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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107 Responses
  1. Pam

    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 pops but it would be a HUGE help with estimating how much cake & frosting I’m going to need.
    Thank you!!!

      1. Pam

        Awesome, thank you!! That doesn’t sound too bad.. roughly 7 sheet pans of cake should be enough plus extras for “testing” lol
        Oh another question? Do you think it would be at all possible to make ahead & freeze prepared cupcake push pops?

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!!

  4. leigh

    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 =)

  5. Linda

    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 sure worth the trouble to put together instead of a good old fashoned cup cake.

  6. Emily

    As someone with chronic foot pain, I have to defend the comfortable footwear! I’ve always thought cruises sounded better in theory, because I’ve assumed the large number of people in a relatively small space would annoy me. Your post is just affirming my belief.

  7. Erin H.

    Maybe you didn’t notice this because you were on a Disney cruise…but in my experience people show waaayy tooo much skin on cruises. The ‘belly rolls’ and clevage I’ve seen on the 3 cruises I’ve been on will last me a lifetime! Must be the mentality of ‘I’ll wear what I want because I’ll never see these peope again’. Definitely something I don’t practice…we met up with someone on our last cruise that lives around the corner!

  8. Stephanie

    L.M.A.O.!!!! This has to be my new favorite post of yours EVER. Engorged tick…LMAO!! omg…being judgmental is the BEST. And you’re so perfectly snarky. Please, judge others more often!!!!

      1. Stephanie

        it IS though!! I’m telling you, it’s a guilty pleasure for so many. I honestly think you should add a blog section to TWWS that’s purely for guilty pleasure judging. The one thing I hate about the blog world is how fake and polite everyone is (or has to be). I can’t bring myself to do it. I often have my comments deleted 😉

          1. Stephanie

            Oh believe me it’s mild just to avoid deletion! But the blog world is THAT prissy. It’s really nauseating.

  9. My craft store sells the push pop containers… and I’ve seen them on almost all the food blogs… maybe this is a sign I should give them a try.

    Yours look fab!

    P.S. your posts crack the heck out of me!!!…… really, they do.

  10. 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.

  11. 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:)

  12. Nicole

    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!

  13. 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).

  14. 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!

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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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