Spring Rainbow Push-Up Pop Cupcakes

My husband bought an exercise vest.

That he wears in public.

Is this grounds for divorce?


It looks like he has bombs attached to him like the bad guys in terrorist movies…

Yes, that’s him…getting ready to go out where living humans can see him.


This morning he put it on inside the house and did all sorts of weird calisthenics.

Some of those images can’t be erased.


I mean, I am all for keeping him healthy, yada yada…

but at what cost?


Tim Gunn, please hear my cry.


I just had to share that with y’all.

Misery loves company.


Back to things that make me happy:  Push-Up Pops.

I did them a few months ago, but since then I got the fun book Push-Up Pops by my friend Courtney.  Have you guys seen it?  It’s super sweet and is chock-full with cute ideas!  She did a rainbow version of the push-up pop in the book and my little guy loved it so much he asked if I could make them for the Spring Party in his classroom…but he specifically asked for “Easter” colors.  That kid’s a thinker.

You can follow my step by step instructions here, or again, I certainly encourage you to get Courtney’s book 🙂


I used a vanilla boxed mix and divided the batter in half.  I tinted one half pink and the other purple.

I baked the two colors in 9×13 baking dishes.  You want them to be thin layers.

I used the push-up pops to poke circular pieces of the cake.


I made frosting using THIS RECIPE and tinted it spring time colors, yellow and green.

I used a ziplock bag to pipe the frosting into the pops.


Here’s the assembly process…

One round of purple cake topped with frosting…and if you’re feeling fancy add in some pastel sprinkles…

Then finish it by adding another cake layer in your other color and more frosting and sprinkles…

That’s it!

You can purchase the Push Up Pops HERE. or HERE or HERE.

73 Responses

  1. Larissa

    My husband is a Marine and often goes running in cammies, boots, and his flak jacket. It’s a lot sexier when he is all matchy matchy. Much better than seeing him run in his swim trunks

  2. Love this! They are so creative and fun. Pretty prettiness.

    My kids would love these for school parties. Or even birthday parties! I’m thinking gifties!
    I love how they travel. I wonder how long they’d keep soft?

  3. Okay, so I have the same vest and don’t wear it because it is not so attractive, but now that I know your husband wears one too, I’m going for it – we’re gonna set a new style trend!

  4. ok your husband walking around looking like either a swat team member or crazy dude is totally grounds for divorce. at home in the basement is one thing or maybe Wal-Mart but no where else should that be worn.

    Did you find these were messy to eat?? I’m thinking of making some for my kids birthday party

    1. shelly

      Not too messy… you just have to push up slowly 😉 I have made them before and the kids have no trouble eating them!

  5. Cute! The pops, not the vest. The vest worn on the outside of clothing should not be allowed the leave the house. Tell him he’ll burn even more calories if he wears a heavy sweatshirt over the vest. Done.

  6. Advice to your husband…do NOT try to sneak that thing past a TSA agent. It will NOT end well.

    Maybe he could bribe them with these cute push pops though….pastels are kind of soothing, non-threatening colors, right?

  7. Sooo pretty!
    Now I don’t feel so bad about my husband sometimes wearing a back brace (wraps around his lower back) thingy now:) I do “make” him wear it under his shirt.
    You make me laugh!

  8. Cherry

    Long time lurker of your cute and yummy looking blog but I had to break my silence for the sisterhood of wives with husbands who wear THE VEST! My husband wears it out jogging or exercising and while doing stuff around the house. I support it only because it will supposingly help his bone density (who ever heard of a 37yo guy with osteoperosis but he’s one of them!). It took me a while to get used to but as long as its limited to “while exercising” or in the house I don’t really care anymore though I still snicker. I’m also not WITH him when he’s out of the house with it or I’d walk in the other side of the street likely 😉

    Can I have a frosting only push pop? I’m pretty sure as a kid that would have been AWESOME!

  9. Firstly, you need to make some sort of cover for that vest, I am thinking some sort of pink fabric with cupcake appliques or something with bling, then tell him it is for his safety, then take pictures for us. Secondly I so want to make these pops but the shipping to get them here is way too much:(

  10. Love these! I need to get Courtney’s book for sure!
    Your husband is too funny. Did he go running in his jeans/belt/vest combo? Now that would freak me right out!


  11. Stephanie

    Okay, first of all…L.O.L @ your husband AND your description of him…I feel your pain! Second, super cute pops!! 🙂

  12. Love the push pops, will have to give them a try. Funny thing about the weight vest, my brother-in-law has one, for some reason had it on while moving his car, wrong place at the wrong time, surronded by cops and hauled out his car and thrown down on the ground, cops with guns drawn. The price you pay for fitness 🙂

  13. I think I’ll lay off my husband when he wears white socks with black shoes. 🙂 The vest cracks me up. I’ve never seen one before so what is it supposed to do?

  14. Debra Kapellakis

    he he he, Where would we be without our husbands? This is the first time I have ever seen an exercise vest, I hope my hubby don’t get one! lol The main reason I am writing is about these push up pop cake things! WOW! First time I ever saw anything like this fantasticly fun looking and yummy too! thank you for sharing!

  15. SWeetsugarbelle

    This is one of those cases where you just…lie! Buy him a black jacket and tell everyone he’s a super important FBI agent and he has to wear a bullet proof best while he runs…or he’s on the bomb squad, or now that you don’t really “know” him but now that you’re a superfamous blogger, you’ve had to hire a bodyguard to protect you. If all else fails you can bribe people into silence with pushpops!

  16. Katie

    That green is the exact color I need for my wedding. Can you please tell me how you made the frosting that color?!! Is it just food coloring?

  17. I just love your site and this Spring idea got me so excite to try this. This is amazing and thank you so much for sharing. I hope you don’t mind I would love to post the Spring Rainbow Push Up Cakes to my blog. I am going to have to try this one, I have just started to really enjoy cooking over the last year and this looks fun.

    Thank you!

  18. Suzanne Toby

    Sorry my comment is coming almost a whole year later than the others, but I just found your site.I love your creativity with the colors in your push ups. I bought a large case of the containers last summer and have not had occassion to use them very often. My husband made me a great display piece. He took an old 2X4 we had, drilled holes in random spaces, and then painted it white so it looks nice. It works great, especially if your needing allot at one time. I want him to take the underside and make smaller holes for cake pops. They are really the hardest to display. I don’t want to invest into a professional holder if I don’t have to. Normally I only make the cake pops for orders. They sure are popular , but very time consuming. Thanks for sharing your talents with all of us on facebook. I look forward to getting updates.

  19. Heather

    I stumbled on here from Forever Folding Laundry. Just wanted to comment on the vest. I saw a guy in a big city wearing one of those vests. I’m from the country so it totally freaked me out. He was jogging behind me , caught up, passed me then stopped and let me pass him. TOTALLY FREAKED me out!! Thank you for setting my mind at ease Now I know what he was….. just a perfectly harmless excercise freak. I thank you for the laughs as I read some of the comments. I don’t laugh out load very often so my family will be having me checked out soon.

  20. If I saw your husband running with that one, I think I would panic. He looks like he’s wearing a bullet- proof vest. Seeing him running without a gun would make me wonder who he was running from and wear did his gun go?

  21. Grace

    OMG Shelly! your ideas are reallllyyyy fantastic…! thanks for this recipe! I just love the idea of the push out pops! Pi gave these a try, & they were awesome! & plus, the kids loved <33 them too! There great, easy & cute! Great job! keep up the great work and great ideas!!

  22. Christy

    I’m making these tonight for a ladies’ luncheon tomorrow. I decorated a table based on a gerber daisy stand up 3D napkin and needed an off-the-wall dessert. Not only do the spring color pop ups fit the bill but compliments it too. Thanks so much for the post! And I love my new cookbook!

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