essence makes your body look big.  Kind of like an engorged tick.  We never want our body to appear proportionally larger, so just say no to “island braiding”.  It’s fine for the little girls, but if you are over the age of 15, it’s not a good look.

Also men, it will never be ok for a gentleman to braid either.  I was a first-hand witness to beard braiding.  Don’t let the islanders encourage you to make poor vacation choices.  The pictures will haunt you forever.  If Brad Pitt can’t make it work, you can’t either.

And last but certainly not least…Open Bar is a choice, not a challenge.

That is all.



While I was on vacation I got tons of dessert inspiration.  Disney makes some fun stuff.

This isn’t one of them, though, so stay tuned 🙂

I have seen these push-up pops all over internet-land for a while now…I finally decided to get some and give them a go.

I am HOOKED!  They are so fun and cute and portable.

I ordered them HERE.

Funfetti Push Up Pop Cupcakes.

Here was the assembly process…

I baked a cake (Funfetti) in a large “jelly roll” pan (15 1/4×10 1/4) so it was rather thin, and also made a batch of vanilla buttercream.

Then I use the top of the push up pop container to make the perfect sized rounds….this was my husband’s idea and I have to say it worked great!

After I poked out my cake rounds I started assembling…

I filled a piping bag with the vanilla buttercream…I didn’t bother using a fancy tip, because it was just gonna get smushed down anyway…I just snipped off the end with a pair of scissors.

Next I squirted in a bit of frosting…

I had some colorful sprinkles on-hand, so I figured, why not?

I layered the sprinkles, another cake round and more frosting…

I gently pushed the sprinkles into the top layer of frosting so they wouldn’t all fall off everywhere when you open the cupcake pop.

And I even added a cute little pink chocolate on top.

If you are wondering how to eat them, just take the lip off and push up.

So easy.

What’s even cooler is that since they come with lids they are totally easy to transport.

No worries about cupcake carriers…

Love these little guys!

Can’t wait to try out more fun ways to use them.

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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what a great idea for kids – just push up and eat what you want then you can still have the rest later – woohoo

Crab Dynasty

What a great idea! I’ve never seen these before. Thanks for sharing

Harry Jennerway

These look great but I can’t imagine actually eating one. I have this feeling I’d end up with sprinkles all over me and the cake on the floor.


I came here to view the recipe, but enjoyed your article about cruising even more.


How would I make these ahead of time without freezing?


How many minutes did you bake the cake in the large jelly roll pan?


I knew it was a Disney cruise as soon as you mentioned the ice cream machine! We went on one a few years ago, and it might have been me who couldn’t stop eating ice cream. Especially the banana flavor! And I have to say, I was never really sold on those push pop containers until you mentioned that they have lids and make things easy to transport. Now I’m going to have to give them a try!


O my goodness, I absolutely LOVE this idea…I’m actually thinking of doing something like this to make some extra money and this is a fantabulous idea not just because its so easy and attractive but I’ve seen no one in my country do this before! i live in Barbados and i want to add this to my list of cupcake ideas. is there an online site where i can purchase the pop up cups? any info would be greatly appreciated!


How many pushup pops did you make with the one box of cake?


Hi! You’re too funny with the observations. I feel the same way about the braids.

I know I’m late in the game, but I wanted to ask – how long do the cake pops last in the containers? Would I be ok making them the day before the party? And what kind of icing would you recommend for that? Just regular store bought? These would be for the kids at the party. The adults will be getting the layered cake.


Bren M.
Bren M.

I just found your website through my daughter today. Saw these and had to order the push-ups. Thought they were so cute. And I love what I’ve seen so far on your blog. Can’t wait to check it out some more.


Hi! I just came across your blog…and absolutely love it! You had me laughing aloud with this post (did I mention I share an office…got some strange looks my way! 😉 And love, love, love these cake push up pops. I just recently made cake pops, even though the fad has been going on for awhile, finally got around to it and now have a new treat to try. Will definitely be following your blog from now on. Just recently started blogging myself, and if you ever get a chance, would love (honestly) some feedback on mine. Thanks for sharing… Read more »


Wonderful idea, can’t wait to try it. Thank you for sharing..


How did you make the green stand they pops are placed into?

Becky Bridgham
Becky Bridgham

So funny and I love the pop idea! Can’t wait to try it out!


LOL my girlfriend recently took her family on a Caribbean cruise and I asked her to please please please do not get your little girls hair braided hahaha And you totally read my mind with the push pops!! I have to make 150 push pops for a kid’s party coming up and I was thinking of doing the sheet pan method for the cake layers as well. Could you please tell me how many push pops you were able to make from 1 sheet pan of cake? I know it’s going to take a LOT of cake to make 150… Read more »

Kathy J.
Kathy J.

You outlined ALL the CONS in a cruise and that’s why I haven’t been on one since I was 13!! Was ROFLMAO at work during a stressful day so thanks for that! Love the pops by the way!

Emilie @ Emilie

How many pops did this recipe make? They are super cute!

Shauna from Piece of Cake

God, I love ya. “Open Bar is a choice, not a challenge.”


bridget {bake at 350}

Oh, Shelly! I am laughing so hard, that my child is yelling across the house, “What’s so funny?!?” 😉

I have never been on a cruise…I’m going to reread this post if I ever get the idea to book one.

AND, I have had a case of those push-pop containers in my guest room closet for, oh, about a year now. Thanks for the inspiration to DO something with them!!!


I am so thankful that Pinterest led me to your website! I could not go to sleep last night as I was drooling over your creations and could not looking to the next one! I cannot wait to try your amazing ideas =)

Cookie Sleuth

Such a cute dessert! I love the pops- built in portion control. Looking forward to the Disney-inspired recipes.

Vicki V

Hilarious observations! Love the push-up cake creation. I’ve never seen these before, but what a great idea!

Cristin (Pinkie) of Cristin

Love the push-pops. I’ve only used them for cookies so far, much easier to wash and re-use 😉 These look really pretty and fun. I’m glad to hear you had a fun family vacation. Love all the tips too!


I guess you have feet that do not hurt otherwise you would not give other people’s footwear chopice a second thought. In fact I have yet to wonder why people care what other people choose to wear. If the person is happy with how they look who are we to judge? Same for the hair braiding. It is the rude people that i find hard to deal with and yes the kids that the parents think are so wonderful and we should all be willing to put up with them in our space. The portable cupckaes are cute but not… Read more »

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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