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.

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So so cute! I always wanted to buy those but didn’t know what do to with them.


OMG!!!! This “And last but certainly not least…Open Bar is a choice, not a challenge” had tears rolling down my face!

My hubby and I got married in an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica. I’ve never seen that much beer at breakfast! But, he was sober on our wedding day 🙂

Andrea @ Recipes For Divine Living

Great post, had me laughing and what a fun way to eat cake.


How cute!! Kids will go crazy for that, even myself 😉


Very cute. Somehow, I think I’m going to end up all a mess eating one though, lol. Did they make for messy eating? I realize the entire world may not be as clutzy as me. 🙂

Heather (Heather

Oh my gosh your observations are hysterical! And YES to no braiding on vacay…there’s a reason we don’t wear out hair like that when we aren’t in the tropics… 🙂


I agree on the no braiding on vaca. I actually had a local Jamaican tell me to never let my kids do that either, b/c they will ALWAYS get lice.


I have many times considered buying those little push-pop cups, but I’m wondering if they are meant to be disposable? Or can you use them over and over again? Is their durability such that they can be used for a long time?

What I have discovered on cruises…or any location where masses of people congregate: People are annoying. ;oP

Lauren at Keep It Sweet

These are way too much fun!

Um, I think your husband likes ice cream almost as much as I do. I would not be able to walk off the boat after a week of unlimited soft serve… you would have to roll me.

I have very thick, naturally curly hair. At age 12 I had not yet figured out the virtues of gel, smoother, anti-frizz, any of that amazing stuff. And we went on a cruise. In the summer, with the heat. You see where this is going. 4 bead-braids on one side of my head. 4 braids that stuck right to my head. The left side of my head had about 4 inches of hair ballooning out and around to the back. There are, unfortunately, pictures and VIDEO that will never go away. Ever. I can’t even. At least it will be… Read more »
Carolyn Mustopa

Best post EVAH!!! Your cruise observations were PIMP funny! Oh yeah, the dessert was very cool too 😉

Jen of My Tiny Oven

I am in for a cupcake anytime, but making them portable, lordy yes! I think I need to keep one in my purse at all times, in case of an emergency cupcake craving!

RJ (Kids and Cast Iron)

Love it. We went on a cruise for our honey moon and I remember thinking many of the same things. Cruising is a whole different world. I loved that soft serve machine.

Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet

I’ve had the push pop containers for months and finally broke them out a couple of weeks ago. They are kinda cute and the kids loved them. Although the portability only goes so far, pavlova and passionfruit curd push up pops in the lunch box with the lid popped off is not so great.

How brave of you to do the cruise, I look forward to seeing your Disney inspired posts:)


Sadly, I bought a bunch of these pushpops for cupcakes months ago but have yet to use them. I feel like I am waiting for something but I have no idea what.

sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more

awesome, I can just see grandma now LOL. And I want to try these push pops so bad, but they cost too much to ship here, darn it all.




Not so crazy about making the pops ( although they seem really cool) But your commentary is freaking Hilarious as usual!! You make my day!! 🙂


Hahaha! I have tears rolling down my eyes! You are speaking what I have in my head lol.

Also, the push pops? Genuis. I guess I must not be amoungst the cool crowd, because this is the first time Ive seen them

Darla | Bakingdom
Oh lordy! This whole post had me rolling! We went to Disney for the first time last year, and there was much of this going on there, too. I think it’d be pretty much the best time ever just to be a mouse in your pocket and watch you interact with everyone during the course of your cruise! Although. I have a confession…and don’t judge me… I…gulp…wore crocs all week at Disney. BUT they were really super cute, these-don’t-look-like-crocs crocs, so I think I can still hold my head high. I have had these push pops on my wish list… Read more »

Laughed so hard over your observations… the one about the open bar reminded me of “All you can eat is not a personal challenge.”

We used these containers to make desserts too, people LOVE them! To answer one person’s comment… they are plenty strong enough to be used multiple times (though you’d want to properly sanitize them). They are made of a plastic that can be recycled… but Whole Foods is the only place that will accept them in our area (Atlanta).


Your observations did make me laugh!!! I particularly like the comment about other people’s children. My husband and I have been saying something similar for years now. I’ve never tried push-pops before but you make it look do-able, so I’m encouraged to jump in and have a go. Thanks for sharing (particularly the first part!!)

Christina @ Ovenadventures

do you know what a fabulous idea this is for birthday parties!?!?!?!? like easier than cake pops more original and just as cute. i’m totally in love!


I am seriously laughing out loud over here! My boys will love these, gotta try it!
Oh my, still giggling about those Crocs, I totally agree


You really made me laugh .. thank you! What an awesome idea .. I’m off to buy some push pops now! Did you see they also make a cookbook for them? Not that you need it because you’re so clever, but here’s the link

Krissy @ Krissy

Love this post! People are so funny, and I could imagine that cruises bring out the best {and worst!} in people haha. I need to have my hand at these cupcakes pop. They are just so cute!

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

These are so ca-yute!!! Love those little push-up holders. Makes me want orange ice cream.

Cookbook Queen

Exactly why I will nevah evah be going on a cruise. A floating, inescapable island of rubber clad feet? No thank you.

I’ve been dying to try the push pop cupcakes…these look great!!

Katherine Stricklin

Where can you buy the push pops? I want to make these! They look delicious!

Krysten @ Mrs. Schwartz

These are so cute! Also, I totally agree about the vacation braids! Just about died laughing.


Those are too cute! Perfect for a party


I love making push pops. The first time i made them there were mini cupcakes flying everywhere because everyone was pushing to hard and fast. Two mini cupcakes fit perfectly.


I want a whole batch of these…like, now. Amazing!

Carley Carter

OK so I seriously laughed so hard when I read this post you are too much! I am so wanting some of these super cute push-up thingys! I want to make some. Thank you for the inspiration!




I’ve been on two cruises in my life…and I concur. With everything you said. Major concurrence. Except…I totally own Crocs. My pair looks like Vans, though. Just normal slip-on shoes. I hate the regular kind…with a fiery passion.


I have to admit, I got braids in FL when I was in my 20’s. The worst part, having to go to work with them when I got back!

I love this idea. These are going to be perfect on the sweet table for my cousins bridal shower!


Such a great idea!! I really want to make my own now!

Liz @ Tip Top Shape

People at buffets terrify me. I’ve been going to a lot of open houses for law schools lately that offer food at the end. I have skipped most of them purely to avoid the stampede of hungry students.

I love these funfetti push-up pops! Such a unique idea!


These look so cool! And I have a daughter who happens to have a birthday next week. I’m sitting here chanting “I do not need to spend $30 on birthday cake supplies. I do not need to spend $30 on birthday cake supplies.”

(I kind of need to spend $30 on birthday cake supplies).

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets

These are so cute! I’ve had my push pop containers for over a year now..i really need to do something sweet with them! 🙂


I’ve gone on 4 Disney Cruises now and absolutely love them! But I have to say…I agree with every single one of your comments. But I will add that on one of my cruises my mom were in the elevator with this lady who uttered the phrase “There are too many damn kids on this boat!” Really, lady? Really? And what did we expect when booking a Disney Cruise? Haha can’t wait to go on one again soon!

And btw…your push-up pops are an amazing idea! Can’t wait to try!

Theresa Crawford

Great post. I can’t keep those push up pops in stock at my shop. People by them by the 100’s. I find it a challenge to make 12! What do people do with 100’s?


Love, love, love these! I have seen the push pops before and have wanted to try them. These would be fabulous for kids birthday parties. Thanks!

Loved your Disney observations, too:)


I totally agree with you on everything. People be crazy!
Anyhoo, I love your cupcakes. I have got to get some of those push pops. They would be perfect for my daughter’s birthday coming up.


I am going to have to make these for my daughters birthday. She loves everything push pop, suckers, ice cream whatever.

Cookbook Queen

They look so great!!!

Liz Tesar

Oh my goodness. This looks amazing!


That is ridiculous. I love it!
How cool would I look if I brought these for my daughter’s class? I would look like I was the craftiest woman in the planet!


I’ve seen these all over the web and love them but haven’t tried them.

Sounds like your vacation was fun and “educational”!


I laughed so much while reading this post! Who knew that it was possible to combine the words “engorged tick” and “cupcake” in the same post, haha. This recipe is super cute, as well.